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Latin-inspired Cheluna Brewing Company makes a mean mango chile beer 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper

Cheluna Brewing Company, cheluna.com

Billing itself as “the first Latin-owned Mexican craft brewery in Colorado,” and co-operated by a head brewer who’s also an ER doctor, Cheluna offers an eclectic lineup far outside typical breweries’ flagships.

We’re drawn in by several colorful-sounding brews from a 24-tap list, and decide a sample paddle’s the way to try more. A Gose de Tamarindo puckers my tasting mate’s face, a pretty sour wheat with nice fruit forwardness. The fruit flavor — this time strawberry— is also big in a surprisingly not-too-sweet Del Campo Chocolate Strawberry Steam, blushing red with full cacao flavor and nice crispness ­— very interesting.

A fine, citrusy New England style Lupita IPA proves the most normal of our selections, while a Spiced Egyptian Historic Ale made with dates and honey again shows balance where sweetness is expected. Those wanting true sweetness should get the rich Coco Xoco Porter, big with coconut and chocolate notes. But for our money when it comes time to select a crowler for the road, we’re hooked on the Chilango Chile Mango Hefeweizen, pleasantly biting with habanero heat atop a pure mango essence that even gives the top of my tongue a little fuzzy feeling like the fruit does.

Overall, Cheluna rates impressive.

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