I admit it: I have always been one of those beer-hating girls. Maybe it's a bit of a stereotype, but all beer tasted bitter to me. At family barbeques, I would be the one going for anything else--margaritas, mojitos, papi's famous Long Island Iced Teas--except the well-stocked cooler full of domestic and imported beers. I finally started to love hard apple cider, a delicious fruity alternative to high-calorie cocktails and cheaper than wine. That all changed yesterday when Blue Moon founder Keith Villa, who is Mexican-American, stopped by the Latina offices and had us try out the upcoming Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale.
Our tasting started with the traditional Blue Moon Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale, the beer that put them on the map. We learned all about Keith's doctorate in beer brewing, how Blue Moon became the first "cloudy" beer on the market (and all of the ones that followed), the addition of the now-famed orange garnish and the best food pairings for the classic drink. My mouth started watering when he mentioned that the ale paired well with arroz con pollo.
Finally, it came time to taste the drink of the hour: Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale.
To be honest, I had my doubts when I heard about this drink. Horchata is delicious. Cinnamon is great. But not being a beer drinker, I just couldn't figure out how someone could combine those flavors into something that would work. Also, being that horchata is a creamy drink, I was very wary of any beer that claims to be horchata-like. Would it be a milky beer? That just sounded disgusting.
To my relief, the beer looked like a beer. After finally tasting the drink, saying I was pleasantly surprised would actually be an understatement!A
At first sniff, you get a strong whiff of cinnamon--but when you taste it, it's not too sweet. The beer is light, but not watery (and no, no horchata consistency here.) It has a nice, creamy body and comes in at 5.5% ABV.
Keith mentioned that this beer pairs especially well with cheeses, vanilla and custard desserts and anything with chocolate. And, of course, dulce de leche. Yes, please! I'm definitely planning to try one of these 16 sinfully sweet dulce de leche desserts along with my Cinnamon Horchata Ale when it is officially in stores on August 1st in New York. For those of you in other areas, the Mexican-inspired ale will be part of the Fall variety pack.
To be honest, I can't wait to drink more of this brew in the coming months. I'm even thinking it will be perfect for some of those late-summer BBQs, as the cinnamon flavors will pair really well with a smoky rib or kebabs. And I know some of you are excited to try this drink, too, thanks to all of your comments on our Instagram account. So go ahead, get excited! The Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale is coming your way--and I'm betting you'll love it, too.