Best Weird Beers

Broaden Your Horizons With These Unique Brews

By Bob Barnes

Up until the latter part of the 20th century, brewers followed the rules and adhered to their countries' traditional beer styles. It was considered taboo to brew with anything other than water, hops, malt and yeast. In fact, this was the law of the land according to Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Purity Law of 1516. When the American craft brewing renaissance finally sprouted in the 1990s, beer drinkers were ready for a little adventure in their ales. Today, breweries continue to take their beers in exciting new directions, experimenting with previously unheard-of ingredients. With GAYOT's Top 10 Weird Beers, we explore some of the strange but delightful offerings made with wacky add-ins such as bacon, caramel, chili peppers, bull testicles and even yeast cultivated from a brewmaster's beard. Here's to broadening your horizons and celebrating the diversity of modern beer!