Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider has been running one of the most successful home delivery programs in town alongside Old Town Brewing. Now they are expanding that model to deliver their unique fermented pineapple beverage Tepache in a festival in a box form. Rev. Nat’s annual Night of 1000 Tepaches festival will be available for free home delivery in the greater Portland metro-area.
More from a press release:
The Night of 1000 Tepaches festival has been held at Reverend Nat’s Taproom in Northeast Portland for the last five years. Celebrating the unusual fermented pineapple drink Tepache, the festival has been a showcase for the adaptability of the drink to be deliciously blended with many different styles of beer, as well as an example of the collaborative nature of the Portland beer industry, with dozens of local breweries creating beer-Tepache blends over the years.
“Tepache is a traditional Mexican drink, frequently consumed out of a plastic baggie with a straw, sold by street vendors in Jalisco and throughout Mexico. I make mine from fresh Costa Rican pineapples, pure Michoacan piloncillo sugar and a blend of three spices for a deep unique flavor,” said Nat West, founder of Reverend Nat’s. “I drink mine with two parts Tepache, one part local craft beer in a tall 20 ounce glass while I relax in my hammock.”
Reverend Nat’s Tepache has a relatively low alcohol content (3.2%) and a subtle sweetness like a Summer Shandy or Radler due to a partial fermentation of the pineapples. Whole fresh pineapples are crushed and fermented on the skin to give it a very rich and complex flavor not found in “pineapple ciders.” It is typically served mixed with a beer or cider or with liquors.
In this pandemic special edition of the Night of 1000 Tepaches festival, Reverend Nat has selected six beers from local breweries, and packaged them together in a box with two 22 oz bottles of Tepache, ready for blending at home. The six beers are:
Ruse Brewing: Psychic Spirals IPA
Old Town Brewing: Blanc & Bavaria Hoppy Lager
Upright Brewing: Four Hands Saison Co-fermented with Grapes
Great Notion Brewing: Merry Dankster Double IPA
Von Ebert Brewing: Drink Me Potion Tart Fruit Ale
Rosenstadt Brewing: Helles Lager
The kits are available on the Reverend Nat’s website (http://shop.revnats.com), where they offer same-day, no minimum, no fee, home delivery throughout the Greater Portland Metro area.
Reverend Nat is a single-minded cider evangelist and craft beer revolutionary who searches the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make. Founder Nat West started making cider at home in 2004 and opened Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider in September of 2011. With unique products like the multiple-fermented Revival, dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot and quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic, he is making cider in the creative spirit of beer geeks. To learn more, check out the website at reverendnatshardcider.com or find him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @revnatscider.
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