There’s the German purity law, and then there’s the anarchy of modern beer making – no ingredient is safe, no palate spared. If you like to go off the beaten beer track, here are nine options.
(South America or Dogfish Head, USA)
This traditional South American alcoholic beverage is made from maize that’s chewed, spat and collected to form a fermentable mash. Dogfish Head brewery staff contribute to the masticated corn base.
8. Shaved Black Truffle Beer – Moody Tongue, USA
For the beer drinker with deep pockets comes this funky, truffle-infused Pilsner designed to accompany, naturally, truffle dishes. Difficult to justify maybe, but if you’ve got it, flaunt it.
7. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen – Schlenkerla, Germany
It's not just modern ales that can take you to the weird side. Try this German smoked wheat beer for size. You’ll swear a smoked pig was liquefied – big, chewy and kind of challenging.
6. Snake Venom – Brewmeister, Scotland
Most beer comes in at around 5% alcohol. A big Belgian might come in at 9%. This packs a punch at 67% alcohol. No session ale, a single shot of the spirit-like brew should be enough.
5. Hvalur 2 – Brugghús Steðji, Iceland
This is a beer brewed with sheep-dung smoked whale’s testicles. There’s no other way to say it. It is apparently smoky and it’s unquestionably weird.
4. Chocolate Lobster – Dogfish Head, USA
This beer, which comes with a shellfish allergy warning, is not a traveler. Head to their home to experience the rich, velvety, oceanic pour.
3. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout – Wynkoop Brewing Company, USA
The oysters in question here are actually bull’s testicles. Let that sink in for a minute… just as the testicles did into the mash for this beer. This heavy-duty stout is on tap all-year-round.
2. Marrickville Pork Roll – Batch Brewing Co, Australia
Created in a suburb of Sydney known for a strong Vietnamese community, a Vietnamese Pork Roll complete with pork, coriander, carrot and chilli has lent its ingredients to this beer.
1. Kriek – Brouwerij Lindemans, Belgium
Take your Lambic beers up a notch with the addition of fruit. This classic cherry version is another entrant that has history on its side. It’s an acquired taste for some, tart and sour.
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