It’s the weekend – and if you’re bored of your ‘usual’, it’s the perfect time to give one of these new beers we bet you’ve yet to try a whirl, from traditional stouts and chilli beer to crazy new flavours you’d never imagine (bacon and maple syrup beer, anyone?).
The Chocolate Beer
They call it: Black Eyed King Imp
What’s it all about? Black Eyed King Imp is one of the beers-with-a-difference made by BrewDog, who describe their beers as having “the characteristics of concoctions created by Dr. Frankenstein having afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter”. Sounds… interesting. This one has malt bill and cacao nibs as well as bitter espresso, and it has been locked away in barrels for two years to infuse. The result is an intense, sweet malty chocolate flavour. Only a very small batch was brewed, so it’s ultra-limited edition.
The Pumpkin Beer
They call it: Cigar City Good Gourd
What’s it all about? Okay, we know you’re still making the most of sunshine and beer gardens but let’s face it, those days are numbered. Autumn will be here before you know it, so make sure you’re ready for it by getting yourself a batch of these Halloween-ready ales bursting with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It’s made for autumn afternoons in front of the fire, or skip the pumpkin pie and have it as your Thanksgiving dessert.
Where can I get some? CigarCityBrewing.com (price TBC when this year’s seasonal batch is released)
The Star Trek Beer
They call it: Klingon Warnog Ale
Style: Danish rye beer
What’s it all about? Klingon Warnog Beer is the result of a colla-BEER-ation (sorry) between the Federation of Beer and the Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Company. It’s the first in a series of Star Trek themed alcoholic beverages to be released in the States. It’s a Roggen Dunkelweiss (a type of Danish rye beer) that’s said to “capture the warrior essence of the Klingon culture”. Fascinating…
Where can I get some? It’s only just beamed into the US, so you’ll have to watch out for its premiere launch parties known as “First Contact: Klingon Warnog”, kicking off in Evansville and Indianapolis on the 26th July. Watch out for a launch party near you at StarTrek.com.
The Bikini Beer
They call it: Bikini Beer
What’s it all about? It’s a self-confessed ‘sissy beer’ at 2.7% alcohol, and extremely drinkable. Made by gypsy brewer ‘Evil Twin Brewing’ from Denmark, famous for their weird and wonderful (and cleverly named) creations, it’s ideal for long summer afternoons, BBQs, festivals and camping trips. Donning the bikini is optional.
Where can I get some? LuekensLiqours.com ($11.99 for a 6 pack)
The Doughnut Bacon Maple Beer
They call it: Rogue and Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale
Style: Brown ale
What’s it all about? No, it’s not a joke— this really is a beer flavoured with hints of doughnut, aromas of sweet maple and spicy smoked bacon, the result of a collaboration between Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnut. A bit like a traditional American breakfast, except with booze. Don’t be put off by the Pepto-Bismol pink bottle; this is definitely worth a try. If our word’s not enough to convince you, it won Silver in the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards. So it’s official.
Where can I get some? Rogue.com ($13.00 a bottle)
The Morning After Beer
They call it: Budweiser and Clamato Chelado
Style: Pale lager
What’s it all about? This Chelado is basically a Bloody Mary with beer; the classic hair-of-the-dog combo of clamato juice (a mixture of clam and tomato juices, if you didn’t know) and Bud. The idea came from the Mexican tradition of mixing beer with lime, salt and hot sauce or salsa, and it’s become legendary as a miraculous hangover cure.
Where can I get some? M&D Fine Wines and Spirits at £19.99 for a case of 15 x 25oz.
The Wild Turkey Beer
They call it: Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
What’s it all about? Okay, don’t panic, it’s not actually a beer made from wild turkeys. That’s just the name of the Bourbon barrels that hold this luxurious stout for three months while it matures. It’s a dark stout with woody notes and aromas of toffee and espresso. The brewers recommend pairing it with beef sliders with caramelized onions or pulled pork tacos (we like the way they think).
The Chilli Beer
They call it: Matso’s Chilli Beer
Style: Craft beer
What’s it all about? Matso’s Chilli Beer is one of the hottest beers in the world, so if you like your pints with a bit of a kick, it’s definitely one to try. The legendary chilli used is rumoured to have magical brain-stimulating properties. I don’t know about that, but it’s surprisingly refreshing— get yourself a box, put some burgers on the BBQ and enjoy.
Where can I get some? Matsos.com (they also do mixed crates if you’re not sure you can handle that much spice)
The World’s Best Beer
They call it: Primator Weizenbier
Style: Bavarian Hefeweiss
What’s it all about? The winner of 2013’s World’s Best Wheat Beer hails from the Czech Republic and has notes of ripe banana, clove, bubblegum and candy to give a good balance of sweetness and bitterness with a spicy lingering finish. It’s no stranger to an award, having won Europe’s Best Grain-only Wheat Beer in 2011. If only the best will do, look no further…
Where can I get some? Laithwaites.co.uk for a bargainous £1.58 a bottle or 20 bottles for £31.50
The Perfect-for-You Beer
If none of the above take your fancy, find the beer that’s just right for you by using BeerViz. It asks you a couple of questions about the beers you know you like before presenting you with a plethora of alternatives to try. They’re organized by colour and family with lines connecting the ones that are similar by taste, aroma, appearance or overall (depending on which option you selected). If you’re not sure which beer is right for you, head over to BeerViz now to ‘discover beers, and say cheers!’
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