Crème brulée, banana nut bread, and key lime pie – three delicious treats right off the dessert menu, right? Wrong. As America’s craft beer trend continues to pick up steam, artisan brewers are experimenting more and more with nontraditional flavors and ingredients. You’ve tried coffee beer – now try something even more adventurous.
8 Funky Craft Beer Varieties For Adventurous Beer Drinkers
1. Crème Brulée Stout (Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY) – Crème brulée is a dessert menu mainstay, and when it teams up with an imperial milk stout, the results are heavenly. Imparting a strong vanilla bean flavor without being oversweet, this silky dessert brew pairs well with vanilla custard, bananas foster or a chocolate ice cream sundae.
2. Mamma Mia Pizza Beer (Sprecher Brewing Company in Glendale, WI) – Frat boys around the country will rejoice at this culinary creation, a classic American ale blended with traditional Italian pizza flavors. Savor the combination of oregano, basil, tomato and garlic in a glass and wash it all down with a big slice of pizza.
3. Banana Bread Beer (Wells and Young’s Brewing Company in Bedfordshire, UK) – Banoffee pie is an English dessert that for some reason has never quite caught on in America. This award-winning beer is like a bottled version of the popular pie, melding the subtle flavors of banana with caramel aromas to create a delicate drink with a dry finish.
4. Coconut Curry Hefeweizen (New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO) – Nothing washes down a spicy Indian meal better than an ice-cold beer. Why not start with the bottle and enjoy the complex flavors of curry as you drink? This hazy Hefeweizen features a banquet of potent flavors, including kaffir lime, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne.
5. Avocado Ale (Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, CA) – Have you ever wished you could just drink guacamole? Angel City bottled up the flavors of the creamy green condiment, including avocado, cilantro and onion for a recent Avocado Festival. Enjoy the fresh brew with tortilla chips, of course!
6. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout (Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, CO) – Before you start sipping on this creamy black stout, make sure you know the true meaning of Rocky Mountain oysters, because there is no ocean in Colorado. Featuring the fine flavor of bull testicles, this heavy brew also uses roasted grains and locally sourced base malts.
7. Key Lime Pie Beer (Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI) – Brewed with fresh lime juice, graham crackers and marshmallow fluffs, this sweet-tart beer won gold at the Great American Beer Festival for its unique flavor profile and popular appeal. Try it on a sunny afternoon, alongside your dessert or in place of it.
8. Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Ale (Rogue Ales in Portland, OR) – Voodoo Doughnut shop is a staple of Portland’s artsy personality, and they’ve teamed up again with local brewery Rogue Ales to make a unique artisan creation. Originally inspired by Elvis’ favorite sandwich, this frothy ale comes on the heels of last year’s Doughnut Bacon Maple variety.
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