Beery Christmas Day 7: Camden & Wicked Weed Versus IPA
Camden and Wicked Weed Versus IPA – North London meets North Carolina
Long-term Beery Christmas fans will no doubt be delighted by the return of Camden Town Brewery. Founded in London in 2010 by Australian Jasper Cuppaidge, the multi-award-winning Camden Town Brewery is one of the UK's biggest Craft Beer success stories.
This year Camden has teamed up with Wicked Weed - another young Craft Brewery that's rapidly becoming a legend. Based in North Carolina, this family-run brewery has a special talent for barrel-aged Sour Ales.
Just one year younger than Camden, they too have earned a mighty haul of awards in their short but undeniably prosperous life, entering RateBeer’s Top 100 and showing off their talents at the invite-only Mikkeller MBCC beer festival in Copenhagen.
Versus: Oldskool IPA Vs. New World hops
Camden’s collaboration with Wicked Weed, Versus is an authentic IPA and an instant classic. The idea was to brew a hardcore old-skool English IPA and spice things up with US hops.
Brewed with piquant New England yeast, and whole variety of hops including bitter, citrusy Magnum, and fragrant orange scented Amarillo – all present on the floral, fruity bouquet - this hazy gold India Pale Ale is a perfect introduction to the style.
To complete the picture, Versus is dry-hopped with juicy Huell Melon, tropical peach and passionfruit Galaxy, and zesty Citra for a fruit cocktail of hops flavours, all set in a clean caramel malt body for a long, languid, deliciously fruity finish!
So, you made it to Friday? Congratulations, it’s not easy on a dark December day. To bring a little comfort food not your day, we recommend a simple fettucine alfredo – silky, creamy buttery pasta sauce with parmesan and parsley – 5 ingredients and it’s ready to eat in under 30 minutes.
IPA, YouPA, We all IPA!
Possibly the ultimate Craft Beer style, IPA has an enduring appeal thanks to the awesome use of hops that give each India Pale Ale its own unique character.
But why so heavy with the hops? We’ve known about the preservative properties of hops since the 12th Century, but 200 years ago a British brewer, George Hodgson started exporting his beer to India.
Back then the sea voyage took months, and the beer often arrived in less than tip-top condition. So, to make sure his beer survived the trip, Hodgson had a brainwave: he decided to double-down on the hops and a whole new style was born! …and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since then, IPA has gone in and out of fashion a few times, but thanks to the Craft Beer revolution it has taken the world of Artisan Ales by storm, and now it looks like the humble India Pale Ale is here to stay…
Camden Town Brewing was born from a Sliding Doors moment, when founder Jasper Cuppaidge missed his flight back to Australia. Stranded in London, he decided to stick around and start brewing. Surely that's proof that Karma is a thing, right?