The contents of this beautiful package were cacao nibs from Belize. Cacao nibs are the dried cracked seeds of the Cacao tree. (Theobroma). Research has found evidence of its culinary use in Mayan and Aztec cultures dating back thousands of years.
Del's buddy, Roger, owns Lamanai Chocolate Company in Belize. Del visited him back in January of 2018 and was completely intrigued by the process and captivated by the beauty of the people and the place.
Del's mind never stops. So along with having a great time, making new friends, learning new things, listening to the howler monkeys and touring the rainforest, he was cooking up a plan. Hence we present to you Lamanai Cacao Pale Ale made with cacao nibs from the Lamanai Chocolate Company fresh from Belize.
From there to here! Thank you Roger and family for the generosity of your time and the inspiration for this delicious brew.
Today is a great day to get projects accomplished. BT is brewing a big batch of Green Dot, Del is making a keg washer, Marte is messing around on the computer and painting, and the animals are making sure we do everything right.
Oct 1 marked an interesting and exciting day for small breweries. We are now allowed to self distribute our product. (with some restrictions of course) Yep. So keep an eye out for Lilly Pad brews in your favorite drinking spot. We are looking forward to seeing you enjoying our beer in other locations.
Many of you know the evolution of the Lilly Pad, but for those of you who don't and are interested, here we go.
Roughly 22 years ago our family moved to Morgan County. We were attracted by the abundance of state parks and wildlife areas. There is so much to do here! There is rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, wild flower tours, birdwatching and general playing in the outdoors.
We found our "paradise island" just adjacent to the Obed Wild and Scenic River. We are a short hike to the national park with it's gorgeous scenery, waterfalls, and untamed rivers.
But, as is our nature, we wanted to share. Our first friend to camp with us shared his experience with some of his friends. The word spread that we were camper friendly and before we knew it we had an impromptu campground and we loved it. But with more guests come more upgrades. Now we have a Nano brewery, food truck, and soon to be renovated campground. Please stay tuned here for that development. We open camping on certain weekends. Stay abreast of that on social media at Lilly Pad Hopyard Brewery and The Sauced Frog. Our good friend has camping available a mere 2 miles from us, just across the gorge on the other side of park property.
As of today, Oct. 1, we are allowed to self distribute our beer. We are working diligently to expand our brewing capabilities in order to do so. Our dog, BIG, was the overseer of the project. We don't know what we would do without him!
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