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3 years ago, one of my friend in Beijing brought me jalapeno beer. I was stranged at it. I was told , it is from America.
Maybe the following story from SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS will let us know the beer.
Four years ago, Cibolo resident Seth Weatherly and a friend were eating Hawaiian Fire pizza with pineapple and jalapeños when his friend came up with a bold idea.
The friend suggested to Weatherly, who was a home brewer, that he should brew a beer that included pineapples and jalapeños.
“He told me to brew it,” said Weatherly recalling his conversation with his friend. “I told him he was crazy.”
Weatherly, though, decided to test his friends' idea. Using fresh pineapples and fresh jalapeños, he said he was “blown away” when he tried his first batch of the beer he brewed.
“I was trying to figure out the best way for the flavors to come across, to get the good pineapple flavor but have the hint of jalapeño,” he said. “I couldn't believe it worked. I couldn't believe the end result.”
Weatherly took his new brew, which he named Aloha Piña, to a craft bar in San Antonio for patrons to taste. The response to his ale beer, Weatherly said, was positive.
“By the end of the night, people we're asking where to buy it,” he said. “But I had to tell them I was just a home brewer at that point.”
Making Aloha Piña gave Weatherly the idea that he should open his own craft brewery. After visiting several small craft breweries and doing research on them, he opened 5 Stones Artisan Brewery in Cibolo in March 2013.
The brewery is housed in a 1,200 square-foot metal building in the city's industrial park.
Since he opened his craft brewery, Weatherly and his crew of workers, which includes family members and friends, have produced 11 different beers, including Aloha Piña, which was 5 Stones first beer that was brewed and then sold at area stores in July 2013.
Aloha Piña received a national award for being one of the best craft beers at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, earlier this month. Festival judges awarded the Aloha Piña the silver prize, for a second place showing, in the Herb and Spice Beer category out of 150 entries. The festival included craft beers from more than 1,300 breweries in the U.S.
“It's one of the biggest festivals you can enter your beer in,” Weatherly said. “We believe our beer is good. Our local community loves the beer. To have the judges (at the festival) call your name for silver is amazing.”
In every craft beer he brews, Weatherly says he uses fresh ingredients and produce. For the Aloha Piña, he and his crew cut hundreds of pineapples for one batch and roast the jalapeños. Other 5 Stones Artisan beers include the Frederick Berg, made with peaches grown in Fredericksburg; Norma Jeane, made with fresh strawberries grown by a farmer from Poteet, south of San Antonio; and Sleepy Hollow, brewed with smoked pumpkins.
Weatherly said he brews five to six times a month, with one batch of beer taking five hours to complete. One batch of beer is 94 gallons, enough for 45 to 50 cases of beer.His equipment for brewing the beer includes a hot water heater, a mash lauter tun, used to mix grains and hot water; a boil kettle, in which the ingredients are added; and the fermenters, in which yeast convert sugars into alcohol.
Weatherly said he came up with the name of 5 Stones Artisan Brewery based on the biblical story of David and Goliath, with the five representing the number of stones David threw to slay Goliath.
“When I think about that story I think about these smaller breweries,” he said, “that started many years ago and paved the way for guys like me to brew a beer with jalapeños and pineapples, and actually have people buy it.”
The artisan in the brewery's name, Weatherly said, symbolizes his approach to making craft beer. “We try to take the artisan approach to it,” he said. “We see it as an art form on how we brew and how we use different ingredients.”
5 Stones Artisan beers are sold at several area stores, including H-E-B, Spec's, Twin Liquors and Fox's Pizza and Tap Room in Schertz.
With his business growing, Weatherly is looking for a new location to expand his brewery, which he wants to do as soon as possible. He is searching for a location where he can have a tap room for patrons to taste his beer.