Local craft beer heroes from the South Bay and beyond congregate along Redondo Beach’s International Boardwalk for an examination of hoppy beer, exotic aromas and flavorful opinions during Naja’s Place 8th IPA Festival that starts this Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. It is a week long event that caters to the most effervescent beer seasoning around, hops. The flowers of the climbing plant Humulus lupulus, a member of the family Cannabaceae (which also includes cannabis) are the odoriferous ingredients behind most hop-centric beers.
Naja’s IPA Fest is serious business among beer geeks and for good reason. All types of IPAs (India Pale Ale) and DPAs (Double IPAs, think IPA with higher ABV) and cask beers will be on draft from local South Bay brewers as well as hop-forward beers from all over California and other states.