High Water Brewing Hop Riot IPA
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As the sun sets over the beautiful Bay, sipping and researching Hop Riot IPA from High Water Brewing is a throwback to college in three ways. My first IPA at the now closed Raleigh’s on Telegraph was extremely hoppy and just a teensy bit fruity, kind of like this IPA with 7.3% ABV and 50 IBU. The familiar flavor brings back happy memories of sitting in Raleigh’s outdoor beer garden with friends. That was ten years ago, but 100 years ago this upcoming August was the actual Hop Riot of 1913, one of the first agricultural labor rights events in the state. A strike of farm laborers harvesting hops in Wheatland turned violent, resulting in four deaths and controversial litigation. Doing research and educating myself on the riot makes me feel like I’m back in college, the beer itself tastes like college, and I’m seeing the same sunset I watched while in college here in the East Bay. Thank you, High Water Brewing of San Leandro, for this deliciously crafted beer that takes my senses to other happy and hoppy times.