Two San Antonio breweries medal at 2018 Great American Beer Festival

Two San Antonio breweries, Künstler Brewing and Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, returned from Denver as medal winners at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Künstler and Ranger Creek won silver and bronze medals, respectively, for their takes on chili beers, or beers brewed with peppers. The medals were firsts for the breweries, as they join San Antonio's only other Great American Beer Festival medal winner, Freetail Brewing Co., which won a gold medal last year for its La Muerta imperial stout in the aged beer category.

Künstler's Chamuco, meaning devil in Spanish, is described on popular beer app Untappd as 7 percent alcohol by volume and brewed with chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and three types of chili peppers. It is also brewed with cacao beans sourced from farms in Ecuador and Peru that use regenerative farming practices.

"It's unreal," Künstler Brewing co-owner Vera Deckard said. "I'm still way over the clouds."

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Künstler Took Silver at the Great American Beer Festival for Chamuco!

Two San Antonio breweries walked away with medals from the 2018 Great American Beer Festival last week in Denver. And true to the South Texas region, the award-winning beers were a chile beer category.

Künstler Brewing, located at 302 East LaChapelle, hasn’t even been in business for a year, but walked away with a silver medal for its Chamuco (which translates to “devil” in Spanish) beer. The beer was brewed with chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, with a blend of chipotle, ancho and guajillo peppers.

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