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.
Kvasir (Dogfish Head Brewery, Delaware)
The Draw: Uses a 3,500-year-old recipe
Release date: July
This modern interpretation of a time-honored Scandinavian grog is part of Dogfish Head's Ancient Ale line (it re-creates beers based on centuries-old recipes) and was developed with the help of a biomolecular archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania. It's based on ingredients in a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel found at the foot of a coffin belonging to a female dancer in Denmark. Scientists tell us the recipe contained wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale (a flowering shrub), yarrow, meadowsweet, honey, and birch syrup.
$12 to $13 for a 750-milliliter bottle; dogfish.com