Wolfpack Double IPA: Craft Beer Retailers Collaborate on Brew For International IPA Day
If you thought the craft beer community wasn't alive and thriving in the Valley before now, you're either not a beer drinker, or blind. Just take one look at the sheer number of craft breweries in metro Phoenix and Arizona. And while the brewers certainly deserve a lot of the credit for all this activity, there's another lot that we have to thank for bringing forth frothy glasses of locally-made beer to the masses: the retailers.
Photo courtesy of James Swann
And tomorrow, local beer drinkers will have a chance to drink to that -- in a big, delicious way.
"This began with the idea that all the brewers have their guilds," explained James Swann, a longtime craft beer enthusiast. "They can play house anytime they want."
To even the playing field Swann recently rounded up a gang of non-brewers who, like himself, are passionate about beer but lack a way to turn that passion into, well, actual beer.
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Sunday, June 16 a group of local bar managers and owners collaborated with Rob Sizemore and Matt Weber, owners of Tempe's Sleepy Dog Brewing, to create a double IPA in honor of Interational IPA Day on August 1. They dubbed the beer the Wolfpack IPA, a name reflecting the collaborative effort of the city's craft brew bars and pubs that's also a nod to the guys of Sleepy Dog.
"It was pretty neat that all of us were on the retail side," said Hana Allison of World of Beer, who participated on brewing day. "To go to the brewery...that kind of experience is unparalleled."