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Hops Enough for All of Us

By William Brand
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005 at 6:19 pm in Uncategorized.

If hoppy beers are your bag or you think they might be, then there’s no better place to be in America this Saturday, Aug. 6 than at The Bistro, 1001 B St. in downtown Hayward, CA.

The event is the eighth annual India Pale Ale Festival. Festival founder Victor Kralj said over 30 breweries from all over Northern California and many from Southern California have entered their IPAs. Hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; $15 admission. There also will be live music and barbecue all day. Info:, (510) 886-8525.

Among other great breweries are beers from all three Pizza Port breweries in Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solano Beach, CA. Some great beer is coming out of all three of these unusual, small breweries. Also, for the first time this year, Ballast Point, an award-winning San Diego brewery and Michael and Anne Altman’s
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax.

India Pale Ale is a beer style originated in England in the 18th Century. Beer made from new for the era, pale barley malt, was brewed quite strong, placed in wood casks and placed aboard ships bound for India. By the time it arrived four months later, it was ready to drink — fully fermented, dry and delicious and a world famous style was born.

American versions today are much stronger and a great deal more hoppy than either the original or the modern British IPA. They are, Kralj points out, something not to miss. He’s not kidding. See you there.

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