Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

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Palate Experiment: IPA-free January

Living in the land of Lunch, Calcutta CutterEpiphany, and Swish, it’s far too easy to end up drinking hoppy beers by default – and I’m beginning to worry that my hoppy “habit” is causing me to miss some of the other styles that deserve more attention.

I thought about how to remedy this, and I came up with a bit of an experiment.

For the month of January, I will ban IPAs from my beer choices.

I know that this is not as hard as giving up beer altogether. However, it does give me a guideline that will help me to make choices when at the bars, bottle shops, and breweries that I regularly visit.

This experiment isn’t really designed to determine how difficult it would be to stay away from IPAs. Instead, it’s a way for me to re-focus my beer tastings to other styles (and maybe even other breweries).

Want to join in? Here are the guidelines as I’ve set them out:

  1. Drink no IPAs or Double/Imperial IPAs.
  2. Drink no American Pale Ales (APAs) because they can be very similar to IPAs.
  3. Branch out your drinking to as many other styles possible.
  4. Discuss the results. #noIPAJan

I am leaving myself two exceptions:

 1. If I am offered a friend's homebrew. (I.e., I'm not going to let this experiment turn me into an ungrateful jerk.)
 2. If I am required to drink one because of a writing assignment.

I know that, to many of you, this sounds like a simple task. There are a wide diversity of beer styles available, and it shouldn’t be hard to find beers to fill the gap, especially in winter. But, to me it is still worth trying.

If anything, it’s an exercise in being more aware of what I’m drinking, staying outside of my comfort zone, resetting my palate, and seeing if there is anything that can be learned from the experience.

Wish me luck and let me know if you plan to participate!

Cheers!

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1 Comment

  1. Mark

    That will be like giving up sex, not sure I can do that!!

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