At this past weekend's Food & Wine event in Aspen, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery poured samples of a new beer they've created in collaboration with chef José Andrés. The brew — named Zarabanda after a type of dance in Spain — was created "to remind drinkers of Spain's relaxed lifestyle," reports Washingtonian. Late last week, Andrés announced the as-yet-unreleased beer on Twitter.
introducing my new beer Zarabanda with @DeschutesBeer ! since I visited Bend almost 30 years Ago a dream come true pic.twitter.com/q4qgko6crP— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 20, 2014
Andrés, who is best known for his avant garde Spanish cuisine and his many restaurants around the country, has been friends with Deschutes' founder and CEO Gary Fish for over 15 years. The idea for the beer came about after the two worked a fundraising event together in 2010.
Thanks my friends @chefmingtsai @jacques_pepin @claudinepepin for coming! #Zarabanda beer @DeschutesBeer #FWClassic pic.twitter.com/IW4gKX52eH— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 22, 2014
Zarabanda is a saison with notes of "lemon verbena, pink peppercorns, sumac, and dried lime." Vienna malt, spelt malt, and minimal hops help to flavor the 6.1 percent ABV brew. Deschutes Brewery's Zarabanda will be released in 22-ounce bottles this fall. It's also possible that the spicy saison will become available on draft at Andrés' restaurants later this year.
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