The 30 Days of IPA project kicks off a month of events centered around the historic brewing capital city of Edinburgh next month. For the whole month of April a selection of ten pubs and bars across the city will be devoting all of their hand-pumps and a large section of their bottled offerings to different styles of India Pale Ale, many specially brewed for the event, from ten different Scottish brewers.
A wide range of IPA themed events are also planned, from an IPA (Indie,
Punk, Alternative) Battle Of The Bands to sporting tournaments, pub
quizzes, "Meet The Brewer" events and a gala dinner and prize-giving at
the end of April.
This year's project also sees an enduring legend being tested - a
classic piece of beer mythology suggests that the nature of the beer
changed drastically on the long voyage from Britain to India, so three
of the brewers involved have produced custom-made IPAs to the original
recipe - a cask of each is currently spending two months on board a ship
while it sails the Forth estuary and surrounding coastal waters, while
three identical casks will spend the same period in a modern, climate
controlled beer cellar. On the 25th of April all six casks will be
subjected to a blind tasting by a group of industry experts and beer
lovers from the Edinburgh area.
For more information on the project, including the chance to be
involved in all of the events including The Great Edinburgh Beer
Experiment, please visit http://www.30daysofipa.co.uk