Thirsty Thursdays – Best IPA in USA? Agreed.

I couldn’t let the first ever Thirsty Thursdays post go by without talking about my favorite beer when writing. It’s the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Esquire Magazine calls it, “perhaps the best I.P.A. in America.” It is, and I know I’ll get cuffed and stuffed by the cliché police for this one, but it’s a simple metaphor, it is…heaven.

I like many different kinds of beer, but they have to be at the right time. Miller Lite? Perfect at the game with a dog and some peanuts. Corona? An absolute must after mowing the lawn during a Texas summer scorcher. An outdoor Pat Green concert calls for Shiner Bock. Paulaner Oktoberfest? It’s gotta be out of some giant mug, I’m wearing my lederhosen and surrounded by like-minded folks dancing on tabletops to 80s music with a “Prost!” here and there. But there is no more perfect beer than the DH 90 IPA. Why? One word: TASTE.

Okay, it also has a ridiculously high alcohol content to lube the noggin, but it really does taste very, very good. Could it be that this beer, being born in the same state that I was (Delaware), were destined for each other? It could. I believe in such circular things. But there is something about cracking one of these badass, expensive ($12 a 4-pack – that’s the one lame thing about it, it’s packaged the same way wine coolers are) brews open after all the kiddos have gone to bed, sitting down in front of the computer in delicious silence and reviewing a rough draft, adding to an outline, or simply reading some sentences that I created that really aren’t half bad.

What about you dear readers? What libation do you use to get your write on?


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3 Responses

  1. What does IPA stand for?

    • Kathleen, Good to hear from you! IPA means India Pale Ale, so named because back in the days of yore, sailors would add extra hops into the beer so the yeast could have something to eat on the extended voyage from Europe to India, and their beer wouldn’t go bad.

  2. Thanks, Mark, I hope you and the family are all well. I really enjoy your posts and forward some to my daughter who teaches writing at Lone Star college and is a non published author. I don’t drink so I never would have guessed about the beer. Best wishes, Kathleen

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