When I heard Blue Moon launched an horchata flavored beer I felt both queasy and fascinated, but nonetheless, extremely curious.
The Cinnamon Horchata Ale is the latest creation by Mexican American Keith Villa, founder and head brewer at Blue Moon Brewing Company.
The new brew is crafted with cinnamon, Belgian dark candy sugar and long-grain rice.
According to the brewery’s website, the creamy texture, and notes of cinnamon will bring out the flavors in semi-soft cheeses like Fontina, vanilla and custard desserts, crepes with apples, or anything with chocolate.
“Growing up in a Mexican family, I had horchata all the time when I was young, but then I rediscovered it in recent trips to Latin America,” Villa said. “I wanted to develop a brew for adults that combined the refreshing and creamy attributes of the traditional horchata, so I’m beyond pleased that we finally made it a reality. It brings me great pride to introduce this brew into the market.”
It will be included in the Blue Moon fall and winter brewmaster sampler packs, which will be available nationwide. A limited supply is already available in 6-packs in select cities in Texas, California, New York and Colorado.
As a Mexican beer enthusiast I can’t wait to try it.