Chili might not be a humongous deal to you but to the city of Cincinnati, it means a great deal. Much like how Baltimore has crab cakes, Philadelphia has the cheesesteak and New Orleans has po’boys, Ohio’s second largest city is famous for its cheesy, meaty goodness and with National Chili Day on Feb. 28, one local brewery is honoring the event with a uniquely flavored special edition beer.
Named after Cincinnati native, and the 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft, Taft’s Brewing Company is a hyper-local brewhouse that has a handful of year-round efforts and almost two dozen seasonal beers. But nothing quite as bizarre as what Taft’s plans to tap at the end of the month – Cincy Chili Porter, a beer inspired by the city’s most famous dish. While the complete details of the brew remain unknown, the porter will have strong chili characteristics, which only makes sense considering the brewery teamed up with Gold Star Chili, a local chain that’s well known for serving up heaping piles of the dish on everything from hot dogs to burgers.
Taft’s has said the beer will be modeled after its Maverick Chocolate Porter, with strong hints of cinnamon and dried chiles. Though it might be on the smaller scale, brewing up to six-batches a day, Taft’s has received national recognition in the past, most notably when Gustav, a Vienna-style lager, won gold at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. That’s a pretty good way to both gain notoriety and help bring locals through the door.
The brewery will be holding a special event on the evening of National Chili Day and a percentage of all the proceeds from the event, which will include all sorts of chili-flavored foods, goes back to local area food banks. Unfortunately, you will have to be in The Queen City to find this beer, which likely won’t be around very long, if the city’s locals like it has much as they like their chili. Who knows, maybe it could eventually become a permanent at the brewery down, or start a new trend among brewers across the country?