Monday, November 25, 2013

Cave Creek Chili Beer

I know its been awhile since I posted, but I have been in the process of migrating over to a new hosting provider, and page formatting isn’t coming across right. 

As it stands, I have a lot of reviews that are backlogged – and I want to start getting them out, so I thought I might as well post them…..starting with Crazy Ed’s Cave Creek Chili Beer.

How could I not try this, since it combines three of my favorite things – Beer, Chili and Crazy Ed.

Crazy Ed is a 75 year old restaurateur who started Cave Creek Chili Beer in 1992, where (they claim) they created the worlds first Chili Beer.  A beer that even has a Serrano Pepper floating in the bottle.

The beer (and Crazy Ed) were even featured on The Food Network.


I saw this  beer while out to dinner at Pescados the other night and, given my love for Chili Beer (thank you Flat Branch) I had to give it a try.

Crazy Ed’s Cave Creek Chili Beer

AppearanceChili Beer - A clear golden yellow, the beer itself had almost zero carbonation.  This could be due to the with one Serrano Pepper floating in the bottle.

Nose – Straight green chili pepper.  No hops or malt.

Taste – High on the chili spice, this overwhelming flavor hides anything you could be looking for from a beer.  The green chili flavor itself is not as spicy as the video claims, but still has a little kick to it. 

Overall – While this may be the original, I still give Flat Branch the edge in putting out a better product.  This beer does pair well with steaks and Mexican food – so that is a bonus.  I could see it being a very niche or novelty beer that wouldn’t work well with everyone.  I thought the beer was average – but I could see this actually failing with some people. 

I would give this a 2.5 out of 5 for general consumption and a 3 out of 5 if you are into spicy/flavorful beers.

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