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.
Beard Beer (Rogue Ales, Oregon)
The Draw: Contains natural beard yeast
Release date: Available now
For those hoping this is just a fun play on words: Sorry, no such luck. This brew contains a wild, natural yeast from brewmaster John Maier's beard. (Talk about a flavor saver.) Once you get past the fact that you're drinking microorganisms from some guy's beard, the beer, oddly enough, has a delightfully bready malt body, subtle hop spice, and a slight tang. Lends new meaning to hair of the dog.
$7 for a 22-oz bottle; johnsbeard.com