Sea Dog Brewing Company - Old East India Pale Ale
- ABV: 6.2%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 30
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
Pete Camplin, 55, the owner of Sea Dog, opened the brewery in Camden in 1992. He had been homebrewing since college and made his living working in construction, restoring old buildings. Given his passion of brewing and experience in renovations, no one was surprised when he decided to transform a dilapidated shoe factory into a microbrewery. Camplin is an inveterate sailor and seaman. He named his brewery after his dog, Barney, who was Camplin’s frequent sailing companion. Unfortunately, Barney has passed on, but his memory will live on as he is featured on each Sea Dog label, replete with a yellow fisherman’s cap.
The brewery’s India Pale Ale (IPA) comes to you with some serious accolades, specifically, it won the Gold Medal at both the 1997 & ‘98 World Beer Championships, the Silver in ’95, and a host other awards from state and regional competitions. The IPA style has an interesting history. It was originally brewed to serve the British troops in India. The soldiers were allotted a paltry 8 pint a week ration and to worsen matters, it often arrived spoiled from the long voyage from England. Eventually, British brewers realized that by increasing the amount of malt they could ultimately increase the alcohol content of the beer and it would be less likely to spoil. They also learned that by aggressively hopping the beer, the resulting higher acidity also acted as a preserving agent protecting the beer against infection by wild yeast. Thus, the India Pale Ale was created by the British so they could ship unspoiled ale to their compatriots in India.
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