TBR Reviews Cave Creek Chile Beer
File Date: 6.9.2012
File Name: HooHa All You Chili Pepper Fans!
The Beer: Cave Creek Chili Beer
Type: Chili Beer
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Cerveceria Mexicana, S. de R.L. de C.V.
Web Site: None
State/Country of Origin: Mexico
Brewer Info: Scattered F-16 parts, and lizards the size of beagles. All baked to a crisp 130 degrees.The Arizona desert home to 20 million rattlesnakes, It’s the kind of wide open desolation that makes people think twice before shutting off the car. And a place where a cold beer is pretty damned important. For Crazy Ed Chilleen, of Cave Creek, Arizona, (Pop.1328 including coyotes and cattle) beer was much too important to be trusted to outsiders. So, in 1989, he started brewing his own beer. The town was suspicious. And became even more so when an entire brewery arrived in crates at the foot of Black Mountain, along with a German named Arnold. But after the first batch the people began to come around. The beer was good, damn good, So good in fact, the yuppies started driving in from all over The U.S.A. Something had to be done, So , whenever one of them whined for a “wedge of lime” Ed started putting a hot Serrano chili pepper into the beer instead. Amazingly, about 2 out of ten actually liked the stuff. Surely, thought Ed, the Eighties had come to close. Today the Brewery in Cave Creek is closed but Chili Beer Lives on and is being made in Tecate, Mexico and being distributed worldwide.
(This beer used to be brewed at Black Mountain Brewing Co. in Cave Creek, AZ, but ceased operation in 2008. The beer is now being brewed by Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V.)
Brewer Brand Hype: (This beer is not supported very well by the new brewer. It was difficult to find any brand marketing referencing this beer label.)
Label: Premium Lager Beer with a Chili Pepper added.
The Brewski Review: HooHa! I’m not one partial to chile peppers but I thought I’d give this one a try. Definitely not something I could drink more than one bottle. If you have a passion for chili peppers, this one might be for you. I was incredibly surprised as to the extent of the chili flavor. I was expecting some weak, hardly noticable taste and was shocked at how intense the flavor was. Of course, I’m only referring to the CHILI flavor. To me, the beer wasn’t really stellar and the chili overpowered any other flavors you’d expect in a beer. I actually thought this would be a good ingredient for those who like to add both beer and chili peppers to their chili. Kill two birds so to speak. It poured with a large foamy head and was a murky dark golden color.
Drinkability: No so much.
Appearance: Murky dark gold color.
The Buds: Chili-rama.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps.