Monthly Archives: April 2010

CDA Week: The style, the name

So some of you might be wondering, “Just what is this ‘Cascadian Dark Ale’ anyway?” Well, there’s a couple of ways to answer this. First, let’s get an overview of the style… although that gets into the name issue as well. In a soundbite, the style is a “Black IPA” (forget for a moment that “IPA” is short for India Pale Ale). Think of taking something like a Schwarzbier or a Porter and hopping it … Continue reading →

CDA Week: Three Creeks 8 Second IBA (mini review)

This past weekend, we traveled over to Sisters to have lunch at Three Creeks Brewing and thinking of CDA Week, one of the beers I ordered was the 8 Second IBA (India Black Ale). This was one of their first beers on tap when they opened (and was the first CDA style of beer that I know of brewed in Central Oregon) and is described on their website thusly: This unique style is truly an … Continue reading →

Press Release: Redhook Ale Brewery Releases Big Ballard Imperial IPA

Pacific Northwest Brewer Celebrates Roots with Tribute to Founding Neighborhood In a tribute to the first Redhook Ales poured in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in 1982, Redhook Ale Brewery (NASDAQ: HOOK) will release its Big Ballard Imperial IPA this month. The imperial IPA features an assertive hop flavor and aroma with high hop bitterness as well as a rich, deep golden color. Redhook’s Big Ballard Imperial IPA will be available in 22 ounce bottles and on … Continue reading →

CDA Week: W’10 Pitch Black IPA

Widmer pitched their hat into the Cascadian Dark Ale arena this year with their W’10 Pitch Black IPA (this year’s Brewmasters’ Release). Somewhat confusingly, they gave the beer the “Black IPA” moniker but give credit to the Cascadian Dark style on their page for the W series: Pitch Black IPA is a Pacific Northwest twisted tribute to an IPA style of beer. It is almost a traditional IPA but it is instead brewed to the … Continue reading →

Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) Week

Welcome to Theme Week for April 2010! For this week I decided to focus on the (somewhat disputed) new beer style of Cascadian Dark Ale—although if you find that name confusing, then it’s entirely possible you’ve heard the alternative name of Black IPA, or even India Black Ale. And if you haven’t heard of any of those, then this should be an interesting week for you! The short, quick primer for the Cascadian Dark Ale … Continue reading →