In Anaheim, Calif., IPA Day is seemingly every day. Locals get up every day, yawn, stretch, and think of how good they have it. “The world’s best IPA is literally brewed a mile from my house,” says local homebrewer and beer guy, Bradley Daniels. “How crazy is that?” And Brad isn’t exaggerating. His claims were validated by judges around the world back in May of 2016.
Blessed by the World Beer Cup Champion small brewery award, Noble Ale Works is just a short walk from Angel Stadium and Honda Center. Specializing in flavorful beer, they won gold for IPA among 275 entries from around the globe for I Love It! IPA and bronze for Nobility Double IPA, not to mention bronze for Nose Candy Session IPA at the Great American Beer Festival back in October 2015. It’s hard to argue with so many awards, Anaheim is home of the IPA.
Creating an award-winning IPA among so much competition isn’t easy. Noble’s head brewer Evan Price says the experience they get from brewing single hop beers plays a big role in hop selection. Not only is it educational for the brewing team, locals also seem to learn how certain hops taste and smell. “I had Noble’s Big Whig IPA and I thought I smelled a certain hop, then asked the brewing team if that was in the beer...turns out I was right!” says Shelby Baskins, a local hair stylist that lives nearby in the Platinum Triangle.
When it comes to IPA Day on Thursday, August 4, don’t hesitate to stop in Noble, get a growler fill, a pint, or heck, do a flight of all eight IPA’s on the tasting room wall.