Unique, Unusual & Offbeat Beers
If your idea of an oddball brew is Lime-flavoured beer, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. Turns out some brewers are becoming ever more crafty these days, and creating concoctions that are out this world. Here’s a mix that’ll get you hooked on weird beers from around the world.
La Calendula in Girona, Spain is a restaurant like no other — everything on the menu contains flowers, that includes the beer. The brew made in-house contains hibiscus, elderflower, and the flower for which the restaurant is named — calendula, or marigold.
Banana Split Beer
Thomas Creek Brewery out of Greenville, South Carolina offers up the decadent sounding Banana Split Chocolate Stout. Their website describes it as “Dark chocolaty stout with caramel, toffee and roasted malt flavours. Crisp and smooth with distinct banana overtones.” While sweet-tasting beers generally don’t fare too well (they are a bitter bunch those beer drinkers), it’s gotten a pretty respectable 84 out of 100 on BeerAdvocate.com.
A couple who live about an hour outside of Chicago, Illinois liked pizza and beer so much, they got the idea in their noggins to combine the two. And that’s how they came up with Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer. Each batch contains a full Margarita pizza, crushed into a mash and then steeped like a tea bag. The contents are then filtered and boiled before making their way into the final brew.
Smoked Bacon Beer
Hailing from arguably the world’s beer capital — Germany, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock (that’s a mouthful for sure), scores an astounding 99 out of 100 on RateBeer.com. Brewed only twice a year, it’s matured for months in ancient caves beneath the town of Bamberg, and from all accounts, it does indeed taste like smoked bacon.
Apple Pie Beer
There’s nothing quite as American as apple pie, so it makes sense that an American brewery would come up with an amber ale called Apple Pie Whole. Each batch is reputedly made with 40 whole apple pies. Yes, crust and all. I wonder if it goes well with ice cream?