Camel Corps ipa

American IPA with New Zealand Hop


Camel Corps is our interpretation of a classic West Coast / San Diego IPA… but with a bit of a Kiwi twist. A golden straw color with a moderately persistent white head and woody citrus notes in the aroma, American Two-Row and English Pale and Crystal malts offer a dry, but sweet flavor. This is balanced by citrus notes from Cascade hops, and accentuated with pineapple, grapefruit and spices derived from New Zealand Matueka hops.

Beer Specs

  • Style: American (west coast) ipa
  • Grains: American Two-Row, English Pale, English Crystal Malts
  • Hops: Cascade, Matueka , Columbus
  • Yeast: American Ale
  • og/fg: o.g.: 15.7°P
  • ibu: 65
  • abv: 6.8%

The Story

Convinced that camels would be a superior way to settle the newly acquired territories of the American Southwest, Secretary of War (and future president of the Confederacy) Jefferson Davis established the U.S. Camel Corp in 1855. The Army imported a total of 77 camels from Morocco and stationed them at Camp Verde about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio, Texas.

Over the next several years the Camel Corps would make numerous excursions throughout the west and as far north as British Columbia, but it’s most famous would be a trek from Texas to California in 1857. Led by a Syrian camel drover named Hadji Ali (nicknamed “Hi Jolly” by the Americans), over a period of three months the Camel Corps traveled from Camp Verde to the Pacific Coast and back establishing a number of outposts and mapping the historic routes we now know as Route 66 and Interstate 10.

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1860 attention turned away from taming the west and the Camel Corp was disbanded. Most of the camels were auctioned off to private owners, but some escaped into the desert and rumors of camel sightings throughout the Southwest continued well into the 1900′s.

Hi Jolly remained in the U.S. and bought a few of the camels himself to establish a freight business that moved goods from the Colorado River east into Arizona. The business never really succeeded and he finally released his last camel into the desert somewhere north of Gila Bend. He later married a woman from Tucson and settled in Quartzsite, AZ where he raised two children and mined for precious metals until his death in 1902. His grave sits near Interstate 10, marked with a stone pyramid topped with a camel.

Camel Corps is our tribute to the adventurers (and their strange animals) who first mapped the way West along the 33rd parallel.