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.
Pirate Stout (Our Brewing Company, Michigan)
The Draw: Brewed with spices and gunpowder
Release date: Late August
This burly stout, clearly marketed to the buccaneer-wannabe crowd, features some familiar 17th-century flavors (molasses, allspice, coriander, black pepper, tangerine zest) and one that caught our eye: inert gunpowder (sans sulfur). Next time someone tells you to stop shooting your mouth off, you can explain that it's the beer talking.
$6 for a glass at Our Brewing Company; ourbrewingcompany.com