Scoville Index of Beer

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Roswell Alien Beer

The Scoville Index measures the spice of a chili pepper. It’s a measurement as popular in Albuquerque as alcohol content in beer is in the Northeast.

But making a good beer isn’t just for cold states. Microbreweries are gaining ground in Albuquerque.

One of the writers with us pens for Draft magazine. Taste-testing beer to write about it for a living – can you imagine?

After many samples of agave margaritas I switched to a bottle of Roswell Alien Ale. Yes, it was the name that caught my fancy.

It’s brewed by New Mexico’s Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (70 miles from Roswell) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the controversial UFO crash. It’s a beer that is difficult to find beyond state lines so don’t expect to find them in New York.