While plenty of us are partial to a slightly-edgy IPA or American craft beer, for many, the most exotic beer we usually go for is called ‘Stella Artois’.
But amongst the traditional beers are more and more bizarre-flavoured ones popping up in pubs and beer shops across the world.
Ever had a bacon-flavoured beer, for example, or a banana-flavoured one? Or a beer that’s both?
To celebrate National Beer Day in the UK on Thursday 15 June, we’ve rounded up five weird and wonderful beer flavours from across the globe.
Having a cider-and-black will seem extremely tame once you’ve heard of these bizarrely-flavoured brews…
Pizza-flavoured beer (Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, 4.7%)
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Why have beer with your pizza, when you could have both in one bottle?
Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer calls itself the “world’s first culinary beer” and is made by physically putting a pizza into the beer mash during the brewing process.
2. Bacon and banana-flavoured beer (Smokey Bacon Banana, 5.6%, Mad Hatter)
If you want to try a beer that tastes a little like an American breakfast, but don’t know if you can commit, never fear – each 330ml bottle is £3.09.
Oh, and it’s vegan too.
3. Pastrami-flavoured beer (Pastrami Pils, 5.5%, Shmaltz Brewing)
Introducing Pastrami Pils! A colab beer we did exclusively with @barcade. It's going on tap tonight at their location in Jersey City, then on Saturday in Philadelphia. Followed by releases at the New Haven location on the 15th, Brooklyn on the 16th, and NYC on January 14th (National Pastrami Day). #craftbeer #pastrami #collaboration #bar #arcade
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Who knew there was such a demand for beers that taste like meat?
Shmaltz Brewing’s created a beer that tastes just like the smoked beef in celebration of National Pastrami Day in the US last year.
4. Avocado-flavoured beer (Avocado Ale, 4.5%, Angel City Brewery)
Got a chance to have an early sample of @angelcitybeer's avocado ale and learn about how it was made. I could easily crush a few of these. ???? You can be one of the first to try it out at their annual Avocado Fest at the brewery this Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm!
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Angel City Brewery describes this as a “light bodied, golden kolsch-style ale brewed with fresh California avocados giving it a refreshing and creamy finish”.
Not sure if two things even as wonderful as beer and avocados would work in harmony when it comes down to it but hell, we’d definitely try it.
5. Oreo-flavoured beer (Hornswoggler with Oreos, 7%, The Veil Brewing Co.)
This Tuesday January 24th will be the debut of Hornswoggler with Oreos! ???? That's right. You heard right. We took our 7% robust chocolate milk stout Hornswoggler and conditioned it on hundreds of pounds of Oreo cookies. If you like Oreo cookies, this is a must try. *THERE MAY BE SOME RESIDUAL FERMENTABLE SUGARS FROM THE COOKIES IN THE BEER. WE HIGHLY SUGGEST KEEPING THESE CANS AS COLD AS POSSIBLE AT ALL TIMES. WE ALSO SUGGEST CONSUMING THIS BEER AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE FOR THE MOST INTENSE OREO CHARACTER POSSIBLE.* Shooting for approx 55-80 cases. $17+tax/4-pack. 1x 4-pack per person. *CASES PACKAGED AND LIMITS SUBJECT TO CHANGE* We will also be hiding 5x Golden Tokens(seen in front of the can) underneath the 4-pack holders(only on Hornswoggler cans). Find one of these coins and give it to a staff member behind the bar to get a free Golden Hornswoggler glass(as seen in the picture in this post; the Hornswoggler himself is on the back side of the glass)! This is the ONLY way to get your hands on this glass. We will never sell this glass. It is only acquired if you are the lucky few to find a Golden Token. We hope you guys can make it for Tuesday January 24th's can release. Doors open at 4pm! ????????
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This stout was made with 100 pounds of crushed Oreos and is so cookie heavy that the brewery warns that “there may be some residual fermentable sugars from the cookies in the beer”.
So it’s essentially our favourite Oreo-and-milk combo in beer form.
Next time you pop to a pub and see a fruit-flavoured cider, you won’t bat an eyelid.