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Here in Lancaster County, we’ve been truly blessed by the beer gods. We have easy access to an amazing number of quality craft brewers, both within and just across our county borders.
No matter what your favorite style is, chances are someone nearby makes a very good version of it. For a long time, my favorite style was the double IPA. (Nowadays, it’s probably the Gose, but double IPA fits better into this “Make it a Double” theme we’ve got going on.)
Here are my picks for two of the best local DIPAs:
Libation – St. Boniface Brewing
“Libation” is sort of an old-fashioned word, and the name suits this DIPA perfectly. It’s more in the style of an amped-up version of an English IPA than the West Coast hop bombs that have come to exemplify the style. There’s a nice balance here, with both hops and malt prominent in the flavor profile, and the 8.5% ABV is beautifully hidden. This is a great example of what a brewer can do when they aim for classic simplicity rather than over-the-top experimentation.
Simcoe Must Be Destroyed / Citra Must Be Destroyed – Spring House Brewing
These two DIPAs each focus on a different hop varietal, and make the most of its particular juicy, dank flavors. These are hop bombs for sure – massive bitterness with all the piney, citrusy, resiny tastes you’re looking for in that style. They’re both huge beers (10.5% ABV, thank you very much), and they’re both outstanding – it’s just a question of which hop you prefer. Me? Aw hell, I can’t make my mind up about something like this. Gimme one of each.