Beer for chili

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  1. Louis_Toschner

    Louis_Toschner Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 South Carolina

    Hey all,

    What craft beer would you guys recommend for a chili recipe? I like to use beer instead of water and I usuallly use a very good bock or even double bock. I would liketo experiment with other types though. Anyone here have some suggestions?
  2. comfortablynirm

    comfortablynirm Disciple (360) Aug 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Porter has been working well for me.
  3. JuliusCaesar

    JuliusCaesar Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2013 New Hampshire

    Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
  4. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Ghost Scorpion :D
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  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,253) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Something low in hops (bitterness will carry through). Have done well with some smoked beers.
  6. jongullotti

    jongullotti Aspirant (294) Apr 7, 2006 Massachusetts

    I have found that anything too hoppy or too malty adds an unwanted bitterness to the chili. I usually ask my Bud-drinking neighbor for a can when I make chili. I always give him a Sierra Nevada Pale in return (he says he likes the SN but he continues to drink Bud.) I suppose if it has to be a Craft beer then Brooklyn Lager could be a good choice.
  7. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (607) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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  8. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    Search for a chili thread in here. A few of us posted full recipes at one point maybe 6 months ago. Prob 5 recipes in there.

    Specific to your question though, I like to use a porter at bare minimum, but I've also had great luck using a non-hoppy RIS to build even more depth in the chili.
  9. Louis_Toschner

    Louis_Toschner Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 South Carolina

    I didn't think of smoked beers...I'll give that a try. Thanks!
  10. Louis_Toschner

    Louis_Toschner Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 South Carolina

    I'll do that! Thanks!
  11. fsvan

    fsvan Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2009 Tennessee

    The last two times I've made chili I've used Terrapin Wake N Bake. Came out great.
  12. Music2myear

    Music2myear Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2013 Oklahoma

    Any good yeasty-tasting wheat beer. Added bonus: Make this up in a crock pot with cubed roast, and when you get home from work/play it smells like you have a loaf of fresh bread baking.

    Sam Adams Irish Red seems to work particularly well for this and has become my wife's go-to for both pot roast (beer gravy on mashed potatoes is relevatory) and her spicy chili.

    Side note: My wife is a non-beer drinker (doesn't like the bitterness, even of a hefewiess, but has come fond, if probably inaccurate, memories of a Rustic Saison we tried a few years back) and a less adventurous chef than me, but putting beer in the pot roast and then the chili was all her idea. And I'm lovin' it.
  13. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,357) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I like to use a Porter or an Irish Dry Stout.
  14. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (616) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Experiment some. Use one beer this time and another next time
  15. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    I'll echo the porter recommendations: I use it in my chili and drink it with it as well.
  16. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I used Long Trail Hibernator recently, a Scotch Ale. T'was awesome!
  17. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Rogue Chipotle Ale is one I use often.
  18. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (242) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Porter is my go to as well, always Black Butte in the fridge (5.99/sixer)
  19. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Aspirant (232) Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    I use Avery Old Jubilation or Great Divide Hibernation a lot in my chili. Theyre in season when I like to make chili so it works well. I've used Fort Collins Brewing Z before, but it is very smokey. I dial back on the smoked chile's I use in my blend (chipotle and ancho) when I use a smoked beer.
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