Way back in the olden days, over 20 years ago, when craft beer was still emerging and the annual Washington Brewers Festival (or whatever it was called) took place at the old Herb Farm in Fall City, beer drinkers around here most-often reached for Amber Ale. Our collective palate was still evolving and we’d not yet been introduced to anything like the super hoppy IPAs that so many people adore today. Sure, a very small number of breweries had dabbled in IPA, like Bert Grant’s Yakima Brewing, but the beers they made back then didn’t much resemble the IPAs we love today. For the most part, homebrewers were the only people who’d ever heard of IPA. It was not yet “a thing.”
One Saturday afternoon in Fall City, that all changed. I’m all but certain it was 1995 or 1996. All the clamor at the beer festival focused on a new (or newish) brewery that was serving a beer called IPA and it was blowing everyone’s minds. Diamond Knot IPA was the buzz of the festival that year.
While that exact beer might taste dated by today’s standards, back in those days, when were served a steady diet of Amber Ale, this was the craziest, hoppiest thing most people had ever tasted. Well, we all know what’s happened in the world of beer since then. IPA is undoubtedly the most popular style of craft beer. It even has a day of its own: August 3rd, National IPA Day.
A lot of beer has passed under the bridge over the past 22 years, but I still remember that Saturday afternoon when Diamond Knot IPA blew everybody’s mind for the first time.
Diamond Knot Brewing invites you to celebrate National IPA Day with them. If there are other National IPA celebrations going on, I encourage you to share what you know in the comments below.
From Diamond Knot:
“In honor of National IPA Day, we are putting on at least 9 different IPAs as we show of our 22+ years of IPA brewing prowess. Come on down and enjoy all the hoppy goodness you’ve come to expect from the DK Brewhouse. Kegs tapped at both locations at noon.”
THE LINE UP:
East Coast IPA
Rye Knot IPA
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