We’ve talked about strange beer flavors before—and we talked about them again in our book Beer-Topia—but all those craft brewers out there keep coming up with more and more bizarre beers. Here’s another round.
Stedji Brewery is based in Iceland, where the population has traditionally lived off the land, or more accurately, the sea. Fishing and whaling fuel the island’s economy, and now its beer as well. Hvalur 2 is flavored with whale testicles that were smoked in burning whale dung.
Squid Ink IPA
Squid ink can be used as a natural coloring and flavoring agent. Pacific Brewing Laboratory in San Francisco thought Squid Ink IPA was a good idea.
Mangalitsa Pig Porter
Beer is generally made of grain, yeast, hops, and water, so it’s vegetarian. Unless it isn’t. Mangalitsa Pig Porter is a dark beer flavored with “smoked pig parts.”
Shuckolate, made by Foolproof Brewing Company finally answers the age-old question: What would beer, chocolate, and oysters taste like together? (Reportedly, salty because of the oysters and smooth and sweet because of the chocolate.)
“Breakfast beer” is a craft brew distinction that refers to beers that are flavored with coffee. But then there’s Black Bottle Brewery’s Cerealiously line—beers made from breakfast cereal. The brewer has made beers out of Count Chocula, Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Honey Bunches of Oats.
Espresso Cloud IPA
In 2015, Starbucks began testing a program called “Starbucks Evenings” at a handful of its stores. That means they serve alcohol, including the company’s own coffee/beer hybrid drink called Espresso Cloud IPA. It consists of an IPA-style beer, and it’s served with a fresh shot of espresso that’s been shaken in ice like a martini. The customer is instructed to then pour the shot into the beer, which through the power of science produces a “cloud” of orange and vanilla flavored foam.