Hey, hop heads... do you ever feel like you have to apologize for your single-minded devotion to the floral bud because you really have no interest in drinking anything other than IPAs and IIPAs? Do you harbor some doubts in the back of your mind that perhaps you are not a well-rounded beer drinker because you just can't get into nor do you really care about, say, stouts or saisons?
Well, fear not says none other than Pat McIlhenny, owner and brew master of world-famous Alpine Beer Company.
Here's Pat in an interview in the September print edition of the West Coaster:
Q (Victor Sjoberg): I think you make the best IPAs in the world. How do you feel about a statement like that?
Pat: That's quite an honor, but there's a lot of good IPA brewers around here... well, I would have to stick to the west coast, because the people that say beer needs to be balanced... they just drive me nuts. An IPA is not a balanced beer. It is not intended to be a balanced beer. If you've got a nice, malty backbone for an IPA, it's not an IPA in my opinion, it's something else.
Glorious. Simply glorious.
We know the beer community is supposed to be one big happy family but Pat definetely qualifies as someone who can lay down some implied smack on other regions of the country.
Front Range, Midwest... East Coast... what say ye?