We can’t say we’re proud to disclose this, but our Serrano Eye Patch Ale isn’t an original recipe. We’ve been living a lie for too long and now we’re finally ready to come clean. In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, here is the story of the little beer that helped win a big battle…..
In 1861, things were bleak for Mexico. Their government, nearly bankrupt, was unable to pay off debts to foreign governments. Enraged, Napoleon III (Not the famous one. What a loser.) led French forces through Veracruz towards Mexico City with the intention of taking over the country in response to not receiving his payment.
Cornered near the city of Puebla, Ignacio Zaragoza was in a bind. He knew he needed to fire up his troops, but he didn’t know how. Luckily, the city of Puebla had a local craft brewery, Cervecería del Lunes por la Noche, whose three founders felt they had a plan. They added local Serrano peppers to their already popular IPA, creating a spicy new beer that Zaragoza was able to give to his troops and give them the push they needed to rout the French.
Fast-forward to two years ago. Our founders were on a beer-researching expedition to the Puebla wilderness. Just when all hopes for inspiration seemed lost, they discovered the ruins of that old brewery, Cervecería del Lunes por la Noche. Searching the ruins, they found a single remaining recipe: that Serrano IPA from so many years ago. Upon bringing the recipe back to America and translating the ingredients, they realized it was almost identical to their popular Eye Patch Ale, with the exception of the spicy Serrano peppers.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a cold Serrano Eye Patch Ale. Enjoy the taste of “history” and the defeat of the French.