The beer geek in me will try any beer, at least once. As was the case with a bottle of Cave Creek Chili Beer, which is now brewed at Cervecería Mexicana. Unfortunately for this beer, it has a stigma of being one of the worst beers ever made coming in at #14 on Beer Advocate’s “Bottom of the List.” Well, my curiosity got the best of me, let’s see how bad this really is.
Category Chile Beer
If there’s one intriguing concept about American craft beer, it’s the realm of “Chile Beers” – that is, beers brewed with (hot) peppers. While I haven’t had too many that can masterfully blend beer and peppers, there are a few, and the most recent example is Bootlegger’s Brewery Black Phoenix. This beer, a Chile Beer/Stout, is brewed with coffee and chipotle peppers – a blending pulled off quite well.
Ever since I had Dogfish Head’s Theobroma, Chile beers have been something I seek out. One of Oregon’s most well known breweries, Rogue Brewery, has recently released their Spring seasonal, Chipotle Ale. Brewed in dedication to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva, who once wrote about a Mexican dish combining chipotles and ale, this 5.5% ABV beer from Rogue sounded like something right up my alley.