If there is anything true about Prism beers, it’s that we like to do things differently. Cinchona is a good example of our experiments. Our goal was to see if we could make a beer glow under a black light; like the quinine does to your tonic water in a Gin & Tonic. So we searched for a naturally occurring source of quinine and found the Cinchona plant. Adding Cinchona to a golden ale did not produce any florescence, but the bitterness does provide for a very unique flavor in the beer.
The cinchona – a large shrub or small tree – is indigenous to South America. In the 19th century it could be found along the west coast from Venezuela in the north to Bolivia in the south. Its bark, also known as Peruvian Bark or Jesuit’s Bark, is renowned for its medicinal properties. Though it has been synthesized in the lab, the bark of the cinchona tree is the only known natural source of quinine. The medicinal properties of the cinchona tree were originally discovered by the Quechua Indians of Peru and Bolivia; later, the Jesuits were the first to bring the cinchona to Europe.
This beer is one brewed exclusively to help celebrate our new location and is available for a limited time.