Two years ago, Banana Jam Cafe hosted its first IPA Day celebration. In fact, I’m fairly sure it was South Africa’s first as well. I remember the preparations and what a struggle it was to get enough IPAs on tap to fill a taster tray. A taster tray at Banana Jam takes six beers. Six. But finding six IPAs in South Africa in 2012 was like looking for a hop pellet in a bag of fish food.
Fast forward to 2014 and IPAs are everywhere. IPA celebrations are happening across the country and this year, the Jam will be pouring THIRTY different IPAs both local and imported (though not all of them are on tap). Here are 15 IPAs you can find in South Africa – use it as a checklist and see if you can tick them all off before the 2015 celebrations…(and yes, feel free to share your additions in the comments section).
Locally-brewed American-style IPAs
1. Devil’s Peak King’s Blockhouse IPA
2. Copperlake IPA
3. Cockpit Mustang IPA
4. Woodstock Brewery Californicator IPA
5. Toti Hopstrosity IPA (first person to try this wins a hop cone)
1. Caldera IPA
2. Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
3. Penpont An Howl Reserve IPA
4. BrewDog Hardcore IPA
5. BrewDog Punk IPA
1. Devil’s Peak Red Wine IPA
2. Citizen Saboteur English IPA
3. Devil’s Peak Black IPA
4. CBC Mandarina Bavaria IPA
5. Robson’s Hammer of Thor Double IPA
So – how many have you tried? What’s on your IPA bucket list? And what else would you add to this list?