Downtown Sarasota brewpub Darwin's on 4th -- a Peruvian-themed restaurant and brewery -- has been invited to visit the White House in 2013 by the Peruvian government to celebrate quinoa, according to brewmaster Jared Barnes.
The brewpub was selected after chef and owner Darwin Santa Maria was selected as the best Peruvian chef in the United States by the Peruvian America Chefs Association, Barnes said.
In an email, Barnes wrote that he will be brewing a beer with quinoa, the native South American herb that is prized for its starchy seeds. Barnes says he and owner Santa Maria will be showcasing the beer for the Peruvian ambassador, and hope President Barack Obama will be there to drink some of the brew.
"The style is similar to an English mild," Barnes wrote. It will be 3.8 percent alcohol, medium brown and use 50 pounds of quinoa and Willamette hops.
In a phone conservation, Barnes said he's never brewed with quinoa before, but expects it would work, considering its high carbohydrate content. They will be brewing a test batch Thursday, Barnes said, and "if we like it we'll bottle it and send it to the White House." He says they have several months to perfect the recipe in any case, and he will be serving the beer here in Sarasota as well.
I enjoy eating quinoa, and Barnes knows his stuff about brewing, so I expect the beer to be a must-try.