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  1. I've been VERY excited about this collaboration!!! This one comes straight out of Mr. Beer's hometown of Tucson, Arizona. This is a new bicycle-themed brewery, Catalina Brewing Company is headed up by a former schoolteacher and Mr. Beer brewer. They have some great beers, but this Mesquite Agave Ale is INCREDIBLE!!! STORY: Mesquite is the most common shrub/tree of the Desert Southwest. Native Americans used every part of this tree for centuries. In fact, the yellow mesquite pods are among the earliest known foods of prehistoric man in the new world. Many generations of indigenous Southwestern Americans relied on these pods as a dietary staple from which they made tea, syrup, and a ground meal called “pinole” that would be made into soups and breads. Hank Rowe, Brewmaster at Catalina Brewing, has included this ancient ingredient in his Mesquite Agave Ale, which is only available in small batches at his Tucson taproom. But for a limited time, Mr. Beer is bringing this Southwestern treat to you. Catalina Brewery was started by business partners Brian Vance and Hank Rowe, who met through their mutual passion of mountain biking. Hank was regularly brewing with Mr. Beer, and when Brian tasted one of Hank’s favorite Mr. Beer brews (a hoppy IPA recipe he created himself), he said that Hank’s IPA was better than any he had tasted. From there, the idea to start their own brewery began to take shape, and Catalina Brewery was born. PROFILE: This beer exhibits the same characteristics as your average California Common, but with a Southwestern twist. Mesquite flour, made from the ground up yellow pods of the Mesquite tree, adds a nutty sweetness with subtle notes of cinnamon, hazelnut, and vanilla. These flavors and aromas dance in perfect harmony with the malty base of Crystal and 2-row malts. The addition of agave nectar adds a touch of dryness for balance. NOTE: While agave nectar is recommended (you can find it in most grocery stores), honey will work if you can't find agave in your area. The mesquite flour IS included, but the agave/honey is not. Also keep in mind that this is a steam beer and uses a lager yeast at ale temps. Get yours here: Mesquite Agave Ale Cheers!!
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