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Top 10 Weird Beers

Broaden Your Horizons With These Unique Brews

Beard Beer is made with a yeast created from Rogue Ales' Brewmaster John Maier's beard

The Best Weird Craft Beer Flavors

The craft beer renaissance has brought innovation and new styles never before imagined. It's also opened up our attitudes towards accepting non-traditional ingredients in our beer. In the not-too-distant past, 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 Purity Law of 1516. Now in the 21st century there are no limits on what a brewer can throw into his brew kettle. Today's beermeisters are crafty enough to transform pretty much any flavor into a palatable brew; their talents make an unusual ingredient shine while still producing a beverage with real beer characteristics. Enjoy the best of the world's most interesting beer creations made with weird flavors and un-beer-like ingredients such as coconut, curry, chili peppers, bull testicles and even one made with yeast cultivated from bacteria found in a brewmaster's beard. Here's to broadening your horizons to try new flavors and to the freedom to drink the beer you want to drink!

by Bob Barnes

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