Sometimes you just want some nachos paired with nacho beer or to drink like the gods of ancient Honduras with a spicy chocolate brew. Whatever your favor for flavor, we’ve got the peppery cervaza for you. Discover how some beers walk on the fiery side with these 7 zesty picks!
Ballast Point Brewing - San Diego, California
This West Coast-style IPA is fruity and bright (and not so bitter) with a kick of habanero peppers. The spice, while hot in the finish, doesn't overpower the overall taste. So you can easily enjoy (and taste) your beer without a mouth on fire.
Night Shift Brewing - Everett, Massachusetts
Yet another habanero infused delight, this rye ale is also brewed with agave nectar to sweeten the deal. Each taste, and each batch for that matter, offers varying spiciness, making this beer perfect for long, pleasurable sipping.
Dogfish Head - Milton, DE
This beer is part of the brewery's Ancient Ale series and was inspired by the chemical analysis of ancient pottery fragments from Honduras. The pottery revealed that a cocoa-based drink spiked with chiles was enjoyed by humans over thousands of years ago around 1200 B.C. Upon this discovery, Dogfish took it upon themselves to create a beer reminiscent of that “food of the gods”, complete with an ABV of 9%... wowzers!
Evil Twin Brewing – Copanhagen/Brooklyn
This Limited Edition pale ale is brewed with corn and fresh jalapenos to relentlessly imitate the flavors of everyone’s all-time favorite: nachos. With an aroma that screams jalapeno but a mild heat, this beer would do best paired with anything spicy.
Burnside Brewing - Portland, Oregon
For those who prefer the lighter side of things, this wheat beer is brewed with 200 pounds of apricot puree and “dry hopped” (as in added at the end of the brew process) with Jamaican Scotch bonnet peppers. Clocking in at just 4.9%, the spice of this beer can be enjoyed all day long.
Ghost Face Killah
Twisted Pine Brewing - Boulder, Colorado
Beyond the excellent name choice, this picante beer is brewed with 6, count ‘em, SIX different chiles! The list includes Fresno, Anaheim, Serrano, jalapeño, habanero, and, last but not least, ghost chiles. The notorious ghost chiles add a reputable source of heat to the beer and requires brewers to wear masks and gloves during its preparation. Sounds dangerously delicious.
Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé Ale
New Belgium Brewing Co. - Ft. Collins, Colorado
Another fuerte cerveza, this 9% ABV chocolate stout with a peppery finish is sure to get your buzz goin’. This brew offers equal parts sweet and spicy thanks to its rye, caramel, and dark chocolate malts mixed with chipotle, guajillo, and ancho chiles. Pouring a deep, pitch-black color, the malty spice of this beer will have your taste buds dancing!