Portland, OR — Move over apples, there’s a new fruit to ferment. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider introduces an amazing pineapple brew. “Padre Nat’s ┬íTepache!” will be available in 22-oz bottles and on draft in the first week of May. The hometown crew will celebrate the unique drink and the holiday at their Portland taproom on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th 2014.
“Tepache is a traditional Mexican drink, frequently consumed out of a plastic baggie with a straw, sold by street vendors in Jalisco and throughout Mexico. Ours is made from fresh Costa Rican pineapples, pure Michoacan piloncillo sugar and a blend of three spices for a deep unique flavor,” said Nat West, founder of Reverend Nat’s. “I drink mine with two parts Tepache, one part Dos Equis in a tall 20 ounce glass while I relax in my hammock.”
Reverend Nat’s ┬íTepache! has a relatively low alcohol content (3.2%) and a subtle sweetness like a Summer Shandy or Radler due to a partial fermentation of the pineapples. Whole fresh pineapples are crushed and fermented on the skin to make this perfect summer sipper. Serve straight from the bottle, mixed with a low-hop pale beer or cider or in rum or bourbon cocktails for a special party addition.
A ┬íTepache! release party is scheduled for 5 to 10 pm on Monday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) at Reverend Nat’s Cidery and Public Taproom (1813 NE 2nd Ave). $15 buys two 20-ounce glasses of Tepache and one tamale from Portland favorite Tamale Boy. Buy tickets in advance at the cidery and http://revnatscider.bpt.me. Only 150 tickets will be sold to this event and pre-purchase is recommended.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider opened in the fall of 2011 in Portland, Oregon and uses only fresh whole apples from Oregon and Washington growers. Reverend Nat’s creates ciders that reflect the region’s strengths and reinvigorate the historical position of hard cider in America. To learn more, check out the website at reverendnatshardcider.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter @revnatscider.