What Exactly Is Beer? Part II: Hops

Yesterday we learned that beer is made up of malt, hops, yeast, and water. We took a closer look at malt and learned it provides body, mouthfeel, and most importantly, fermentable sugar for the yeast to eat. Today, let’s discuss ingredient #2: hops! They aren’t just
for bunnies. 

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What Exactly Is Beer? Part I: Malt

Ah, beer. As one of the oldest fermented beverages on record, it is quite clear that beer has held a special place in the hearts and minds of humans for a very long time. From as far back as the ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Aztecs, beverages made with malted grains, and other ingredients have been a staple. 
But what exactly IS beer? What are the key ingredients and what do they do? Great questions! The main ingredients of beer are malt, hops, yeast, and water. Today we'll take a closer look at malt. 

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Last Call for Hatch

How can it be? The last days of Hatch-A-Palooza are here.

Frowny face.

We've been waltzing through a Hatch wonderland for almost two weeks, and I, for one, am not ready for it to end. 

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Feed the Back to School Crew

Loungey summer mornings and days spent at the pool are gone for another year. Kids are heading back to school and getting back in the routine of early mornings, lunchboxes, and school buses can be a bit of a struggle. That’s why this week’s Weekly Savor is full of items to help make it easier – for everyone. 

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Sweet Heat

During Hatch-A-Palooza, we’re serving up treats that bring together the delicious combination of sweet and heat. We’ve paired lemon, lime, and chocolate with Hatch peppers with delightful results. 

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Drink Your Peppers

Perhaps you like to drink your Hatch peppers. Well, then you don’t want to miss these roasty beers, all made right here in our fine state with Hatch chiles fresh from New Mexico.

They have smoky, roasty flavor notes that pair well with summer foods and refresh all on their own.

Drink them, share them, marinate chicken in them – whatever you do, you’re sure to enjoy them. 

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Hatch Chiles as the Main Event

Serve a dinner so good your family will clamor for an encore with these Central Market finds that feature Hatch chiles as part of the middle-of-plate main attraction. Chops to soups, we have you covered from big appetites to small.  

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Absinthe & Hatch Chile Salami

Absinthe AND salami? AND Hatch chiles? Is today the best day of your life or what?! All the thanks for this magical creation goes to the folks at Zoe’s Meats and The Salami Store. They infused Hatch
peppers with absinthe and incorporated them into an uncured dry pork salami.

And rather than keepingit all to themselves, they’re letting us share it with you!

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Poolside Hatch-A-Palooza

My sister came to visit this week, and seeing as how it’s summer in Texas, I knew we’d be spending a lot of time in the pool. So, I headed to straight to Central Market to fill my cart with snacks, food for the grill, and cold drinks. We were going to have our very own poolside Hatch-A-Palooza.

Top of my list? Hatch Chile con Queso!  

But I learned a valuable lesson this shopping trip…Don’t wait until 8 p.m. to queso shop, because it’s at the top of EVERYBODY’S list! 

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Win a Trip to New Mexico!

Want to visit the Hatch pepper homeland? Enter with Texas Monthly for a chance to win a trip to New Mexico provided by the New Mexico Tourism Department!  

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