Friday, September 11, 2009

Spit...Don't Swallow

This can be true at some more hard core spirit tastings and certainly at a large wine tasting. Now it is true for beer production as well.

The NY Times did a funny (and horrifying) story about Dogfish Head brewer Sam Calagione. This mad genius decided to produce a small patch of authentic South American Chicha, a brew that uses chewed up blue corn, the saliva do the job of the converting the starch into sugar.

They apparently had a panel of experts help in the chewing. They had a very difficult time.

Notice: No women were involved at all in this process.

Chew it Up, Spit it Out
[NY Times]

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