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Soulcraft Brewing’s Green Chile Ale brings the heat 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Soulcraft recently celebrated its first anniversary and began Front Range distribution. Cellar master Mike LaCroix formerly brewed at nearby Amicas Pizza, and lead brewer Scott Bouldin formerly brewed for Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub, another town staple, says beertender Josie Johnston. They’ve kept 16 taps busy, partnering with a mobile pasta business for on-site bites.

In the Springs, we pick up a bottle of Green Chile Ale (around $7.50), a beer LaCroix made popular at Amicas. It’s a blonde ale with English hops and an easy-drinking 5.2 percent ABV. Pueblo and serrano chilies first greet drinkers in the floral, earthy aroma, then continue with a mild throat burn and warming feeling all the way down. Heat lingers in the finish, building over sips. Consumed with chips and green chile on the side for a fun double-down, it amplifies the fresh stuff a bit, or vice versa. We’re happy, but a spice-sensitive friend says it’s too much for him — go with your gut. 
Location Details Soulcraft Brewing
248 Rainbow Blvd.
Out-of-Town
Salida, CO
719/539-5428
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