As part of its celebration of food, music, and ideas, Chipotle Mexican Grill has formed a partnership with three local breweries for its 2013 Cultivate Festivals in San Francisco, Denver and Chicago to produce a one-of-a-kind “Cultivate Farmhouse Ale,” a Saison-style beer that it unique to each city and will be exclusively poured at the Cultivate festivals. The beer is made in partnership with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in San Francisco, Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, and Five Rabbit Cerveceria in Chicago.
“Cultivate is a celebration of great local and artisanal foods,” said Chris Arnold, director of communications at Chipotle. “In keeping with that spirit, we have always served a menu of special items that are only available at these events, and thought it would be great to incorporate that same idea into the tasting tent, so we teamed up with local brewers to make that happen. The result of that collaboration is a Cultivate Farmhouse Ale that is both complimentary to the food we serve and very enjoyable to drink, and we think it will give our craft beer lovers something special to look forward to.”
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Great Divide Brewing Company, and Five Rabbit Cerveceria have each created a never-before tasted recipe with unique ingredients such as honey, rye and fruit. Cultivate Festival attendees can expect to taste one of the following Farmhouse Ales in their respective cities:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers of San Francisco, Calif.
This special edition ale has a golden yellow appearance with a full white head. Slightly hazy, its aroma evokes fruity and spicy esters with herbal and floral notes. The flavor is a complex mix of fruit and spice notes, including Elderflower with a dry, highly carbonated mouth feel. It uses Belgian Pilsner & Pale along with Canadian Honey malts, as well as German Magnum and Hallertauer Hops and Saison II yeasts. 7% ABV.
Great Divide Brewing Company of Denver, Colo.
This beautifully crafted Saison is brewed with barley, wheat and rice with the addition of black peppercorn and sweet orange peel. This exclusive ale is delightfully fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish infused with the slightest hint of black pepper spice. In traditional farmhouse fashion, this refreshing Belgian is born to be celebrated throughout summer months. 7.3% ABV.
Five Rabbit Cerveceria of Chicago, Ill.
Saison con Miel Mexicana
This Saison brew has a deep golden and slightly hazy appearance. Flaked rye is added to accentuate the phenolic notes of yeast, and a varietal Mexican honey adds a sweetish aroma with a crisp, dry finish. 5.8% ABV.
The Cultivate Farmhouse Ale will be available for $6 a glass in the Tasting Tent at all three Cultivate festivals alongside craft beer, wine, and other offerings from more than a dozen local brewers and vintners. In addition to the Tasting Tent, attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music, local food artisans, and several different interactive experiences focused on sustainable food throughout the day. Admission for all events is free.
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,450 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.
ABOUT SPEAKEASY ALES & LAGERS
In a typically foggy San Francisco summer in 1997, Forest Gray and his cadre of bootleggers were inspired to bring their unique and exceptional beers from the underground to the masses. Defiantly producing small batches of beer in a secret warehouse in San Francisco’s long forgotten Butchertown District, Speakeasy quickly gained a loyal following with bold, complex beers and striking 1920’s imagery. From the brewery’s humble beginnings delivering hand-filled kegs out of the back of a van, the company now boasts more than 30 distributors across the West Coast and major metropolitan markets across the country. Starting with a single, iconic beer that immortalized the spirit of those who persevered when America’s taps ran dry – a bold, hoppy amber ale known as Prohibition Ale – Speakeasy now brews a wide array of acclaimed beers from sessionable pale ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. The brewery’s trademark eyes–ubiquitous and cryptic–beckon you to join the Speakeasy revolution: no password required.
ABOUT GREAT DIVIDE BREWING COMPANY
Great Divide brews some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 17 Great American Beer Festival medals and 5 World Beer Cup awards. Named “Top Brewer In Colorado” by Ratebeer.com (2013), 12th on their list of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013) and 7th on BeerAdvocate’s “All-Time Top Breweries On Planet Earth” (2010), Great Divide is one of America’s most decorated breweries. But why take their word for it? Crack open a bottle and decide for yourself.
ABOUT FIVE RABBIT CERVECERIA
Founded in 2011, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria is the country’s first Latin-American beer brand, bringing the energy, passion and amazing richness of Latin culture and cuisine to the delicious world of craft-brewed beer. Inspired by half a world of culture, nature and cuisine, 5 Rabbit draws on an inexhaustible treasure trove of ideas and flavors. Its beers are aimed both at craft beer enthusiasts and Latino audiences seeking something that honestly reflects their traditions. 5 Rabbit beers are unlike any others, offering new flavors, textures and experiences to beer lovers. All of their beers are designed from the beginning to be super food-friendly—smooth and drinkable, yet bursting with flavors that can be linked to many Latin and international dishes as well as American favorites. With a 30-barrel brewery near Chicago’s Midway Airport, 5 Rabbit is making world-class beers, sourcing the best malts, hops and rare specialty ingredients from around the world to ensure the liveliest, most luscious flavors. 5 Rabbit’s guiding philosophy is a Mayan ideal called “píixan,” which means to be a free spirit, always going beyond what is expected—thinking and acting creatively in every endeavor.
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