Sean Reviews Cave Creek Chili Beer

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.
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18 thoughts on “Sean Reviews Cave Creek Chili Beer

  • June 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    We need you Chile and beer lovers to come support and bring up that small Facebook group number. :_drinkbeer:

  • June 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    With respect to Sean, this beer is crap. Try Rogue Chipotle Ale…now THAT is a good pepper beer.

  • June 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I feel like I just put up the Bat Signal, but it was shaped like a beer bottle. 😆
    Jonathan your refined buds of taste might be too refined for this beer. As you know I do not like beer, and didn’t even bother trying this unique liquid, but everyone that had a slurp at the party went GaGa over it. Not the Lady Gaga equivalent though.

  • June 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Doesn’t Sean drink Bud Light?

  • June 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I had a bottle of this, well I couldn’t finish the whole bottle, back in the mid nineties. It was nasty! Now I realize that I’m not a beer expert, but I know what I like and I sure didn’t like this stuff.

  • June 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Sean’s favorite beer is the free kind.

  • June 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Hudd, you are right on the Money! And what ever you do, don’t try to eat the pepper!!!

  • June 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I had some Ed’s Original Cave Creek Chile Beer years and years ago. If they had replaces the beer part with some Sam Adams it would have been good.

  • June 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I did actually take a bite of the pepper but spit it out.

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Gotta agree, Art. Without the core beer taste being any good in Cave Creek, it’s not worth a chilehead even trying this.

  • June 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

    My wife bought me a six pack for my birthday last year. After the first one the other 5 just sat there in the fridge. A few weeks later I popped another and enjoyed it a lot. It tasted like a Corona with a bit of heat to it. If you don’t like Corona type beers then you won’t like this. I personally like pretty much all beers and all chiles so I’m admittingly easy to please! Don’t eat the serrano afterwards though. Ugh, I did that once but it was horrid. The chile flavor was totally replaced by flat beer taste. I’d recommend you buy one if you see it sold individually and see what you think.

  • June 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Derrick, you’re right – if you don’t like Corona type beers, this won’t appeal. Further, I don’t think it’s really for chili heads – it’s for people who want to drink something different or WANT to be chili heads. Personally, if given a choice between Cave Creek and any of the mass produced beers (Bud, MGD, Coors, etc.), I will take the Chili Beer.

  • June 22, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I love the debate. Some people totally dislike the beer and others think it is a worthy beverage.

  • June 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Ain’t NO tellin’ bout some people…

  • June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I’ve been saying it for a while…. BEER=GOOD. End of story.

  • June 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Now, now – to each their own.

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