Sunday, May 27, 2012

Everything You Need to Know About IPA Festival 2012


We are now less than a week away from our 4th Annual IPA Festival. This blog post serves as a complete guide to everything you need to know about the festival. 


The Basics:

Date: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Time: 7pm-11pm
A night of Hoppy Beer, Spicy Food, & Funky Jams.

Cost: $35
Limited number of tickets available.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

The Beers:

Fort George Brewery Collaboration - Vortex on the Bay    

The first official public tastes of this beer will be at IPA Fest. Fort George Brewery sent brewer Jason Palmberg out to brew their Vortex IPA recipe on our system with our water & yeast. We will return the collaboration during our FL-Oregon Trail trip to the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland, OR. More info on this can be found in a Blog post here:

IPA Chronicle 5: American Classic  

Brewed with 3 classic American hops: Chinook, Cascade, & Centennial. This is our new Standard IPA. More info on this beer can be found here:

The Rock DIPA

Double IPA, brewed with buckets-full of Centennial hops. This strong golden IPA will assault your palate with bitterness & flavor.

Black Cherry Double IPA 

The Rock, conditioned on organic black cherry juice. 

The Rock Down Under 

We love our Nelson Sauvin hops. So we took our hoppiest beer & dry-hopped it with the New Zealand-grown hop that puts a smile on so many of our faces. 

Cask: Nelson Sauvin  IPA 

One more thing to love about firkins: they can make a beer available faster than the usual process. The cask finishes fermentation with dry-hops in the keg, saving some time. Well, we recently brewed some of our Nelson Sauvin single-hop IPA in time to have a cask ready to pour at the festival.

Cask: Hops in the Vortex (Calypso dry-hop) 

Our collaboration with Fort George Brewery, conditioned in a cask full of Calypso dry-hops.

Vortex IPA 

"With generous additions of Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial hops throughout the brewing, fermentation and conditioning phases, balanced with heaps of organic pale malt, we designed this to not rip the taste buds off your tongue, but rather vigorously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstacy of pleasure. "
More info here:

Ruination IPA 

Stone's ruinating palate-wrecker. If you're not familiar with this beer by now, do yourself a favor & have a pour when the chance arrives. Hop varieties: Columbus & Centennial

Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA (Galaxy + Centennial) 

What happens when you take an already great IPA & dry-hop it again with New Zealand-grown Motueka hops? Something delicious, no doubt.

Double Dry-Hopped Sublimely Self-Righteous (Simcoe) 

Another amazing offering from the San Diego County brewery. Their stellar Black IPA, conditioned on piney-citrusy Simcoe dry-hops.

Hopsecutioner IPA 

Terrapin's standard IPA, always pleasant. Hop varieties: Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade (dry hop)

Hopzilla Double IPA 

The newest offering in Terrapin's Monster Beer Tour. Made with 100% Marris Otter malt & the following hops: Bravo, Chinook, Centennial, Citra (dry hop)

Easy Rider 

A seasonal session ale for the Summer. Hop Varieties: Galaxy, Bravo, Zythos, Centennial and Amarillo

Side Project 16: Phlux Capacitor 

One of the few wood-aged beers at this event. Hop Varietes: Columbus, Nugget, Bravo, and Chinook (dry-hop).“This Beer Will Soon Become Your Density”

Jai Alai

Cigar City's standard IPA.

Humidor IPA

Another wood-aged IPA. Cigar City become world-renowned when this beer won a gold medal in the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. Jai Alai aged on cedar.

Peach IPA

Jai Alai aged on peaches to bring out the peach/fruit notes out in the hops. 

Maiden Voyage IPA

Nelson Sauvin single-hop IPA. The first beer brewed on CCB's new 30bbl brewhouse.

Oak-Aged Spring Overhead IPA

Seventh Sun's Spring seasonal IPA aged on French oak.

Intergalactic Pale Ale IPA

IPAs are no longer brewed for trips to India. This beer was brewed with Galaxy hops & is ready for intergalactic travel.

Big Nose IPA

Rapidly becoming a standard beer for Florida IPA lovers. Hop Varieties: Centennial, Amarillo and Columbus

Darkwater Floridian Dark Ale

Best Beer in Florida at the 2011 Best Florida Beer Competition. Swamp Head's Black IPA.

10-10-10 Imperial IPA

Swamp Head's Limited Release Double IPA. "Fertilizer for the hop lover's soul."

Mojo IPA

Mojo is this Colorado-based brewery's standard IPA, brewed with Amarillo & Centennial hops.

Mojo Risin' Double IPA

Double the Mojo.

Cranberry-Apricot Mojo IPA

Boulder's Mojo IPA aged on cranberry & apricots. First time this has ever poured in Florida.


The standard IPA for this Michigan-based brewery.

Head High IPA

The standard IPA from this beach-loving Jacksonville brewery.


The Music:

Music by Ultraviolet Hippopotamus


Rock / Jam / Electronica / Prog
from Grand Rapids, MI

From their website: "In an era which seems like everything has been done before, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has carved themselves a niche sound of it's own with genuinely heartfelt lyrics coupled with compelling composition and explosive instrumentation. The music created by this five piece band from Grand Rapids, MI. is progressively diverse, always switching between genres throughout the course of a show - sometimes even throughout the duration of a song. Their live shows have become an avenue for the band to build upon the core of their songs, exploring new ground, creating tension and taking risks for those moments of pure musical ecstasy, giving fans a unique and original experience within every show. UV Hippo has 3 full length studio albums and numerous live recordings and is widely considered one of the most promising bands on the scene with unparalleled musical talent and vision."
Listen to Ultraviolet Hippopotamus here:

UV HIPPO will perform 2 sets during the IPA Festival. Enjoy the beer, enjoy the talent.


The Food:

 Throughout the event, we will be offering some light munchies on the house. But there's no need to eat out beforehand, because our kitchen will have the following offerings available for purchase during the event:


  Spicy Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwich

Bratwurst or Veggie Dog

Snakebite Shredded Chicken Sandwich


Snakebite Baked Beans 

Jalapeno Mac 'n' Cheese

Spicy Collards

Fruit Cole Slaw



The Glass:

This is the 5oz tasting glass with which you will be sniffing & tasting hoppiness:


The Raffle:

Dunedin Doggie Rescue will be holding a large beer-themed raffle to benefit their endeavors to place abandoned pups in loving homes. Expect a slew of rare beer bottles, shirts, & other beer memorabilia.


The Homebrewers IPA Throwdown 2:

Coordinated with the IPA Festival is a homebrew competition called the IPA Throwdown, which was organized in conjunction with our homebrewing friends of the Dunedin Brewers Guild.

Hombrewers have registered their best IPAs to be judged in the following categories: American IPA, Double IPA, English IPA, Black IPA, & Experimental IPA

Gold, Silver, & Bronze medals will be awarded in each category. The top 3 beers in each category then go on to the Best of Show round, where Dunedin Brewery's own brewery crew will pick their favorite IPA. This Best of Show-winning brewer will be invited to brew their IPA recipe with our brewers on our system, as an installment of the ongoing IPA Chronicle.

More info here:

We will also have a few homebrewing guilds pouring their hoppy concoctions during the festival.




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