A Spanish cider barrel, a call to action, a toast

After traveling through the Basque region of Spain, Black Twig's Mattie Beason and John Eisensmith fell in love with the Spanish tradition of the txotx (pronounced /CHO-ch/). The txotx is the Spanish barrel that is filled with local cider. Spanish cider isn't carbonated, so when it shoots out of the barrel, the angle and force are enough that the act of catching the cider in your glass physically adds the desired effervescence to the drink. When someone yells, “Txotx!” in the room, everyone gathers with their glass around the barrel, taking turns to catch the 2-4 ounce pour of cider, and then coming together to cheers before drinking the cider in unison. Txotx!