"What indigenous brewing ingredient have you used or would you like to brew with and what style would that beer be?"
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My indigenous brewing ingredient would be a type of food I grew up eating and is only found in a localized area, green chile! No, jalapenos I mean New Mexico Green Chile's. They are long, green (sometimes red) and can be found in mild, medium or hot spiciness. You can have this ingredient with anything eggs, burgers, pizza, quesadillas, pasta, burritos, steak well you name it. The green chili especially the extra hot version are very strong in flavor and can stand up to the caramelized flavors of grilled red meat. It is indigenous to southern New Mexico because NMSU germinated this tasty chile. Green chile is also healthy for you.
(antimicrobial capsaicin in chiles controls the growth of bad bacteries in our intestines. The capsaicin also stimulates tissues inside our stomach, widens the blood vessels, and fixes blood flow too, to prevent us from irritation. has the ability to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure)
Now, on to the beer! Naturally, in New Mexico there have been a few breweries who make green chili beer that range super spicy hot to a roasted green chile flavor. Their harvest beer there is the green chile beer, as the green chile is harvested this time of year. I have since moved from New Mexico, but often go back to get my fix as green chile is very addictive!
My recipe and style would naturally be a pale ale with the green chile added during the boil (seeds taken out). I would experiment with a small 1 gallon batch and add some green chile as a dry hop. I also think a saison, kolsch or fruit beer would make an interesting beer. For example: an apricot fruit beer with green chile would be tasty.
Where can you find New Mexico Green Chile? Since its a seasonal agricultural product it can be found in abundance in September and in New Mexico year round. Otherwise, your probably out of luck. Although, I have seen that Whole Foods market is selling the NM Hatch Green Chile as far as New York on a 1 day basis. Good luck on sourcing this limited product.
Below are the crazy indigenous contributers to the September Fermentation Friday!
Rob @ Pfiff: Where the wild things are
Steph @ brew.cook.pair.joy: Apple Ale
John & Mike @ BrewDudes: Indigenous Brewing Ingredients
Bunz @ The Panhandle Beer Snob & Redneck Brewery: Indigenous Ingredients
Chris @ B.O.B.'s Place Brews: Fermentation Friday
Damon @ Life With Beer: Mushroom Beers
keep em' coming:
Bryon @ HomeBrewBeer.net: Pumpkin Ales
Keith @ Brainard Brewing: Homegrown & Homemade
Matt @ A World Of Brews: Indigenous Brewing Ingredients
Jon @ The Brew Site: Fermentation Friday
Jim @ Lootcorp 3.0: Avocado
Thanks for all who have contributed, please keep them coming as it is never to late, Indigenous Cheers to everyone!