While I was at Clement Bourg’s Crawfish Boil, his guests were passing out some of this Cave Creek Chili Beer. The consensus was it was pretty good. Since I am not a connoisseur of beer, I need to find me a man who can appreciate a good beer, and in stepped Sean. Of course, Sean isn’t a chilehead by any means, although I have tortured him enough with my spicy cooking to claim to be a level 1 chilehead. I didn’t think the chile beer would be too hot since that was the reaction from the party goers who consumed the weird beverage.
A little about Cave Creek Chile Beer:
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 to try it.
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.