“I fwy to thew id foroughly to make thaw I haf enuff to weth it aw thwoo.” Sam Calagione is quoted as saying while he had a mouthful of the milled purple corn used to make Chicha. One of the ingredients of Chicha is corn. And to convert the starches of corn into fermentable sugars - the ancient tribes figured out to mix the corn with saliva. That's right... human spit in beer!
Joyce Wadler writes a very entertaining article on the latest escapades of Sam Calagione - founder of Dogfish Head Brewery. Dogfish Head is well known for their extreme styles of beer. Chicha is no doubt an extreme beer.
Read the entire article from the NY Times - Chew It Up, Spit It Out, Then Brew. Cheers!