Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Beija: Boston Cachaca

One of my new interests last year was Brazilian Cachaca, a drink similar in some ways to rum but made with fermented sugarcane juice rather than molasses. But as I mentioned before, there are not many brands of Cachaca available locally. That is changing for the better.

Today's Boston Herald newspaper has an article, Sugar Daddies, about a couple Bostonians, Kevin Beardsley and Steve Diforio, who have created a new Cachaca, called Beija, that will debut soon. The Cachaca is made from 100% pure sugarcane which has been hand-cut and hand-harvested. It uses only first-press juice only and begins distillation within ten hours of being harvested. The U.S. has officially designated Beija as the world’s first “virgin cane rum.”

A few Boston restaurants already carry it and it should be available in stores by the end of the month.

The Beija sounds quite intriguing and I will keep my eye out for it and will report back once I have tasted it.

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