It’s that time of year again when beer lovers are encouraged to raise a big glass of hoppy goodness and toast the IPA, the beer style that has arguably been more responsible than any other for a renewed interest in craft beer and brewing around the world.
The celebration happens every year on the first Thursday in August (one day before International Beer Day) and brewers and venues around Australia are getting in on the action. To make it easier to find something near you, we’ll list all the IPA Day events (at least, the ones we're told about) on this page.
Staves / Shenanigans Hopfoolery IIIPA Release (NSW)
If you're going to make an IPA for IPA Day, there's no point mucking around. Staves and Shenanigans certainly haven't with the creation of Hopfoolery, an 11.3 percent ABV triple IPA. It's their experimental antidote to the sessionable, smashable, clean, lean, hazy, low bitterness beers that have become the style du jour. Theirs is intended to be big, bold, ballsy – but always balanced. See how they fared when it's launched at Staves Brewery from 4pm alongside a new brown IPA, their American IPA and the last keg of the Belgian Black IIPA.
IPA Masterclass at Modus Operandi (NSW)
It's fair to say they know a thing or two about hoppy beers, do the folks at Modus Operandi. So, as is now customary, they'll be celebrating IPA Day with a masterclass where you get five IPAs (two of which won't have been released previously), a fancy IPA glass to take home and an evening with the brewers. It's just $38 and places are already filling fast. Book here.
Modus Operandi Tap Takeover at Royal Albert Hotel (NSW)
The Royal Albert Hotel will be showcasing the best and freshest beers of Modus Operandi, with a lineup that's heavily skewed towards their IPAs. Head brewer Dennis and the Modus crew will be along to share a few beers.
International IPA Day (After) at Hotel Sweeney's
They've been banging out the tap takeovers and interesting beers this year at Hotel Sweeney's, so they were hardly going to let IPA Day pass by without acknowledging it. Actually, they were because they decided to have their IPA celebration the day after. Still, with beers from the likes of Buxton, Batch and Big Shed, Hope, Holgate and Yeastie Boys, you'll have to find it in your heart to forgive them.
IPA Day at The Pumphouse (NSW)
Using the occasion to tap a few more and a few more special IPAs than usual, The Pumphouse in Darling Harbour will have at least six special beers to get stuck into: Mismatch's Hazed and Confused IIPA, Murray's Blood Orange IPA, Young Henrys' Winter Hop Ale, Big Shed's Jaffa Black Marmalade IPA and a couple from Akasha – Wooden Leg IIIPA and the brand new Black IPA.
IPA DAY at The Quarryman's Hotel (NSW)
The pied pipers of Pyrmont will be leading drinkers on a very happy and hoppy journey, with the staff of The Quarryman's Hotel having pulled together some of their favourite IPAs to share over the duration of the weekend.
IPA Day at Noble Hops (NSW)
For their first ever IPA Day celebration, Redfern's Noble Hops has called in beer from some of the country’s finest IPA producers, many of whom just happen to have put out new releases. Expect to see the likes of Modus’ Triple Deity, Pirate Life’s West Coast IPA, Fixation’s Squish, Feral’s trophy winning Finn Diesel, Akasha’s new Black IPA, Mornington’s new Single Hop Fortnight and the whopping Hopfoolery Triple IPA from Staves and Shenanigans. Taps will be hop heavy all weekend.
IPA Day at Bitter Phew (NSW)
You'd expect the team at Bitter Phew to pull together a classy list of IPAs of all shapes and sizes for such an occasion, and thus it is so with everything from Single Hops to Triple IPAs to soured IPAs to tea infused IPAs on offer on the day and over the weekend. Brewers you can expect to see include Evil Twin, Shenanigans, Staves, Mornington Peninsula, Two Birds, 8 Wired, Boatrocker and Yeastie Boys.
Akasha Black IPA Launch NSW)
If you were going to bank on just one brewery to make a new beer for IPA Day, it'd be the hopsmiths at Akasha. They're coming to the party armed with a Black IPA which they'll be launching at five venues across Sydney: Rag & Famish in North Sydney, Rozelle's Welcome Hotel, The Pumphouse (see above), Bank Hotel in Newtown and The Horse in Surry Hills.
4 Pines In Season IPA No.5 Launch (NSW)
Over the past couple of years 4 Pines has won plenty of fans with its In Season IPA releases which utilise the freshest hops they can get their hands on and which therefore alternates between using Northern and Southern hemisphere harvests. They’re using IPA Day as the excuse to launch the Southern-hopped In Season No. 5 in cans, though you can try it first at the Manly brewpub alongside a new Mosaic IPA and New England IPA.
Victorian IPA Showcase: Round 2 at The Terminus (VIC)
The premise is simple: The Terminus has invited ten Victorian brewers, asked them all to bring their best IPA, will put them all in the beer garden and let the public in to decide which is the state's best – head here for more details. Note: this is happening on Saturday August 5.
IPA Day at Newstead (QLD)
Newstead Brewing will be doubling the fun as both their breweries turn the taps over to IPAs. Doggett Street will be pouring Newstead's Two to the Valley, Black Tragic Black IPA and 'Astra' Single Hop IPA as well as the Brouhaha Citrus NEIPA, Modus Operandi's Former Tenant and Ekim's Citralaxy West Coast IPA. The Milton venue will be pouring Two to the Valley, Black Tragic Black IPA and 'Astra' plus Feral's War Hog, Modus' Sonic Prayer and Slipstream 7G West Coast IPA. Doors open at 10am.