We’ve had beer brewed with wasabi, some slabs of bacon, and other slightly strange ingredients before, but for this list, those additions weren’t bizarre enough. We wanted to share some of the most outlandish beer creations we’ve ever heard of. Brews that chuckle at minor oddities and little additions from the spice rack.
Bone Dusters Paleo Ale
The yeast used to create this beer was obtained by scraping the bones of a 35-million-year-old whale fossil. The creation was a team effort between Lost Rhino Brewing and Jason Osborne of Paleo Quest to craft, in essence, bone beer. The resulting brew takes on some fruity characteristics from the wild yeast. (via)
No stranger to odd brews, Dogfish Head brewed this one-off for the fall equinox. The recipe’s pièce de résistance is a little bit of moon dust. Pieces of meteorites were actually pulverized and steeped like tea in the malty brew for a truly out of this world beverage. (via)
We’ve had Beard Beer, and you’ll have to take our word for it that it’s much better than it’s about to sound. The brew from Rogue is made with yeast from Brewmaster John Maier’s beard. And while many brewers sport some facial hair, Maier has had his face sweater going strong since 1983 and it’s looked over some 15,000+ brews. (via)
Dock Street Walker
The guys at Dock Street Brewing Co. are fans of The Walking Dead. To celebrate the show, they brewed Walker—an American Pale Stout with … wait for it … smoked goat brains. The show-inspired addition adds a bit of smokiness to the creamy stout. (via)
Fenrir Nr. 26
This beer was crafted by the Icelandic brewery Borg Brugghús, and is described as a smoked West Coast-style IPA. Sound pretty straightforward? It’s not. The fire that’s burning to smoke the malts used in the beer just happens to be burning sheep shit, too. The idea was to introduce some earthy notes to balance the citrusy hops. We could have thought of other ways of doing that, but to each their own. (via)
The 45-Million-Year-Old Beer
We don’t know if the guys over at Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. have watched Jurassic Park too many times, but their 45-Million-Year-Old Beer sounds an awful lot like what went down on that fictional island. Using sap from the Eocene Epoch which hardened into amber around a fly, a team of scientist lead by Cal Poly professor Raul Cano was able to extract a yeast strain that could be used to craft some brews. The yeast imparts a fruity and slightly tart characteristic to the beer the brewery is making.
Mangalitsa Pig Porter
Using bacon in beer is one thing, using the pig’s head and bones in it is another. Right Brain did just that with Mangalitsa Pig Porter. The resulting beer had a savory ham taste that paired well with the chocolate malts used. Shudder all you want, the beer won gold at the Great American Beer Fest. (via)