A rich & flavorful history
All Dos Luces beers start with corn as the main ingredient, using blue corn malted right here in Colorado and grown as close to home as possible. We choose to brew our own variations on Chicha and Pulque because of the rich history and depth of flavors associated with these drinks, originating with two of the major cultures of Pre-Columbian North and South America. Drinks like these are starting to make a comeback in their home countries, and by making our own versions of them, we hope to help spread their inspiration.
Inti — Chicha
Inca god of the Sun.
Bright, ethereal, and powerful.
An Incan staple still enjoyed throughout the Andes, Chicha is a beer brewed from corn. Various corns can be used to craft a great Chicha. Traditionally, corn was made fermentable by either chewing on it, or by germination, much like barley, into jora, a sun-dried corn malt. Dos Luces brews with malted blue corn, and we mix with whole kernels of Peruvian purple corn to give our Chicha its distinctive color and flavor. Our Chichas are nicknamed “Inti” after the Incan god of the sun, because it offers the consistency and radiance that makes everyone smile. Sweet and refreshing, Chicha is an everyday indulgence that goes great with spicy foods from jalapeños to buffalo wings.
Metztli — Pulque
Aztec god of the moon.
Ominous, changing, and mischievous.
The cups of the Aztecs give us Pulque, traditionally made from the spontaneously fermented aguamiel, the sap of the maguey plant. Pulque is experiencing a revival across Mexico, with these fresh, vibrant brews are being enjoyed late into the night. At Dos Luces, we take inspiration from aguamiel and regional corn, and blending maguey nectar with our malted blue corn, applying our own approach to this timeless tradition. Touched with cinnamon and mixed with fruits the spicy, sweet, and sour flavors, take what might be heavy metal soundtrack and turning it into a symphony on your tongue. Nicknamed “Meztli” for the Aztec god of the moon, our Pulque just might lead to some lunacy if you’re not careful. With bold sweet and sour flavors, as well as higher alcohol, Pulque offers a more intense experience that pairs well with complex dishes like molès and ratatouille.
Chichas and Pulques are commonly blended with fruits, spices, coffees, chocolates, and in tantalizing refreshing combinations. Our curados change seasonally, come taste what the harvest brings to our cups.
Made from purple corn, fruit, spices, and sugar, think of it as Peruvian root beer. Ours is made much like our Chicha, but unfermented, and sweetened with a touch of maguey nectar. Gluten-Free.