SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MateVeza has released Yerba Mate IPA, an organic, naturally caffeinated India Pale Ale brewed with yerba mate, source of the South American herbal tea. The much anticipated follow up to MateVeza’s award-winning initial release, Yerba Mate Gold, MateVeza’s newest offering combines yerba mate’s earthy, herbal tones with bright hop flavor and aroma from Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops.
The MateVeza line of organic craft beers is brewed with yerba mate, contributing both a unique flavor and a natural source of caffeine. The yerba mate in MateVeza’s new organic IPA provides an amount of caffeine equivalent to one half cup of coffee per twelve-ounce serving.
Yerba mate is cultivated in South America, where a yerba mate infusion is as ubiquitous as a cup of coffee in the United States. Many prefer the gentle stimulating effects of yerba mate to those of coffee. In addition, yerba mate is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The yerba mate ritual has been an integral part of South American culture for hundreds of years, bringing family and friends together.
MateVeza was founded in 2006 by homebrewer Jim Woods after he fortuitously followed a sip of freshly brewed yerba mate with a hoppy pale ale in his San Francisco apartment. Sparks flew, as the contrasting flavors of yerba mate, hops and malt tantalized his taste buds. Woods developed a yerba mate ale recipe and brought MateVeza to market in November of 2006, making it the first beer brewed with yerba mate in the world. Woods’ use of yerba mate leaves in the brewing process earned him “four stars for originality” from the late great beer writer, William Brand. Draft Magazine called MateVeza one of the “Top 25 Beers of 2007″ and “proof that beer can go well beyond its four main ingredients.”
MateVeza Yerba Mate Gold and Yerba Mate IPA are now available throughout California, Oregon, and Washington in twenty-two-ounce bottles with twelve-ounce bottles arriving this summer. Visit http://www.mateveza.com for details on availability.
MateVeza (Mate + Cerveza) markets and sells organic, naturally caffeinated ales brewed with yerba mate, the South American herbal tea. MateVeza’s award-winning initial release, Yerba Mate Gold, and new Yerba Mate IPA are brewed and bottled in Ukiah, California by Mendocino Brewing Company. MateVeza is USDA certified organic by CCOF. More information about MateVeza is available at http://www.mateveza.com