One of the cool things about craft beer is the freedom that brewers have to create pretty much whatever they want. This experimentation has led to many staples we enjoy today such as a coffee stout, apple ale, or even the spicy Habanero Sculpin.
Sometimes, these ideas get a little weird. That doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily bad, but they may raise some eyebrows. Who knows, someday these could be the new standard! Looking for something off-the-charts?
Check out a few of these weird beers pushing the boundaries of drinkers everywhere.
Snitz Creek Seltzer’s Smokehaus #7
Is there anything more local than Lebanon Bologna? I don’t ever want to live in an area where I can’t pop into the grocery store to get what I need for bologna roll ups. What better way to show local pride than by creating a beer with this Lebanon staple, right? Snitz Creek’s Seltzer’s Smokehaus #7 is a rauchbier that doesn’t actually contain bologna (you’re welcome vegetarians/vegans), the grains used are smoked in the Seltzer smoke-houses creating that same smoky flavor. You should be able to find it on tap around Harrisburg, and soon in bottles, too!
Rogue Beard Beer
The following information may gross some of you out. When beer is brewed, malted grain and hops are used first, and then it is fermented with yeast. In brewing, there are many types of yeast out available for use. Some use basic Belgian strands, some use souring strands like brettomyces, but Rogue took it even further by collecting yeast from their brewer’s beard. That’s right, random yeast that was collected from brewmaster John Maier’s beard, which he claims to not have shaved since 1978, was used to make this beer. So what’s it taste like? Well, I had no fear tasting this one at McGrath’s awhile back and found it to be a bit like a saison with just a little bit of funk to it.
Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer
In comparison to some of the other beers on this list, the idea of an adult root beer seems tame. I mean, we have vodka in every flavor under the sun and hard lemonade and tea, why wouldn’t we have adult sodas? When I get beered out, I go one of two directions: cider or mixed drink. With this, I don’t have to choose either, because it 100% tastes like I’m drinking a root beer I picked up at the Broad Street Market. Only, this has booze so win-win. You can usually find this on tap at Al’s of Hampden – how fun would a crowler be at your next party?
Dogfish Head Ta Henket
Four years ago I took my first trip to the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth and accidentally found myself drinking one of the four final glasses of their Egyptian brew Ta Henket. Dogfish Head had a short-lived show on A&E about brewing, and during an episode on the show they went to Egypt to investigate ancient beer recipes. They seriously had hieroglyphic translations it was awesome. While they were there, they picked up regional ingredients, including yeast strains collected next to a pyramid, to create this ancient ale. While I may have gotten one of the last glasses of the original batch, you can still get some of your own in bottles, when available. So what does it taste like? Pepperoni pizza combos. Yes, I’m serious. That’s exactly what it tastes like.