Brewer claims IPA 'first'

09 July, 2009

Scottish brewer Brewdog has launched an IPA aged for two months on the founder’s mackerel trawler.

The company claims that the beer, matured on the vessel owned by James Watt, will be the first commercially-available, sea-aged IPA launched in the last two centuries.

Watt took eight barrels of the beer on the ageing voyage earlier this year, after finding inspiration in a recipe contained in an 1856 Brewer’s Handbook he received for Christmas.

Watt said: “The term IPA has lost its meaning and UK brewers mainly use it to describe beers which are neither particularly hoppy nor high in alcohol.

“We wanted to take the style back to its roots and we have created the first genuine IPA for two centuries.

“Atlantic IPA is the most ambitious brew project we’ve accomplished to date.”

The bottle-conditioned beer is a limited edition, retailing for £10 a bottle from specialists including Utobeer and Real Ale in London, Cornelius in Edinburgh and Beer Ritz in Leeds.

IPA was originally an 18th century beer with a high hop content that acted as a preservative on the long sea journey from Britain to ex-pats living in India.




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