How the Journey to India led to the birth of IPA

How the Journey to India led to the birth of IPA

Indian Pale Ale is a personal favorite of mine, and it always interests me to find the history of the best tipples. Whilst facing a decline during the early 20th century it has seen resurgence during the Campaign for Real ale and Craft Beer Movement, with virtually every craft beer club stocking at least one of the beers. It’s the strong hoppy taste that really that gives it that iconic taste, it’s why I love the beer but what’s amazing is that same iconic taste actually comes from preserving the ale from a long journey across the open seas.

The journey which of course I’m sure you’ve guessed by now would have been from Britain to the Indian colonies. George Hodgson of the brewery Bow Brewery was known as one of the first breweries to engage in the beer trade with India. One of his more popular beers was the October Ale, a type of ale that required a long ageing process in order to deliver the rich taste required. This was ideal as it meant that the voyage to India actually complimented the beer rather than acting detrimentally against it.

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As breweries competed for the best beer to survive these conditions investors turned towards more innovative strategies. Allsopp, Bass and Salt brewery built upon Hodgson’s beer by creating a strongly-hopped beer. There is a myth surrounding the beers of this time that they were a lot stronger in alcohol volume, however this is a complete myth as they were actually around slightly weaker. By the 1840s the beer had come so popular that demand to export the beer to England started to gain traction.

It was around this time that American, Australian and Canadian variants of IPA began to develop though quite similar, there remains to this day a distinct difference in taste between the different regional variances, to the point where some London Breweries now brew American IPAs. In the UK IPA usually refers to low-gravity beers with a low alcohol volume.

American IPAs are distinct due to the hops used, such as Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Nugget. The variance of America IPAs even go so far as to have regional differences between East Coast IPA and West Coast IPA, with the East Coast focusing on a far more hoppier flavor whilst the west coast focus on a far more maltier flavor. One thing that is for sure is that like most good things in life IPA was founded by complete and utter accident.

Food from the World: Gulab Jamun

Food from the World: Gulab Jamun

I first came across the concept of Indian food while reading Of Customs and Excise , a collection of short stories written by Mara Rachna. It deals with the mixture between the Occidental and Hindu culture and it puts focus on the way in which these two cultures are forced to interact and on the way in which they strive to coexist.

The Indian gastronomy is an interesting topic discussed there and which is often seen by Occidentals in a peculiar manner. Gulab Jamun is a type of Indian sweet dish that combines different flavors like rosewater, cardamom or saffron and represents an important part of the Indian history.

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Cute Infographics From Around the World

Cute Infographics From Around the World

So I heard you are interested in traveling the world. That’s good! You will surely have a blast if you manage to find the pot of gold hidden by leprechauns and pay your way into the world. And once you manage to do that, you will also need a few pointers on how to behave when you’re on another man’s territory.

The following infographics are very useful and practical. You are going to love them!

1. Spain – Yes, I heart it and yes, it is one of the best countries to visit and relax in. Starting with Barcelona, Cordoba and finishing with Málaga (which should have been on this map), Spain is a place that shouldn’t be missed.

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7 Hindu Traditions Scientifically Explained

7 Hindu Traditions Scientifically Explained

Every culture has its own traditions and beliefs that have been perpetuated for generations. Living in a changing world makes preserving traditions quite hard especially because most people tend to rationalize everything. So the Hindu traditions for example might seem stupid for those who don’t understand their meaning.

But did you know that some of these traditions can actually be explained through science?  Discover more about the explanations that are behind 7 of the most popular Hindu traditions and understand better the world around you. Take a look!

7 Hindu Traditions and Their Explanations

1. Indian women wearing toe ring – it is sexy, mystical and it differentiates the married women from the single ones but these are not the only reasons why Indian women wear toe rings. These rings are worn on the second toe which it is said to contain a nerve connected to the uterus, passing through the heart. Through this, the uterus becomes stronger by regulating the blood flow in the organism. And since silver is a great conductor of energy it will absorb the bad energies from the body.

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