1. “Dead Rise” by Flying Dog
This bad boy is flavored with Old Bay Seasoning and has “citrus hop notes and a crisp, tart finish.” It’s only available May - September in the mid-Atlantic, so get it while you can.
2. “CoCoNut PorteR” by Maui Brewing Co.
This year-round staple from Hawaii’s Maui Brewing Company is “brewed with six varieties of malted barley, hops, and hand-toasted coconut.” There’s also a faint taste of coffee that will leave you feeling energized.
3. “Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer” by Pizza Beer Company
In order to get this quirky Italian flavor going, the first step in the brewing process is to put Margherita pizza into the mash and then steep it like a tea bag. The jury’s still out on the taste, but it apparently smells like a nice marinara sauce.
4. “Peach Porch Lounger” by New Belgium Brewery
Coming in with a high 9.4% ABV doesn’t stop the Peach Porch Lounger from being delicious. Its flavor is described as “pleasantly fruity” and has a “toffee sweet start and middle with a kick of warmth from all those sugars (molasses and malt!).”
5. “Crème Brûlee” by Southern Tier Brewing Company
Another high roller, the Crème Brûlee Imperial Stout comes with a 9.6% ABV label, but still retains a sweet, vanilla flavor. Rave reviews claim it tastes like drinking ice cream and that it’s a great dessert beer.
6. “Hemp Blonde Ale” by Bowen Island Brewing Co.
7. “Avocado Honey Ale” by Island Brewing Co.
So the Avocado Honey Ale isn’t actually made with straight mashed avocados. Island Brewing Company uses amber-colored, avocado-flavored honey that’s produced from bees that frequent avocado orchards. It’s apparently so good that it “literally has the taste of sunlight in every sip.”
8. “Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale” by Rogue
Rogue teamed up with another Oregon staple, Voodoo Doughnuts, to create some truly decadent brews. The Bacon Maple Ale is a little sweet, with hints of real bacon. A Chocolate, Peanut Butter Banana Ale, and Pretzel Raspberry Chocolate Ale are also available.
9. “Love Child No. 4” by Boulevard Brewing Co.
This ale includes everything but the kitchen sink. Boulevard Love Child No. 4 is a blend of “whiskey and wine barrel aged ales.” It’s then fermented with several different yeasts to give it a distinct flavor.
10. “Kelpie Seaweed Ale” by Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Brewed in Scotland, this kelp-a-fied spirit is a “rich dark chocolate ale, which has the aroma of a fresh Scottish sea breeze and a distinctive malty texture.” It’s definitely something you should try at least once.
11. “Garlic Beer” by the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wright
Although the smell of this beer is heavily laced with garlic, vampires of the world — fear not! The garlic taste doesn’t overwhelm the senses. It should, however, be on any garlic lover’s wish list.
12. “The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale” by Whistler Brewing Company
Hints of chipotle seasoning lend a tinge of heat to The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale. Bottom line is, this seasonal smoker from Whistler Brewing Company will leave you feeling fired up.
13. “Marooned on Hog Island” by 21st Amendment Brewery
Another beer that was only brewed once, the Marooned on Hog Island Stout had a chocolatey taste and was brewed with real oyster shells. Proving that you can make beer out of anything if you try hard enough.