Fire Up #IPADay with a Spicy Pairing!

Jennifer and the CIAAs a brewer and self-proclaimed foodie, one of my favorite things to do is pair our beers with food and I know I’m not alone. In fact, many brewers have a theory about pairing IPAs with food: the bitterness in hops affects the heat in spicy food.

To celebrate IPA Day (Thursday, August 6), we put this theory to the test and I joined the awesome culinary professionals at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y. to “study” this theory. My excitement level was off the charts to conduct an official sensory experiment with food experts.  If tests at school had been this fun, I’d be back in a heartbeat!

How We Did It: The Taste Panel & Sample Ballot

At the CIA, we tested this theory using an easy method and delicious materials. We tasted the three West Coast-style IPAs in our Rebel family – Rebel IPA, Rebel Rider Session IPA, and Rebel Rouser Double IPA – alongside a single recipe of Buffalo wings. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. (more…)