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April 24th, 2013 BRIAN YAEGER | Drank
 

Drank: Espelette (Agrarian Ales)

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Chili peppers—25 varieties of them—were once the top crop at the Tilley family’s 25-acre farm in Eugene. Hops now get more attention from Ben and Nate Tilley, but they haven’t plowed the peppers under. The Tilleys’ new project, Agrarian Ales, involves plans for a steady stream of seasonal chili beers. Currently, they’re pouring Espelette, a full-flavored brew that stays low on the Scoville scale. Brilliant red Espelette peppers were dried in the traditional Basque style that spices everything from soups to chocolates in the region straddling Spain and France. Used in this reddish-brown beer, it awakens taste buds with a tingle and is an ideal complement to stews, meats and dark chocolate. Recommended.

 
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