What is Tepache?
Tepache is a traditional fermented Mexican beverage that is generally made from the rind and the peel of pineapples. Tepache is often mixed with beer.
I first encountered Tepache while working on my second book – Portland Beer Stories (FYI – You rad the Reverend Nast’s story in that book)
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider is a Portland based cider company that makes a fantastic Tepache. FYI – You read the Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider story in their Portland Beer Stories chapter.
The Tepache that Reverend Nat makes is composed exclusively of pineapples sourced from his second cousin’s plantation in Costa Rica, piloncillo (a brown “sugar”) from the Mexican state of Michoacan, and a selection of spices.
Every year on May 5 AKA Cinco de Mayo Reverend Nat’s release bottles of this wonderful pineapple “cider.”
I always make sure get myself a few bottles and I have a blast mixing it with all kind of other beverages!
This year I was lucky enough to get a pre-release bottle of 2018 Reverend Nat’s Tepache!
See my Great Food Great Stories article – 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache to see what I did with Tepache this year – www.greatfoodgreatstories.com/7-fantastic-ways-you-can-enjoy-reverend-nats-tepache
Why Does Reverend Nat’s Make Tepache?
Here in Reverend Nat’s own words in his Tepache story –
“During a holiday in Veracruz I had a chance meeting with a peddler hawking Traditional Tepache out of a push-cart. A few pesos poorer and I was on Cloud Nine. ‘I unquestionably must have that recipe!’ I shouted. My Spanish is dreadful and his English was no better but over a few minutes of pictographic correspondence, I felt sanguine in my capacity to recreate that sumptuous drink upon my return to Portland.”
I encourage you to seek out some Tepache for yourself!