When it comes to the ingredients we source, we make no compromises and employ rigid standards for the quality we will accept. After all, we believe that in the end, our products can only be as good as the ingredients that go into them. This is a pursuit of passion and a labor of love, and our products reflect this commitment. We started our Seasonal Series to celebrate the seasonality of fresh ingredients. We create limited-edition, periodic releases that feature one ingredient at its peak freshness. We'd like to introduce our final 2017 Seasonal Series release: Green Chile Hot Sauce.
Justin and Tyler participated in the Chile Chili Festival in the beginning days of The Real Dill, where they met farmer and chile roaster, Shane Milberger of Milberger Farms, who was very passionate about Pueblo Chiles. He was even promoting them over hatch chiles, stating that they should be the official Colorado chile. Milberger had a unique roasting technique; water was shot into the roaster as the chiles roasted, and the steam pulled a lot of the skin off in the process. This gave the chiles an incredible flavor, making them the best of their kind.
Tyler kept in touch with Milberger over the years, and when we released Pueblo Chile Chips as a 2015 Seasonal Series release, we bought all of our chiles from him. As a zero food waste company, minimizing waste is very important to us. So when we had left over chiles from the Pueblo Chile Chips, we made a “Happy Holidays Hot Sauce” and gave it to our retail partners as a small token of appreciation and holiday gifts. It was labeled “made for fun not for sale!” Almost immediately afterwards, we started receiving wholesale orders from stores that wanted to sell the hot sauce; obviously, they didn't read the label! People swore that it was the best hot sauce they ever had, and some went as far as making jokes, or so we thought, about finding extra bottles on the black market.
The requests for hot sauce, both for personal consumption and retail, never stopped. People still bring it up every time we see them. We made it a few other times for giveaway purposes, and that just seemed to stoke the flames even more. The truth is, we understood where they were coming from. Even we were addicted to the sauce and had run out of our personal stash.
While not trying to be a hot sauce company, the overwhelming feedback and our love for this recipe led us to cave into the pressure. With Pueblo Chiles being such an iconic Colorado ingredient, and one that is so seasonally relevant this time of year, we figured it would be the perfect fit for a one-time release in our 2017 Seasonal Series.
Green Chile Hot Sauce isn’t a typical hot sauce. It's more of a “pour on your food” than “sprinkle over your food” sauce. It’s an amazingly versatile flavor bomb that has a little bit of a kick to it. Tyler was initially inspired by the authentic green chile they use on the burritos at El Taco De Mexico. Rich roasted flavors, celebrating the Pueblo Green Chile are at the forefront, followed by a smokey, round, but not overwhelming, heat on the finish.
The star ingredients in Green Chile Hot Sauce are fire roasted Pueblo Green Chiles and Baere-liner Weisse beer from Baere Brewing Company. We also fire roasted jalapeños, poblanos, and onions. In a hot sauce, you need to balance heat with acidity, so we like making hot sauce with beer because of its acidic and tart qualities. We had an organic relationship with Baere Brewing Company and knew the Baere-liner Weisse has a nice acidic backbone to its flavor profile. This specific beer really cuts through the heat, while still providing beer flavor. It’s also light in color, so it doesn't muddy up the finished product. We think it adds a nice, subtle fermented funk flavor to the sauce.
Green Chile Hot Sauce will be available online and in stores the week of November 13th. Sign up for our email list for access to an exclusive presale starting Friday November 3rd.
Green Chile Hot Sauce will also be available at retail stores within our distribution footprint.
This is a limited-edition product, and we're only making one batch of it.
Want to be the first to try Green Chile Hot Sauce and take it home with you? Join us for the official launch party at the Baere Brewing Company Taproom (320 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203) on Saturday November 11th at 2 pm.