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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beer of the Week: Cellarmaker's Taco-Inspired IPA

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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While Cinco de Mayo is generally a beer drinking holiday, it hasn't historically been much of a craft beer drinking holiday. Chances are, if your beer isn't palatable without a wedge of lime squeezed into it, it probably doesn't have much going for it. That's not to say that the flavors of Cinco de Mayo can't be captured by a delicious beverage, as local Cellarmaker Brewing is setting out to prove.

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By now, you might have thought that every possible iteration of IPA had been explored -- double, triple, belgian, session, black, white, you name it. As far as we know, Cellarmaker's upcoming Cinco de Mayo beer is the first Taco Inspired IPA. Taco Hands was originally conceived as a collaborative release with Philly's cult favorite Tired Hands brewing, who will also be releasing their version of the brew in a bi-coastal release on Cinco de Mayo. This second version of the beer was brewed with the help of the team at Nopalito, the only place where you'll find the beer on draft outside of the brewery tasting room.

Taco Hands begins as an IPA with generous additions of flaked maize and tortilla chips in the mash. The brew gets spiced with coriander, cumin, black pepper, sea salt, pasilla chiles, cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice. Additions of Citra and Motueka hops lend additional citrus notes and a subtle peppery quality that compliment the overall taco-y-ness of the beer. Where most brews settle for straddling the bitter/sweet side, Taco Hands rounds things out with a salty and savory kick. If Cellarmaker brewed this year-round, there simply wouldn't be any reason to eat solid foods anymore.

While normally closed on Mondays, the brewery will be open on Cinco de Mayo from 3-11 p.m. for a release party. Naturally, tacos will be available for purchase.

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