(Originally posted September 26, 2012)
One of the many things my husband misses most about Colorado is the beer. While more Colorado craft beers are becoming available on the East Coast, there’s one style that has yet to arrive – green chile beer.
I’m sure you’re probably thinking to yourself, “What!? Chile pepper in a beer!?! Ewwww…” I know that was my first reaction years ago, but I’ve come to learn that there’s a chile beer out there to fit most tastes because each brewery has their own take on it.
In Denver, Wynkoop has Patty’s Chile beer – light, but sort of spicy. In Fort Collins, Coopersmith’s has their Sigda’s Green Chile beer – another light style with some zing. Durango brings us Steamworks’ Prescribed Burn – medium color with tons of chile heat. And Alamosa has San Luis Valley Brewing Company’s Valle Caliente – a light color beer with minimal heat and all of the flavor of the green chile.
My husband is a connoisseur of all of these chile beers, but I’ll always be partial to SLV’s version. It’s simply a fantastic beer that tastes even better after a long morning of hiking in massive piles of sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park (located about 45 minutes from the brewery).
The day that this picture was taken, SLV Brewing was our oasis. Situated in an old bank building in downtown Alamosa, Colorado, the pub gave us warmth, shelter, food, and drink as a a sunny morning in the Valley gave way to a showery afternoon. We had a fantastic morning of hiking at Dunes before the skies opened, so we topped it off with a trip to town for lunch while we waited for the storms to move through. By the time we were done, the rain was nearly over and it was time for some late day hiking.
The chile beer never tasted as good as it did that day, especially when paired with a basket of sausage and other snacks!