Craft Brews in Vancouver, WA
The ABCs of IPAs in Vancouver USA
KNOWING YOUR ABCs MAY BE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ANY EDUCATION, BUT IN THE WORLD OF HANDCRAFTED BREW, IT'S KNOWING YOUR IPAs.
Short for India Pale Ale, IPAs have won over Northwest microbrew fans with their big hop signature, higher alcohol content, and distinctly floral or fruity nose. Standing out is no small task, considering the Pacific Northwest is one of the most brewery-packed regions in the world.
For fans looking to get schooled, Vancouver USA offers plenty of options for discovering this classic hoppy brew.
- HEATHEN BREWING'S TRANSCEND IPA This IPA has no problem transcending the competition. This light-bodied ale beat out more than 60 brewery entries from across the country at the 26th annual Oregon Brewers Festival to take home the Battle of the Brews trophy. IPA enthusiasts will appreciate the smooth, silky texture created by grains of NW Pale, Crystal, and Caravienne malt. It pours out a golden-orange brew with just a hint of citrus to off set the bitter.
- LOOWIT BREWING COMPANY'S SHADOW NINJA IPA Brewed in the heart of downtown Vancouver in view of Esther Short Park, Shadow Ninja joins an impressive roster of original brews Loowit has turned out since opening its rollaway metal doors in 2012. Floral aromas entice the senses while the bold but easy-drinking beer lingers on the palate.
- MT. TABOR BREWING'S BRIDGE LIFTER IPA A tribute to the twin drawbridge towers of the Columbia River's iconic Interstate Bridge, this big-tasting brew opens the door to the hop highway with its zippy combination of Cascade, Zythos, and Falconer's Flight hops. And at 6.8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), it's bound to get your motor running.
- DIRTY HANDS BREWING COMPANY'S POWDER MONKEY This black IPA is not for the faint of heart. Dark in color and smooth in spite of its slight mocha bitterness, Powder Monkey boasts a 7.2 ABV that won't go unnoticed. All of Dirty Hands' ales are brewed in a post-prohibition style at the historic Columbian newspaper building in downtown Vancouver, only further adding to the experience.