Posted July 10, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Horchata Flavored Beer Makes a Big Splash This Summer


Horchata is a traditional Mexican beverage produced with sweetened rice water and milk, and flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. The drink is a refreshing addition to a meal with spicy foods. This summer we’ve seen a couple high profile craft breweries launch beers inspired by the drink.

In June, Cigar City released a Horchata Ale (7%) from their Cervezas Frescas Series of beers. The beer poured a hazy white-gold color,with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet rice. Brewed with barley, rice, lactose milk sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.

On July 22nd, The Bruery will release Or Xata to their RS membership club. The beer is brewed with barley malt, rice, lactose milk sugar, and rolled oats. Spicing with cinnamon and vanilla bean adds classic horchata flavors. Fermentation is done with a neutral yeast. The final beer should be sweet and creamy, at around 7.5% ABV. They expect to have some limited distribution and draft sales at their taproom in the future.

Interested in brewing your own horchata beer. Our recipe is for a Horchata Inspired Ale (5.4%), brewed with pale malt, flaked rice, lactose milk sugar, whole vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Light-bodied and creamy, this beer will go great with a meal of spicy Mexican cuisine.

Horchata Beer Recipe