National IPA Day,
a relatively new celebration of the palate-wrecking style that first set the region apart from old-world brewing traditions.
we brought you a few locally-made IPAs to get the hoppy holiday started right, but that was just an introduction. With hop-forward beers getting new treatments and unheard-of experiments at local breweries and beyond, we figured it was time again to help you sift through all that's available for the few that are worth drinking.
This year, we present to you five more locally-made IPAs — all of which were created within the last year and all of which are currently available on draft.
5. Progress Brewing Cavalry Double IPA
In just more than a year, Progress Brewing has successfully watered the former beer desert of South El Monte, brewing quality approachable beer and slowly luring untrained palates into the hop-head realm
. Cavalry was the brewery's first double IPA and it is a meaty, malty 7.7%ABV brew with a sweet front and balanced, bitter finish. Cavalry is also the gateway beer to Sidewinder, a more-citrusy, brand new double IPA now pouring at the tasting room. 1822 Chico Ave. South El Monte; 626-552-9603.
4. Golden Road Brewing Heal the Bay IPA
Originally released last summer
as a way for Golden Road Brewing to support the beer's namesake SoCal nonprofit, Heal the Bay IPA has become one of the brewery's favorite seasonal IPAs. As one of the first original creations from then-new Brewmaster Jesse Houck, the beer was a bitter wake-up call to L.A.'s palates. Thankfully, this light-in-body-not-in-flavor beer has been pretty widely and consistently available in the last few months, with kegs on draft throughout the region and four-packs of cans on shelves everywhere from Whole Foods to your local liquor store. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles.
3. Smog City Brewing Company GrapeApe IPA
Another radical experiment from Torrance's Smog City Brewing, the GrapeApe IPA series asks, “What would an IPA taste like if it was brewed with grapes too?” Since last year, the brewers have added a different grape varietal into each batch, gauging the public's response when everything from Muscat to Chardonnay juice is fermented along with malt. Always different and endlessly nuanced, GrapeApe is a must-drink when found on draft. 1901 Del Amo Blvd. Torrance; 310-320-7664.
It feels like every week there's another quirky beer holiday to remember, from Beer Can Appreciation Day in January to last week's International Beer Day. But in Southern California, no dedicated-to-craft-beer day is more exciting than