Mala Hot Pot Double IPA
Somewhere within the western reaches of Sichuan Province, where bitter winters run their icy fingers along the edge of the Tibetan plateau, a hot subterranean river branches out into four springs which boil up through the ground and snow. The heat and minerals of the springs have, over time, allowed different types of vegetation to take a fragile hold in the areas immediately surrounding them. Hardy herbs and grasses grow and fall into the springs all year long, and the runoff from those springs collects in a prehistoric underground cistern that some scholars believe predates humans.
The cistern was first discovered (and described) sometime during the year 1440 by a traveling merchant named _______ who was looking to replenish his water supply. He found that the waters in the cistern were red and made his mouth numb, and so he deduced that he had found a river of enchanted blood that would surely grant eternal life to anyone who drank it. He died shortly thereafter, disproving his own theory but inspiring others to set out against the craggy terrain and violent elements to find and unlock the secret of this tasty elixir. History has not yet given up their fate.
Scientists believe that each of the four springs has given rise to one unique species of H. lupulus (Hops), which then fall into the boiling spring water, which then filters through lemongrass and the roots of galangal plants. Nobody is quite sure what caused the numbing effect described by the merchant, but it was probably due either to the infusion of Sichuan peppercorns into the brew or is the effect of some unknown microorganism from the home planet of those who built the cistern. Comrades Brewing has combined all of the above ingredients that it could find on Earth to create the Hot Pot Double IPA. Served cold, a little Sichuan peppercorn powder or a lemongrass stalk will add an otherworldly effect.
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