Celebrate National IPA Day: A Guide To Great IPA's On Tap

James Gribbon

Holy Mother of God, do I love IPAs." Thus did I begin acolumn from my early days as a beer writer here at the Bites of CT, and the bloom has yet to fall off that particular rose. Two of the beers in that review from 2011 aren't around anymore, one remains a permanent favorite, and today is a particularly good day for anyone who shares my adoration of the sainted hop.Happy National IPA Day, everyone

Here's a quick rundown of a few spots who have reached out and let us know what's on tap. Anoint thy lips. 

J. Timothy's Taverne in Plainville looks ready, with a Connecticut-focused lineup:

All the Plan B locations are on the bandwagon with a different offerings at each location:

West Hartford

New England Gandhi Bot

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine

Grey Sail Captains Daughter

Firefly Cone Flakes

Stone Ruination 2.0 infused with American Oak

Green Flash Soul Style Bright and Tropical

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin


New England Gandhi Bot 

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine 

Grey Sail Captain’s Daughter 

Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Extra 

Victory Hop Devil Nitro

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA


Maine Lunch

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine

Lawson’s Super Session #2

Cornodao 19th Anniversary

New England Gandhi Bot

Dogfish 120 Minute

Relic Troplical

Founders ReDANKulous

Fent Fall Coffee Brett

Ballast Pint Grape Fruit Sculpin

Grey Sail Captains Daughter

Kent Falls Ales for ALS

Sierra Nevada Hophunter14 

CASK: Back East Palet Mallet 


New England Gandhi Bot

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine

Maine Beer Lunch

Ballast Point Sculpin

Weyeracher Last Chance IPA

Victory Moving Parts Batch #3

Captain Lawrence Pilot Grapefruit IPA 


Sierra Hophunter

Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion

Maine Lunch

Maine MO

Victory Nirvana

Relic Tropicale

Riverhorse IPA

Stone Ruinantion

Allagash Curieux

Dogfish  90minute


Stubborn Beauty Nummy Nummy'

Sam Adams Rebel IPA

Troegs Perpectual IPA

Green Flash Soul Style IPA

Clown Shoes Galactica

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Two Roads Honeyspot Rd. White IPA

Feeling lucky? Local Kitchen & Bar in Fairfield tapped Sea hag, Gandhi-Bot and the door-busting, bar-demolishing Godzilla of local IPAs, Fuzzy Baby Ducks, last night. I wouldn't count on finding any ducks, but the other two (along with 668 Belgian ale) may still be there for the asking. [This is your occasional reminder that Sea Hag is quietly one of the best IPAs in New England.] 

The Sitting Duck Tavern in Stratford recently tapped Maine Beer Co. Mo, Peeper, Lunch and Zoe, so eastern Fairfield County hopheads should still be able to get their fix with at least one or two of Freeport's finest.