I must admit that I had to acquire a taste for Tella, but it's smooth flavor soon won me over!
Tella is the Ethiopian beer, believed to be over 10,000 years old, that is the most popular alcoholic drink in Ethiopia.
As diverse as Ethiopia itself, there are many varieties of Tella. It can be brewed with barley, wheat, millet, surghum, or teff. Gesho leaves, from a local Ethiopian bush, are also used in Tella production.
The process is similiar to the making of store bought beer in that the grain starch is converted into sugars by malting. The difference is that with Tella, there is no added yeast for fermentation as it uses the natural yeast that is present in the grain.
A home in Ethiopia signals that it brews tella by placing a colored rag on an upright pole in front of the house. That way, people passing by can stop in for a cheap drink and good conversation!
If you like trying new varieities of home brew or are just a craft beer lover.....Tella is an interesting discovery!
I had so much fun writing The Big Buna Bash, and I want to share it to inspire cultural pride in kids who might feel like they don't fit in because of their differences. I believe in diversity and inclusion; that's why I wrote The Big Buna Bash!