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.
Cavendish Ale (Harmony Brewing Company, Michigan)
The Draw: Mimics the essence of earthy pipe smoke
Release date: Early June
Could there really be another beer not harvesting the seductive aroma of malt and hops, but rather something we smoke? Yes: Cavendish Ale smells like sweet, earthy pipe smoke, thanks in part to the addition of aged Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans during fermentation and to the aging of the brew in oak barrels that previously contained cherry bitters.
$6 per 9-oz snifter at Harmony Brewing Company; harmonybeer.com
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