Beer-Crazy: The Best Weird Brews of Summer
Think blueberry ale is weird? You clearly haven't tried beers made with oysters, pizza, or doughnuts. But even those are yesteryear's dares. The need to experiment with strange, unorthodox, even vaguely inedible-sounding ingredients is hitting ever-greater heights this summer as brewers unveil oddball concoctions made with gunpowder, Spanish cedar, and, most stomach-turningly, beard yeast. Below, some brand-new, truly unusual beers.
Humidor Series India Pale Ale (Cigar City Brewing, Florida)
The Draw: Aged in wood used to make cigar boxes
Release date: July
This is not your father's ale…but it may taste like your grandfather's den. The beer plays up Tampa's Latin roots by aging the brewery's Jai Alai IPA in Spanish cedar, the same wood used to make cigar boxes. The result: The ale has notes of pepper, sandalwood, and white grapefruit for a spicy yet citrusy expression.
$11 for a four-pack of 12-oz bottles; cigarcitybrewing.com