Monday, June 9, 2014

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider - ¡Tepache!

Gracias, Padre Nat.
Okay, let's get right down to it, no pussy footin' around. Many of you are already asking, "What the HECK is TEPACHE?"

Tepache is a traditional, fermented Mexican beverage made from pineapple. Folks south of the border have been brewing the stuff since before Pancho Villa was in knee pants. Actually, it dates back to pre-Colombian Mexico and the name "tepache" means "drink made of corn" in the language of the native Nahual people. Hey, I'm swiping this info straight off Wikipedia, so you know it's true.

Tepache is typically low in alcohol content, so people in Mexico and Mexican communities across the US have traditionally souped the brew up by mixing it with beer. Can you say "Tecate"? TAY-CAW-TAY - I knew that you could.

Reverend Nat (yes, he's a real dude) has started bottling his own version of this tasty stuff. I picked up a bomber of it at New Seasons for $5.99. It comes with an ABV of 3.2%. So, what can you do with it? Lots of things!

As previously stated, you can mix Tepache with beer and make a delicious pineapple radler or shandy. A light lager, pilsner or hefeweizen is your best bet. The recommended mix is 2/3 Tepache to 1/3 beer. I used a bomber of Cascade Lakes Brewing Company's Paulina Lake Pilsner for the job. It worked perfectly!

My wife and I also decided to do a little experimentin' with Tepache and another traditional Mexican beverage: tequila. We tried quite a few variations. Tepache is an awesome mixer for tequila, I'll tell you what. My lady's favorite drink of the evening: 10 oz. of Tepache, 2 shots of tequila and a splash of Jarritos Mandarin soda on crushed ice. How refreshing does that sound?

If you haven't tried any of Reverend Nat's hard ciders, you really need to get yourself over to his tasting room over at 1813 NE 2nd Avenue, here in beautiful Portland, OR. The Rev. is a true craft cider innovator and an exceptional contributor to the Portland craft brewing scene.

As for Tepache, you won't find anything else like it in your market and bottle shop cold cases this summer. Get some! You'll be glad you did. Of course, you can also drink it straight with no mixing, but it's fun to try to come up with new drink ideas with it. I'm giving Tepache a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4.

1 comment:

  1. Pre-Columbian... thanks for saying where it is! I love tepache. It is the perfect drink for beefhead tacos! :9