It’s been quite some time since we dipped our toe in the weird beer category, perhaps because we we’re still recovering from the last round. But as hard as we’ve tried to ignore it, the novelty beer market has continued to chug along, producing some truly wild beers.
Whether it’s beer that will light your mouth on fire, or beer that is so high in alcohol it’s hard to even consider it beer anymore, here are five more brews that push the boundaries of what makes an acceptable beer.
Brewmeister- Snake Venom
At 67.5% ABV, Snake Venom is officially the world’s strongest beer. This is not a beer that should be consumed all at once, and is in fact recommended at only 35ml’s per serving. Makes sense that only one bottle costs £49.99! If you can get past the intense alcohol, there is a sweet, nutty aroma, a fruity flavour and fiery, intense finish.
Evil Genius- Purple Monkey Dishwasher
Purple Monkey Dishwasher comes from Evil Genius Beer Co. and you make the call whether this recipe is evil or genius. Their year round American porter which is already laden with notes of chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, and molasses, is then taken it to the extreme by infusing it with natural chocolate and peanut butter. The final product could be likened to a candy bar in a bottle, or a monstrosity depending on your taste.
Oxbow- Saison dell’Aragosta
If you’re a fan of shellfish, lobster in particular, then you may be a fan of this beer. Saison dell’Aragosta is a seaside saison from Oxbow Brewing that is brewed with live Maine lobster and sea salt. It’s a collaboration with Birrificio del Ducato of Parma, Italy. The lobsters are cooked twice in the brewing process, giving the final product a bit of sweetness and some definite oceanic tang.
Twisted Pine- Ghost Face Killah
If pain is your thing, then why not seek out what is likely one of the hottest beers on the planet. Ghots Face Killah from Twisted Pine is a Wheat Ale dry-peppered with fresh Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeño, Serrano, habanero, and the infamous Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper. This will hurt…
Cellarmaker Brewing- Taco Hands
An annual Cinco de Mayo tradition for Cellarmaker, this is a collaboration between them and Tired Hands Brewing Co. This “strange & beautiful” beer is inspired by the post taco eating phenomenon when you incessantly scrub your hands yet they maintain that strong taco aroma. Brewed with tortilla chips in the mash, flaked maize, cumin, coriander, S&P, pasilla chiles, cilantro, lime, Citra & Motueka. DDH with GALAXY. Don’t worry it’s more IPA than taco.