Lord Hobo Brewing Co. Steal This Can
American IPA, 6.4%
"I have infinite respect for a brewery that comes to this festival -- this festival that tests the will of men and breweries -- and only pours three different IPAs. Props to these guys just for their raw gall. And they're all kind of great. Their Consolation Prize beer is anything but. I think the one with the lowest ABV, Steal This Can, is possibly the best of the three, better than Boomsauce and Consolation Prize. Steal This Can had a lot of hops for a 'smaller' IPA, but was also refreshing.”
Jack's Abby Brewing Hoponius Union
"They didn't have an IPA. They had an IPL. But we're breaking all the rules and putting them on this list! But what's an IPA, anyways? In a lot of ways, without getting to technical, or perhaps incredibly technical, something with a lot of hops. Yes, this is a lager, but it trumps a bunch of IPAs that will remain unnammed that I've had this evening. This is a helluva beautiful, wonderful-to-drink, hoppy beer. Jack and his Abby are [unintelligible, but definitely something positive].”
Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery
Double IPA, 10%
"The men that leave factories covered in grease at the end of the day should probably not be picking up a six-pack of this 10% double IPA. They should pick up at least 3.5 of them and drink that. That should be their routine."
Societe Brewing Co. The Pupil
American IPA, 7.5%
San Diego, CA
“I don't know if you remember the horror movie from back in the day called Apt Pupil. If I was to watch that movie, which I don't believe is very good, I would drink a lot of these and just focus on the beer, because it's wonderful. Also, The Faculty was really good. [Editor's Note: We ask Ben to stop talking about movies and tell us more about the beer.] OK, fine. It's hoppy. It's a classic San Diego IPA with a little bit of an extra rip to it.”
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist and has never seen Apt Pupil. Follow him to beer samples at: @LeeBreslouer.