At this point referring to craft beer as a trend is laughable. The craft beer scene has exploded between 2011 (when all we had was DC Brau and Port City) and today, where we have more than 25 local breweries giving us more beer choices than we can sometimes even handle. But the style that seems to reign supreme in the craft beer world is the IPA -- there are literally thousands to choose from. But preferences vary by region, of course.
RateBeer and VinePro decided to compare regional favorites and put together a list of which IPA's were rated the highest by each state. In order to qualify, the beer had to have at least 50 ratings with a score above 50 -- only Arkansas and West Virginia did not make the cut.
Can you guess what our local favorites were? We'll give you a hint... think really local!
DC Brau's The Corruption
This is our local take on a Pacific Northwest IPA, brewed right here in the District proper. It "straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma's of pine sap and burnt spruce." Fitting that a beer from the guys who helped make brewing a reality in D.C. would win over the hearts -- and palates -- of D.C.!
Flying Dog's Raging B*tch
Made in Frederick, MD, this Belgian-style IPA has a sweet malt body and hints of pine and grapefurit hop flavors. It pairs well with Wasabi, ginger, jerk, Cajun, or cayenne; tangy cheese with fruit; and dark chocolate.
Hardywood's The Great Return
This West Coast-style India Pale Ale was first released in 2013 and is bursting with grapefruit aroma. The Great Return is "is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River as a bounty of vibrant aquatic life, eco-friendly recreational activity and ... fresh brewing water." It is brewed in Richmond, VA and pairs nicely with sausage, sushi, smoked fish, spicy Asian-inspired dishes or cheddar cheese.
Find the entire list of favorite IPAs by state here.