Hana Eckermann: We are in Berlin-Mariendorf witnessing the Stone IPA Madness.
Hugh Eckermann: This festival of German IPA's is presenting 25 beers from 17 breweries from all over Germany.
Hana: The first known use of the term IPA "India pale ale" is an advertisement in the Sydney Gazette in 1829. Pale ale, originally the British beer style, had a high hop content preserving it for the long sea journey from England to India, says the legend.
Hugh: In the modern times, IPA has become the flagship beer style of the craft movement. Strong, flavorful, and very hoppy.
Hana: We are talking with Liam Urwin.
Hugh: The festival today is an IPA Madness. What can you tell me about IPA's in general?
Liam Urwin: It's a very popular beer style that's evolving all the time. In Berlin especially, you see so many different variations of the style; New England IPA's being very popular at the moment with their big, juicy, malt body.
Hugh: It's live brewing today. What exactly are you going to be brewing?
Kai Zackschewski: I am Kai Zackschewski. I think I want to brew New England IPA, but like double IPA, so it's little more bitter then the normal New England IPA's.
Hugh: These New England IPA's seem to be what people like right now. What makes them so special?
Kai: I think it's the easy drinkability of this beer style, because it's like juice. It's hazy and it's really fruity from the hops.
Hana: So we are talking with Thorsten Timmer. Do you like this IPA style?
Thorsten: It's not really my taste, because - how is it in English - bitter?
Thorsten: The best one I take was the Schönramer Bayrisch IPA. But my favorite will be "Altbier" from Düsseldorf.
Hugh: What have you had today, that's been outstanding?
Anthony: I am Anthony from Australia. I've only actually got 2 beers deep, so still early days, but I am liking the Callista Go to IPA variation.
Ben: My name is Ben, from the US. What I really enjoyed today was the Winterperle and the Go To IPA with Callista and Hüll Melon, both from Stone. Those were fantastic. They are both a little lighter in body so it allows the hops to really blossom, and make a really good aroma in your nose. And then on a palate very subtle bitterness - but a lot of fruity and citrusy notes from the hops.
Hana: And I am talking with...
Arno: Arno from Germany. I have only tried 5 so far, so nothing super special yet, but I really like the Go to IPA since it's easy drinkable. And we have like what - two in the afternoon so, yeah…
Hana: ...you still have time to taste all the other 20!
Arno: Correct, yeah.
Hugh: The IPA Madness festival confirmed the current popularity of New England IPA's and a surprising trend towards IPA's with a lower alcohol content.