Subject: Xingu beer
Date: 1989-04-28 17:57:48 GMT
I read about this brew in All About Beer, December, 1988 issue
and posted a short synopsis to rec.food.drink - so, sorry if
this is a double repeat. I have tried it. It is BLACK, or as
black as you can get it. It pours like a stout - sort of creamy -
but tastes like a flavorful lager. It does not have much of
a smokey taste, nothing like Rauchfels (spelling?) Steinbier
(the one that is heated by plunging red hot stones into the
Xingu - pronounced 'SHIN goo' comes from the Caccador Brewery,
State of Santa Catarina, Brazil (~600 miles southwest of Rio).
It is an Indian recipe converted to a brew of barley, water,
hops, and yeast. The grain is roasted by open fire malting.
It is a black, dense, opaque, LAGER beer. It is brewed on site,
using Brazilian hops and barley. The brew was developed by
Alan D. Eames. Brazil used to brew quite a few great 'black' or
'escura' lagers. Unfortunately, these have been discontinued in
favor of lager production by the majors (Brahma, Kaiser, and
Antartica). The Indian tribes along the Xingu river and it's
tributaries (Amazon area) still brew these beers. Their
process is basically malted grains, lupine herbs, and airborne
yeasts - with the women chewing the grain and spitting the mash
into pots, the resulting 'mash' being cooked over open fires
and giving the beer it's 'blackness' from the smoke - and lagered
in underground clay pots.
Eames took their recipe and converted it to a commercial process.
The resulting brew pours and looks like a stout but tastes like
a lager. It is BLACK. It has ~4 % alcohol by volume.
It is distributed by Caparra Sales Co., Randolph, MA
(617) 986-2337. Maine artist Eric Green painted the Xingu
label, based on antique maps of the Xingu river region and
included a Txukahamei warrior with a lip disk.
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