Back in the day, India Pale Ales were brewed with higher alcohol and extra hops to survive long sea journeys from London to colonial India. James Squire had his own method of surviving his arduous voyage to Australia on the First Fleet. He smuggled himself onto the ‘women’s ship’ and by all reports the rest of his journey was quite nice, thank you.
With a name like Stowaway, you’d expect something that combines a desire for adventure with a determination to prove itself and James Squire Stowaway IPA doesn’t disappoint.
IPA stands for India Pale Ale, a term coined in an advertisement in an early Australian newspaper and originally brewed in England for consumption in India. The Stowaway is certainly feisty enough to last a long voyage thanks to its rich and robust taste, earthy, resinous and malty aroma and lingering bitter finish.
But perhaps the Stowaway’s most intriguing quality is its versatility. Drawing on over 200 years of IPA history, the Stowaway is the perfect partner for rich, gamey, traditionally English meat dishes like venison or duck, as well as highly spiced (and even downright hot) Indian dishes, from curry puffs to a brain-meltingly hot vindaloo. Or, if you fancy something that goes well with a few nibbles, the Stowaway is just as happy sailing along with some milder blue cheeses like Gorgonzola or Cambozola.
Malts: Pale, Munich and Crystal.
Hops: Dr Rudi, EKG, Fuggles and Motueka. Show Less