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5 chili beers to help you recover from the ‘polar vortex’


Since half the country’s emerging from the frigid spell of a ‘polar vortex,’ let’s talk about heat. Specifically, chili beers. A lot of us here at DRAFT are obsessed with spicy chili beers. We like them hot and we like them loud.

Chances are you’re cold right now. Chances are you’re thirsty, too. Deal with both of those pesky problems with these spicy chili beers.

If you like mild salsa:
Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chili Cerveza
This lager’s roasted green chili flavor works perfectly with the sweet, grainy base; the pepper’s mild heat latches onto the back of the throat, accentuating a crisp lager finish.

If you like five-alarm salsa:

Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah
Count ’em: Serrano, habanero, jalapeno, Anaheim, Fresno and the mighty ghost pepper. Prickly carbonation intensifies this beer’s insane heat for an excruciatingly awesome burn, and then whisks the peppers off the tongue.

If you’re into self-punishment:
Stone Punishment
The brewery took its Double Bastard Ale, poured it into Kentucky bourbon barrels and aged it with more peppers than I care to write (but include black nagas and Moruga scorpions). “It will rip the beard off your face,” says Stone’s Greg Koch.

If you like hops:
No Label Don Jalapeno
The added jalapeno’s green pepper flavor complements this pale ale’s earthy, peppery hops, and pumps up the beer’s bitterness with a flash of heat just before the swallow.

If you have a sweet-tooth
Oddside Ales Mayan Mocha Stout
Velvety dark chocolate and luscious nutmeg calm this stout’s slow, smoldering habanero heat. It’s like drinking dessert with a spicy kick.

What’s your favorite chili beer?


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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