Why not go full-bore on the tasting party theme by expanding the fun to your beer offerings? Just hit your local liquor store and seek out a beer expert to help you pick a wide-ranging selection of craft brews.
A gonzo meaty chili demands a deep, roasty beer that packs flavor but doesn't steal the show, like a porter. Reach for either Founders Porter or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
A relatively mild dish deserves a relatively mild beer — with a flavorful twist. A Belgian golden ale, like PranQster, from North Coast Brewing, is light bodied with a zesty food-friendly finish.
A brown ale, like Bell's Best Brown or the soon-to-return Goose Island Nut Brown, will complement the chili's tang and moderate flavor-body combination without overwhelming it.