Drink + Dine

José Andrés’ New Beer Is Full of Flavor and Fun

December 3, 2014
Written by: Natalie James

The lights were dim and the vibes were high. It was a special night at The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills to celebrate the launch of José Andrés’ new collaborative effort with Deschutes Brewery: “Zarabanda” beer. We were there—with frothy glasses of brew in hand—hoping to get a glimpse of Chef to ask him about his latest feat.

What began as a fun idea between friends – José has known the brewery owner for over twenty years – became Zarabanda, the perfect bottle of beer, filled with crisp and bright flavors. Brewed in the beautiful Pacific Northwest located in the heart of Oregon, this complex malt is a unique addition to the sixth largest craft brewer in America and marks Chef’s first dip into the beer world.

José Andrés worked closely with the brewers to develop his very own distinct taste to share with the world. Over the course of three years, Andrés and Deschutes performed over 150 spice variety tests to develop a quality flavor fit to pair with the most delicious of meals. Tapping into his enthusiasm for experimentation, Andrés applied his expertise to develop the beer’s innovative flavor that encompasses lemon verbena, pink peppercorn, sumac and dried lime.

Zarabanda is a great food beer: it’s light, full of flavor, and would pair splendidly with any charcuterie plate on a Saturday afternoon. For those crucial dinner pairings, it compliments a rich butter cream sauce quite nice.

Zarabanda, its name inspired by the Spanish Sarband dance, loosely translates to fun or enjoyment. When drinking it, you can expect nothing less. José Andrés’ latest venture is bright, refreshing, and makes the palate come alive. When not sipping at one of the many sbe venues it’s stocked at, you can find this distinct bottle at Whole Foods, Sprouts, BevMo, or your local indie bottle shop.