August 6, 2020 – National IPA Day | National Root Beer Float Day

When it Comes to Refreshment, Do You Like it Bitter or Sweet?

Welcome to  August 6th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the best to beat the heat whether you enjoy the bitter or sweet. 

In the late 1700s, the British Empire spanned the globe, and one of its largest colonies was India. The Brits living there demanded goods from back home, so there was a significant trade route between the two countries. One of the most popular imports was beer, which didn’t age well when shipped to warmer climates. George Hodgson of the Bow Brewery in London came up with a solution. He brewed a lighter style of beer, called pale ale, then increased the amount of alcohol and hops in order to prevent spoilage. The downside was that the hops would lose their fruity flavor and produced a bitter taste. And so was born the India Pale Ale. It’s a beer that is sure to cause arguments—people either love it or hate it. If you’re one of the lovers, raise a pint today to celebrate National IPA Day.

Beating the heat is not always easy when it tends to stay hot well into the evening, and if you find yourself daydreaming of refreshment in the peak of Summer you’re not alone.   It was on such a night in 1893 that Frank J. Wisner noticed the snow capped peaks of Cow Mountain in Colorado looked just like ice cream floating in soda.    The next day he scooped creamy vanilla into cold root beer and a soda fountain classic was born: the Black Cow.  Today we call them root beer floats and we suggest scooping up one for yourself on National Root Beer Float Day.  And while you’re at it, get to daydreaming.  You never know what good things will come from a little goofing around.  

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