As you may have heard we just brewed a collaboration beer with Tired Hands Brewing Company. It all started as a joke that an exhausted, slightly hungover Tim, Kelly and Connor came up with on the way back to Boston from Hill Farmstead. The subject of funny beer names came up and someone, they’re not really sure who, said it would be hilarious if Tired Hands brewed a beer called “Taco Hands.” Taco hands is the state of having taco smelling hands for hours after eating tacos no matter how much rigorous scrubbing they see. This silly joke kept them roaring for hours (they were deliriously tired).
Fast forward a few months. Jean from Tired Hands was texting Tim and asking how Cellarmaker was doing. After bringing each other up to date on their respective projects, Tim made mention of the Taco Hands concept, presenting it as a joke beer Jean should brew. If you know Jean he has a proclivity for using spices in beers, so this joke instantly sparked his imagination. A fury of texts back and forth outlined the skeleton of a taco inspired beer. It was too good. Jean said he and his wife Julie were buying plane tickets for California. This was a joke no more.
On Friday November 15, Cellarmaker and Tired Hands brewed Taco Hands. So what is it? Well it’s a conceptual beer inspired by the king of street food. The base recipe is an IPA with a significant portion of corn in the form of flaked maize and taco shells. It is spiced with cumin, corriander, black pepper, sea salt, pasilla chiles, cilantro and the zest and juice of 140 limes. For hops we chose Citra and New Zealand Motueka to complement the floral, spicy, citrusy aspects of the beer.
We plan to release the beer on Dec. 3, Taco Tuesday. Expect a taco truck out front and a limited number of Taco Hands t-shirts drawn and designed by Tim and Jean on sale. Check out the video below to get a closer look at the brew day.