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Drink614: A Commonhouse IPA by and for the people

By Steve Croyle
Self-proclaimed beer aficionado

When Lenny Kolada launched Commonhouse Ales, he intentionally opted out of brewing a standard IPA. With an Imperial IPA, and two seasonally oriented session IPAs in the portfolio, Commonhouse had the hops bill covered, but there’s a reason the IPA category is so heavily saturated: people love a standard India Pale Ale.  It’s the ideal craft beer. So, Commonhouse will debut an IPA in 2018, and you can help them decide how to brew it.

Right now, through December 1st, you can drop three bucks to sample three tasty incarnations of a straight forward, American version of the iconic IPA. The malt bill is essentially the same, but each version has a different hop profile. When you’re finished sampling, you can rate the three, and Lenny will use the feedback to determine the final recipe, but not before he assembles a tasting panel of 20 people who will be invited to a private tasting on December 4th.  



All you have to do is belly up to the bar at Smokehouse Brewing Company, order the flight and fill out the tasting card. It’s a great chance to put on your beer judge hat, and see how your impression stacks up to others. Moreover, the private tasting, which has a nominal fee of 6 bucks due to state law, is bound to be quite a bit of fun. Lenny’s hospitality is legendary.

After the private tasting, the process moves pretty quick. This beer will most likely debut in early 2018, so your impact as a voter will be felt immediately, which is more than we can say for other types of voting.  

It’s no secret that brewers put a lot of thought into what sort of beer the public wants, but actually inviting the public to step inside the development process with such direct and immediate input is a bit *ahem* uncommon. To that end, the resultant IPA will truly be a reflection of Columbus.  Commonhouse is inviting you to decide just how to brew the most popular beer style in city. That’s kind of a big deal.

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