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6 IPA Beers to Try This Summer

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Happy National IPA Day! Celebrate the holiday by cracking into one of these hoppy but refreshing beers.

1. FLESH & BLOOD // DOGFISH HEAD

Blood oranges are known for their intense citrus flavor, but also for their dark, almost gorey insides. Delaware brewery Dogfish Head plays off this macabre imagery with a new IPA called Flesh & Blood. The flesh in this case is lemon pulp and the blood is blood orange juice. The brewery also selected special hops to include: “Warrior, Centennial, and a rare experimental hop.” The citrusy beer is tart but very drinkable, especially on a hot day.

2. HOP ‘EM HIGH // LONERIDER

Premiering in late June, this double IPA packs a hoppy punch. The North Carolina brewery included Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe hops in the brew. Drinkers will enjoy a light citrusy flavor with a hint of pine. The amber-colored beer is sold in 12-ounce cans.

3. HI-10 // TERRAPIN

Is there anything more summery than a surf-themed can of beer? In July, the Georgia brewery Terrapin released a new 12-ounce can of beer called Hi-10. The new beer, which is part of the brewery's Side Project Series, is a spin-off of an earlier brew called Hi-5. This imperial IPA is made with mangos and habanero peppers, making it a spicy but fruity choice. Looking ahead, the brewery is also releasing a beer called Luau Krunkles this fall, which will have tropical fruits like passion fruit, orange, and guava.

4. WATERMELON DURADO // BALLAST POINT

Watermelon is a divisive ingredient in beer, but lately the watermelon lovers seem to be winning as more beers are featuring the fruit. Ballast Point released their dangerously strong Watermelon Dorado in 12-ounce can form earlier this year. The brewery recommends you enjoy this beer with a summery meal like a shrimp po boy or pineapple custard. At 10 percent alcohol by volume, you probably won’t need to down too many of these before needing a nap on a pool float.

5. MASTER OF KARATE // ASLIN

Coming from the beloved Virginian brewery Aslin, this rare beer debuted earlier this year as a crowler. The IPA was created using Galaxy, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops and has over 8 percent alcohol by volume, making it fairly strong. Despite the name, it doesn’t look like this beer has anything to do with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

6. REBEL GRAPEFRUIT IPA // SAM ADAMS

Despite its large scale, Sam Adams is still technically a craft brewery. The company tries to embrace this title with their series of Rebel IPAs. Their latest addition to the collection is this summery IPA. The beer is made with Mosaic, Citra, Centennial, and Cascade hops, in addition to grapefruit peel and added grapefruit juice, ensuring the drinker won't want for flavor, and has an ABV of 6.3 percent.

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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