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 Schwarzcake (Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Virginia)
The Draw: Fermented with strawberry pureé
Release date: June
Although most Germans would scoff at the fact that this schwarzbier contains fruit (this style of beer is defined by its absence of fruit), Wild Wolf Brewing Company bucks convention by adding strawberries during primary and secondary fermentation for a noseful of strawberry shortcake and a chocolate-covered-strawberry finish—the complete opposite of what you'd expect from the beer's black color and tan head.
$7 for a 22-oz bottle; wildwolfbeer.com