Beer Fact or Fiction #1000: India Pale Ale was originally called October Ale

Problem: Back in the late 1700’s you couldn’t brew beer in India because it was too darn hot, and the standard brews of the day couldn’t make the 6 month journey from England. The British Empire being well steeped in barley sandwich tradition could not go without, and the need for a solution was paramount.

Solution: A Londoner by the name of Hodgson was up to the challenge, creating a strong, heavily hopped beer called October Ale which was able to make the journey. Over time, the technique was refined, and India Pale Ale (IPA) was born.

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