Best Brew Pub IPA in the South
Looking for the best Brew Pub IPA in S.C., N.C. or Ga.. Suggestions?
Well, let's see:
Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill, NC won Gold at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival with it's English-Style India Pale Ale. I'd say that has to be on your list. It's a great example of the English style, which many people like.
Many folks, me included, like Hoppy Hour IPA from the Mash House in Fayetteville, NC. It's a hoppy American-style IPA.
For a Double IPA, I recommend Seeing Double from Foothils Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC. It's an excellent beer.
Went to Mash House in Fayetteville this weekend. Hoppy Hour IPA was good. Good Nut Brown Ale also. Since I will be visiting Fayetteville occasionally, I plan to return.
5 Seasons in Atlanta turns out a very good American-style IPA from time to time called Spiny Norman. They now have 2 locations, and they're brewing different things at each.
Twain's in Decatur (Atlanta) is a relative newcomer on the brewpub scene. They re-tooled from bar/pool hall to brewpub/pool hall just recently. Their brewer worked at Dogwood Brewing up to its demise (which wasn't related to the beer at all). Twain's had 2 different IPAs on tap (an American and a "red" IPA) when we were there a week ago.
If you head to Twain's, you shouldn't miss the Brick Store in downtown Decatur. Their Belgian bar upstairs is one of the best beer experiences in the country.
Another thing that comes to mind is that the La Chouffe Houblon was on tap there a while back. Amazingly IPA-ish for a Belgian and excellent on draft.