Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo!
Leave it to us to find something distinctly “pepper” for Cinco de Mayo. Oh there are the usual stuffed peppers, pepper poppers (even candied jalapeno poppers…), pepper dip, peppers in nachos and on and on. The celebrations will be hot hot hot all through the weekend including music, food, and any number of specialty drinks – but we’ve found a few pepper related products you can incorporate into all your summer festivities that we’d like to share.
Interestingly this has become a classic Mexican/AMERICAN holiday, you won’t find near the mayhem surrounding May 5th in Mexico as you do here in the United States. The city of Puebla is all in, because it was there that they defeated the French army on May 5th 1862, but even there the most you’ll find is a parade honoring those brave souls. Mexico City, not so much.
So what better time for Southern Brewing and Winemaking to introduce a six pack of Cinco de Mayo pepper beers and meads. Interesting release date, clever, pepper beer? Rick Etshman spoke to Brewbound.com and stated:
“We’ve worked with peppers in our brews before, but they were mostly just an accent. This time, the peppers are the main focus of the flavor profile in the beer. It’s been really fun to play with different flavor combinations to create unexpected but delicious beers.”
Looks like they’ve skipped adding the peppers in the boiling process to bring an exact pepper flavor to the brews. They will be doing a release party in their Tampa FL taproom complete with tacos, music, and the following:
- Bungalow Weisse with Jalapeno Peppers, Cilantro, and Lime
- Saison le Chiffre with Brettanomyces L and Guajillo Peppers
- Heights’ Brown with Habanero Peppers
- Kelly’s Wit with Poblano Peppers
- Prohibition Pilsner with Jalapeno Peppers
- Moonraker with Ancho Peppers, Guajillo Peppers, and Cacao Nibs
- Tangerine Mango Habanero Mead
- Guava Pineapple Mead
Of course Southern isn’t the only brewer working with peppers. Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenrich, CO has chili pepper pale ale, and so do several others, but being the Pepper People we are we love the idea of treating the beer to retain the most peppery attributes possible. Check with your local purveyors after the launch or contact Southern Brewing and Winemaking directly.
¡A tu salúd!