prickly pear golden ale – 5.1% abv
water, barley malt, prickly pear, lemon balm, hops, yeast
beer – prickly pear wine
12 oz bottle, 12 oz can, 20L keg
hay yellow with slight green hue color
malty, floral, fruty-prickly pear, cactus, cucumber, citrus-floral aroma
flavor begins with a refreshing citrusy and herbal note followed by a cactusy bitterness that ends dry with with hint of cucumber
The name of this beer, Nochtli, is the word in Nahuatl for prickly pear. It is the fruit of Nopal, a cactus that Mexico has adopted as a
national symbol. The legend says that the god of the sun, Huitzilopochtli, ordered the Aztecs to settle and build their empire wherever they found an eagle poised on a nopal devouring a rattlesnake. Thus it was that on a little island in the middle of the ancient lake that now sits beneath Mexico City where the ancient Great Tenochtitlan was founded.
Prickly pear provides about a quarter of the fermentable sugars in this beer. It is grown in Morelos, a state with tropical climate contiguous to Mexico City. It provides the beer with a refreshing cucumber like aftertaste that is distinctive of this ingredient. Since prehispanic times, a form of prickly pear wine called Caloncho has been prepared by crushing and fermenting the fruit mixed with herbs and spices. Just as our Nochtli, it is a seasonal drink since prickly pear is only available from the months of July to October.
Lemon balm provides a subtle sweet minty citrus hint that together with the prickly pear aftertaste gives the beer a thoroughly thirst quenching quality. It is grown in Xochimilco, a region of Mexico City which holds the little that is left off the Texcoco lake system that used to surround the Great Tenochtitlan.
pairing with mexican ingredients
pairing with mexican culinary regions
Ciudad de México
Este: Hidalgo / Tlaxcala
Bajío: San Luis Potosí / Queretaro / Guanajuato / Zacatecas / Aguascalientes
SurOeste: Guerrero / Chiapas
pairing with cuisines of the world