Cerveza Chilebeso (2016)
Great Basin Brewing Company
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A Note on This Beer
Over 700 fans pack the brewpub, lining up for blocks out the doors with anticipation for this beer’s yearly release party. The brewery blows through 4 kegs of this fan favorite each day, rapidly replacing to keep up with their thirsty patrons.
With this much fervor you might guess that Great Basin’s Cerveza Chilebeso is a crazy-boozy Imperial Stout. But this three time GABF gold-winning jalapeño-infused sipper is a refreshingly crisp Pilsner with a kick of heat.
What makes this beer so special and so highly anticipated? Cerveza Chilebeso’s flash of fire strong is enough to excite the most adventurous palates, but its Pilsner base is refreshing enough to find a home in your summer cook-out cooler.
Brewed with fresh jalapeños, there’s enough spice to perk up your tastebuds, but the ultra clean and light malt give Chilebeso excellent drinkability. It’s easy to see how this beer could become a surprise go-to. Fill your pint glass with this pale gold Lager with an aroma of green bell pepper and cracked wheat. Vegetal chile notes meld into the sweet, light malt backbone. The jalapeño heat is mild, but lingers on after each sip without distracting from the ultimate refreshment of this Pilsner.
Cerveza Chilebeso was one of the first (and still the most highly awarded) Chile beers, starting its gold medal winning streak two decades ago. The brewery recommends pairing Chilebeso with bbq ribs or tacos to truly experience this cult favorite the way it was meant to be.