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Wari Chicha de Molle

Tasting Notes

The Field Museum and Off Color's second collaboration based off an ancient corn based beer or chicha. Deep pink color from imported Peruvian purple corn with aromatics of mild pepper. Grainy funk and fruit acidity reminiscent of cranberry juice without the sweetness. 


3.8 % alc/vol


Pils, dried Peruvian purple corn, honey malt, pink peppercorns (Schinus molle berries), light stable hop extract (vegan)

Beer nerd facts

Beer was inspired by remnants discovered at an over 1,000 year old brewery excavated in Cerro Baul, Peru by a team that included Dr. Ryan William from The Field Museum. They found a mill, ceramic boiling and fermenting vats and remnants of molle berries all around the brewery area. You can read more about it here. This ale is more of a hybrid of a chicha de molle (brewed primarily from S. molle berries) and a chicha morada (brewed primarilry with purple corn).

Sample Menu Description

Chicha-de-molle inspired ale first brewed for the Field Museum is a unique interpretation of an ancient classic. Purple corn imparts all the color while batch souring creates a tart profile to play off spicy pink peppercorns.


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