Beer should never be boring, and craft brewers the world over are determined to keep the beverage fun, funky, and surprising. Despite having such a long history behind it, beer has yet to devolve into the kinds of stagnation and predictability that might be expected of such an ancient libation.

In fact, there has probably never been a better time to be a beer drinker who appreciates novelty and innovation. Responsibly try any or all of the seven beers that follow and you will be impressed.

1. Sam ’76

Boston-based brewer Samuel Adams is a juggernaut of the American craft beer industry and was one of its pioneers. All the while, though, the brewery has retained plenty of the creative spirit that founder Jim Koch brought to the business so long ago.

As those who read more here will learn, this can be seen in Sam ’76, one of the company’s latest releases. The vast majority of beers on the market assign fermentation duties to either lager- or ale-style yeasts. Sam ’76 includes a bit of each, meaning that its wort ferments from both the top and the bottom.

That gives this distinctive, dry-hopped brew a special character that cannot be found in any other. Light enough for easy drinking, Sam ’76 in an unusual beer that every fan of the beverage should try.

2. Any Saison

Opportunistic yeasts are found virtually everywhere, so adding some to a vat of warm wort is not always necessary. For centuries, farmers in the French-speaking part of today’s Belgium have been letting wild yeasts feast on malty solutions they set up in area barns.

As might be expected, the Saison beers that result tend to be less predictable than those that rely on the fermentation work of lab-bred forms of yeast. As such, the only way to develop a feeling for the genre will always be to try at least a few different ones.

3. Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Heavy, highly alcoholic imperial stouts have been favorites among beer fans for many years. Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea gives the same treatment to porter, a less-popular relative of stout that is just as well suited to being amped up. Victory at Sea also includes a dose of cold-brewed coffee that rounds out its roasted flavors nicely.

4. Any Kriek Lambic

Germany might be Europe’s best-known beer maker, but its ancient Reinheitsgebot holds it back in certain ways. That has allowed Belgium to develop a more diverse beer culture that embraces ingredients other than water, grain, yeast, and hops. Try a cherry-infused, naturally fermented Belgian beer called a “kriek lambic” and you will see what all the fuss is about.

5. Voodoo Donut Maple Bacon Ale

Although it has not fared well with reviewers, Rogue’s Voodoo Donut Maple Bacon Ale deserves credit for thinking outside the box. Smoked malts blend well with maple syrup and bacon that are added late in the fermentation process.

6. Saturday Morning Cartoons Breakfast Cereal Stout

Brewers have been using sugary additions to bolster their creations for centuries, as with the sweet ales still being produced by Belgian monks. Saturday Morning Cartoons Breakfast Cereal Stout skips the confectioner’s sugar in favor of a fruity, pebble-shaped morning treat many will recognize.

7. Crime Chili Beer

San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company is infamous for adding more bitter hops than any other brewer would dare. Stone’s Crime Chili Beer does the same with capsaicin-heavy chili peppers, making for a blazing-hot quaff.

Many More Weird but Wonderful Brews to Try

With these being only seven of the many unusual brews that are worth trying, beer fans should never feel bored. Branch out even a bit from your favorites and you will discover that today’s brewers are both creative and capable.

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Hima Gandham

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