An IPA is an India Pale Ale. By definition, it is simply an overly hopped pale ale. That’s because hops have preservative oils that kept the brew fresh on the voyage from England to British colonies in India in the 18th century (when beer was not produced there).
In this case, “barleywine” manages to be both a helpful description and a tricky misnomer.
Let’s start with what it gets wrong. Barleywine is not wine. It is a beer made from sugars extracted from grains. So why in the world is it called a wine? Because of its strength and complexity that are similar to that of wine. (more…)
Before we can even make a single “here’s how the story gose” joke, the beer is pronounced “goz-uh.” So that won’t exactly work. But it does have a storied history going all the way back to the thirteenth century that is still worth telling today – especially for those who love a good comeback. (more…)