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 (CDA) is this: think of an American IPA, only instead of pale it’s dark brown to black, like a roasty Porter or Schwarzbier. In other words, very much a “black IPA.”
You’ll notice that I laid out three possible names for this new style; unsurprisingly, the naming issue is the main area of dispute among the beer geeks and it should be obvious where I stand as far as the name goes. So this week in addition to reviewing a number of these new black beers, I’ll dig into the style definition and the naming dispute a bit as well.