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.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Whole (Right Brain Brewery, Michigan)
The Draw: Brewed with 50 locally made strawberry-rhubarb pies
Release date: Early summer
Who needs dessert wine when you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a light amber ale made from strawberry-rhubarb pies? In this case, 50 pies from the local Grand Traverse Pie Company are crushed up and added to the beer without any extracts or flavoring—a perfect addition to Right Brain Brewery's other confection-themed liquid homages, like its Bourbon Pecan Pie Whole and Cherry Pie Whole.
$5 for a pint at the brewery; rightbrainbrewery.com