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Featured Brewer: San Luis Valley Brewing Company

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valle caliente green chile lagerAbout thirty minutes west of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, in the railroad town of Alamosa, Colorado, lies the San Luis Valley Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery that’s a must-visit for beer lovers. The brewery, owned and founded by Scott and Angie Graber as an outlet for a “hobby out of control,” is a favorite with both locals and tourists, and recentl…

valle caliente green chile lagerAbout thirty minutes west of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, in the railroad town of Alamosa, Colorado, lies the San Luis Valley Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery that’s a must-visit for beer lovers. The brewery, owned and founded by Scott and Angie Graber as an outlet for a “hobby out of control,” is a favorite with both locals and tourists, and recently expanded into a coffee bar space.
On tap at the brewery are six year-round brews, four seasonal brews, and four guest brews from other breweries such as Guinness and New Belgium, so there is always a wide variety of beer available. Of the six year-round brews, three in particular are noteworthy: Vallé Caliente is SLVB’s award-winning Mexican-style lager, Valle Especial, infused with hatch green chiles to produce a unique brew that pairs perfectly with nachos or a green chile guacamole burger (a meal served at the brewery, coincidentally enough). According the SLVB’s head brewer, Andrew Klair, the Vallé Caliente is by far the brewery’s most popular beer with tourists, and it’s easy to see why: it offers the experience of a completely unique and local flavor, and it’s something people can take home with them to share with their friends and family after their trip. However, it’s not the type of beer you’d want to drink every day of your life—the flavor of the chiles is bold, bordering on overwhelming, and it doesn’t go with everything.
ol 169 oatmeal stoutThe Hefe Suavé Wheat Ale, on the other hand, is light and smooth, with an easy-going flavor that’s perfect for summer. This is the type of beer you can have and enjoy every day, and it pairs great with any type of food. The Ol’ 169 Oatmeal Stou…
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