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8 Strange Beers to Shock the Bud Light Out of You
Msashable ^ | 9/10/2013 | Brie Hiramine

Posted on 09/11/2013 2:30:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When it's time for a beer, you probably have a few classic go-to brews. Rev up your tastebuds, because these offbeat beers are nothing like that.

Some pack an entire meal's flavors in a can or bottle; some are Fear Factor-level weird for consumption. But if you're in the mood to reconsider your old standbys, these adventurous brews offer an altogether unique experience.

SEE ALSO: 10 Weird Ice Cream Flavors to Terrify Your Taste Buds

Step away from the Bud Light, people. These suds are definitely not run-of-the-mill.

1. Avocado Ale by Angel City Brewery

Among other guacamole-inspired ingredients, this beer contains avocado and cilantro.

While the drink was invented for the Avocado Festival, this isn't the brewery's first foray into experimental brews. They've also dabbled in au jus-inspired beer and dill pickle-flavored beer.

2. Oyster Stout by 21st Amendment Brewery

Oyster-stout Brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells, this stout promises a "silky, salty finish." Hopefully, unlike the name, you'll never be marooned on Hog Island.

IMAGE: 21ST AMENDMENT BREWERY 3. Coconut Curry Hefeweizen by New Belgium Brewing

Coconut-curry-beer Undoubtedly, there's a lot going on in this beer -- and you'll probably still crave curry afterward.

The beverage is flavored with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek seed, ginger root, kaffir and lime leaf, with a hint of banana from the hefe yeast in which it's brewed.

IMAGE: NEW BELGIUM BREWING 4. Spirulina Wit Beer by Free Tail Brewing Co.

Spirulina-beer Yes, this beer is actually green, but it's still beer. And we're not talking Bud Light St. Patrick's Day food-coloring green either.

The fact that it's brewed with blue-green algae doesn't quite make it healthy. (Sorry.)

IMAGE: FREE TAIL BREWING CO. 5. Kelpie Seaweed Ale by Williams Bros Brew

Kelpie-seaweed-ale Kelpie Seaweed Ale is supposed to recapture the taste of traditional beers brewed in Scottish coastal alehouses. To do so, bladderwrack seaweed is mashed in with malted and roasted barley.

IMAGE: WILLIAM BROS BREW 6. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout by Wynkoop Brewing Company

Rocky-mt-oyster-stout-can-glass We're not repeating beers. While this brew goes by the name "oyster stout," it's actually brewed with something stranger: bull testicles.

Maybe just pretend you're on an episode of Fear Factor when drinking?

IMAGE: WYNKOOP BREWING COMPANY 7. Bacon Maple Ale by Rogue Ales

Bacon-maple-ale Rogue Ales collaborated with Portland fixture Voodoo Doughnuts to create this bacon maple doughnut-inspired beer, brewed from bacon and maple syrup.

IMAGE: MADE IN OREGON ROGUE ALES 8. Pizza Beer by Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer

Mamma-mia-pizza-beer Brewed with basil, oregano, tomato, garlic and, of course, pizza crust, this pizza-flavored beer considers itself the "World's First Culinary Beer."

We consider it one step closer to Willy Wonka's three-course meal gum becoming a reality.


TOPICS: Food; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: beer
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1 posted on 09/11/2013 2:30:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
There never was any Bud Light in me to begin with. Libel!

I have always favored a strong-tasting beer. Any party that had mostly Coors Light (beer-flavored soda, or is that soda-flavored beer?) was one that I skedaddled from . . .
2 posted on 09/11/2013 2:33:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway


MOO!
3 posted on 09/11/2013 2:37:05 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: nickcarraway
Well...its about time someone started a thread on decent beer on FR. It's been a dog's age.

Budweiser cannot be rightfully called 'beer'. By all rights, it's a malt beverage.

4 posted on 09/11/2013 2:38:55 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
it's a malt beverage.

I wouldn't go that far. Let's just say it's a liquid.

5 posted on 09/11/2013 2:43:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
it's a malt beverage.

I wouldn't go that far. Let's just say it's a liquid, that originates from a Belgian company.

6 posted on 09/11/2013 2:44:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Nice, but i’ll stick to my favorite, Guinness Extra Stout. I take a sixer of that to a party and nobody touches it. Unlike that bottle of Stoli came up mostly drained after I had one drink... RRRRRR.... ;)


7 posted on 09/11/2013 2:49:18 PM PDT by W. (Still workin' on it. Yet...)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“Budweiser cannot be rightfully called ‘beer’. By all rights, it’s a malt beverage.”

It’s a horrible, tasteless concoction brewed from rice. “Lite” beer doesn’t bear thinking about. I’ve never gotten the point of “lite” beer anyway.


8 posted on 09/11/2013 2:49:44 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: dljordan
I’ve never gotten the point of “lite” beer anyway.

To give fags something to drink.

9 posted on 09/11/2013 2:50:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
Those sound too exotic. How about a good old Budweiser--from Budweis?


10 posted on 09/11/2013 2:51:32 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: dljordan

Originally lite beers were a way to market pilsners (which are lighter in color and flavor to other lagers and ales) to an American public that wasn’t versed in the styles of beer. It even says so on the label. And there’s nothing wrong with a good pilsner... of course none of the America lite beers ARE good pilsners.


11 posted on 09/11/2013 2:55:38 PM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: dfwgator

“lite beer”

I tried unsuccessfully to find the cartoon of a guy taking a whiz in a urinal with the pee hitting the ceiling. The caption was, “Damn lite beer!”


12 posted on 09/11/2013 2:56:47 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: BigEdLB

Wynkoop Brewing. Ain’t that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Brew Pub in Denver LoDo?


13 posted on 09/11/2013 2:57:04 PM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: nickcarraway
Tell me if you can drink a six pack of these without doing something silly during the night (or morning.)


14 posted on 09/11/2013 2:58:14 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Olog-hai

Who remembers Schlitz Malt Liquor?

And its advertising campaigns?

Now THAT was a drink!


15 posted on 09/11/2013 2:59:00 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: discostu

Isn’t miller lite a pilsner?


16 posted on 09/11/2013 2:59:15 PM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: discostu

Nope. Pale lager, sorry.


17 posted on 09/11/2013 3:00:13 PM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: dljordan
I’ve never gotten the point of “lite” beer anyway.

I think the purpose was "Tastes Great, Less Filling".

Or maybe it was "Tasteless, Feels Great"?

18 posted on 09/11/2013 3:01:59 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: ez

Pilsner is a subset of pale lager. And the label says (or at least used to say) “True Pilsner Beer”.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 3:03:25 PM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: dljordan

I tried “lite” beer once. My impression of it was club soda with softer bubbles.


20 posted on 09/11/2013 3:14:47 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: dfwgator

You posted what I was thinking.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 3:16:10 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: nickcarraway; tx_eggman

I sampled a Skittles brew once at St. Arnold Brewing Company in Houston.

Master Brewers were sitting around just after Halloween eating the leftover candy, discussing what new flavors they should try...

It was slightly pink and tasted like... well, Skittles. Carbonated Skittles.

They never marketed it.


22 posted on 09/11/2013 3:17:05 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: SpinnerWebb

I saw someone drinking a micro-brew call “Wheedwhacker” or something


23 posted on 09/11/2013 3:18:27 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

21ST AMENDMENT BREWERY - he he, repealed prohibition.


24 posted on 09/11/2013 3:20:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: GeronL
Here


25 posted on 09/11/2013 3:23:27 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: nickcarraway

It’s like making love on the beach. I’ll let you fill in the rest. :)


26 posted on 09/11/2013 3:24:50 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: dfwgator

I thought that was what white zinfandel was for.


27 posted on 09/11/2013 3:25:19 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Fiji Hill

I’ve had the original Bud while in Germany, it was great!


28 posted on 09/11/2013 3:29:51 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Tupelo
Yep, the Wynkoop is Hick's brewpub. He got in on the ground floor of that trend. That was one of the first, if not the first, brewpubs in the city.

Let's hope last night's election results make him want to get in front of another trend . . .

29 posted on 09/11/2013 3:33:03 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: nickcarraway; Bloody Sam Roberts
it's a malt beverage.

I wouldn't go that far. Let's just say it's a liquid, that originates from a Belgian company horse.

I made a small, but important, change to your post.

30 posted on 09/11/2013 3:33:11 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: SpinnerWebb

lol


31 posted on 09/11/2013 3:33:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SpinnerWebb

A different spin on that is called ‘Lean’ or ‘drank’ made well known by one Trayvon Martin. I wonder if Anheuser Busch will consider it and name it Trayvon Juice


32 posted on 09/11/2013 3:34:52 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: dfwgator
it's not even in the periodic table...


33 posted on 09/11/2013 3:45:26 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess after a few bottles, you won’t give a crap what it’s brewed out of.


34 posted on 09/11/2013 3:47:12 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Chode
i take that back, it is, feh...
35 posted on 09/11/2013 3:47:13 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: discostu

I’m DJing at the club. I’ll order one and let u know. :)


36 posted on 09/11/2013 4:30:17 PM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: discostu

Few micro could produce the quality of Bud, and I’m a dark beer guy.

You can like it or not, but strictly speaking it is extremely high quality.

Interestingly enough, my Czech friends and family love Bud.

IMO, American beer flagships suffered from a lack of variety, which fostered derision.


37 posted on 09/11/2013 4:38:44 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: W.

I’m a Murphy’s girl when I can get it. Otherwise life looks better riding a Guiness draft and a shot of Bushmills. :-)


38 posted on 09/11/2013 4:55:11 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sorry the writer is a dolt. Anyone who doesn’t know what a rocky mountain oyster is deserves what they get


39 posted on 09/11/2013 5:22:44 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway; Baynative; All

http://beeradvocate.com/lists/top

I’ve had some tremendous beers lately, Pliny the Elder (#3), Kentucky Breakfast Stout (#4), Enjoy by 9/13 (#47), Oracle (not rated), and of course Hopslam (#16)

(courtesy ping, Baynative (Fat Tire) another good one)


40 posted on 09/11/2013 5:42:44 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Budweiser cannot be rightfully called ‘beer’. By all rights, it’s a malt beverage.

I had some brewery clients while living up north - none of the mass-market beers. I call Anheiser Busch products “beer filtered through Clydesdales.”
Plus A-B is awful stingy with hops.

Miller at one time had a Miller Red Label. That had a good hops bite to it for a lager/pilsner.


41 posted on 09/11/2013 5:53:07 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: PGalt

A friend and I were talking about beer the other day and we wondered what is the best beer to find that would bring back the very first taste of a sip we copped from our dad’s beer that was sitting on the table. We decided Falstaff or Regal Select, maybe Black Label would approximate the old can of beer that was opened with a puncture point can opener.


42 posted on 09/11/2013 8:19:44 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: nickcarraway

43 posted on 09/11/2013 8:26:03 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media. No Blood For Ego!)
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To: PGalt

I think I meant Lucky Lager instead of Falstaff.


44 posted on 09/11/2013 8:35:26 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: SampleMan

Bud gives me an instant hangover, it’s undrinkable rice pee. And it’s been getting worse, ever few years it gets lighter in color and flavor. The American beer flagships rose up at a time when the American food palette was terrible, we ate and drank some seriously nasty junk from around WWII through the 90s. The era of instant coffee, weak beer, and franchise restaurants. We still do to an extent but we’re getting better. Which is where the micro-brew revolution (and its equivalents in many other food groups) came from. Not sure what happened to finally make us realize our food was terrible, but I’m glad.


45 posted on 09/12/2013 8:14:01 AM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: discostu

Everyone has their opinion.

Not any unusual take on rice finishing, although purely subjective.

When it comes to comparisons to piss, that is a common estimation concerning the skunkiness of many of the ‘premium’ German and Czech beers. I’m not in the business of telling other people that they don’t know what tastes good to them.

When it comes to refined pallets, the beer drinkers of the late 19th century would greatly disagree with you, as they were moving away from what had been the common heavy beers, which they considered unrefined.

I’m also not sure what the value of judging other peoples tastes is. If they like it, they like it. Some people love Twinkies and are no less satisfied than a person eating a $12 piece of cake with a nice sour cream frosting, why should I care?

Like scotch, I like most beer recipes and dislike a few. Its more an issue of time and place for me than trying to determine an all around best. On a 95 degree afternoon, I’ll take a light beer over a stout, in fact, I would pass on my favorite stout altogether.


46 posted on 09/12/2013 8:50:58 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: discostu
Also FYI, what is likely giving you the headache is the yeast, not the rice finishing.

It is a bottom yeast, and bottom yeasts have that effect on some people. I used to get a nearly instant headache from drinking Bud myself. After not drinking any Bud for about 10 years, I discovered that it no longer has the same effect. I'm presuming it was me, not the beer, that changed.

I've had a few beers that are just gawd awful (to me) and tasted like they were spiked with formaldehyde (some places they were) or tasted metallic. I avoid those now like the plague.

I've also had some egregiously bad, amateur brewing, microbrewed beers. Many people fawn over any and all micros, which I suspect is more psychological than pallet related.

47 posted on 09/12/2013 9:00:47 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

It’s not just heaviness but overall flavor. Bud’s brewmeisters admit Bud has been steadily reducing the overall level of flavor. Beer can be flavorful without being heavy, that’s part of what the whole pale section (lager, or ale) is all about, summer beers that don’t land in your gut like lead but are still flavorful. Although the IPA revolution has kind of over corrected that worshiping bitter over other subtler flavors. Luckily I live close to Mexico and have a steady supply of less aggressive beers.

It’s not value judging other people’s tastes. It’s value judging a culture’s tastes. For a long time the American palette just stank, we managed to make McDonald’s and Denny’s the most successful restaurants in the world, there were issues. Nothing really shows the problem our palette had so much as instant coffee, nobody liked the stuff, and yet everybody drank it, instant sales were so high (especially once we got microwaves) regular drip coffee companies were going under. We got to a point where we were willing to eat and drink stuff we didn’t like for the sake of convenience almost to exclusion. That was the real sign of the problem with our palette, we knew what we were getting was bad, we didn’t even like it, but we bought so much of it better products were going under. Individual people should get what they want, but when a culture as a whole is buying mostly stuff they don’t even like there’s something very interesting, and probably not good, going on.

I can’t even drink the mainline American beers, they give me an instant hangover. Which is another sign of the serious lack of quality, there’s something unpleasant in a beer that gives me a headache half an hour after drinking one.


48 posted on 09/12/2013 9:14:51 AM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: nickcarraway
Want to taste some good beers?

Go here!

Tampa, Florida

49 posted on 09/12/2013 9:19:35 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SampleMan

It’s definitely not the bottom yeast. I can drink Sierra Nevadas just fine and they love them some bottom yeast. It’s probably not even the rice, which is really more a lame practice than anything else. It’s probably preservatives and other junk. I keep meaning to tag back up to the world of Bud now that Inbev took them over, wondering if they’ve gotten better. But there’s so much other beer out there I know is good I never get around to seeing if a known bad beer may have gotten better.

There are some definitely bad microbrews out there. But I respect them for trying new things. Even my favorite company, New Belgium, has a couple of stinkers, but I’ll always try a new one out of them because they hit more often than they miss.


50 posted on 09/12/2013 9:20:45 AM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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