Listen up, beer geeks. Craft beer got a little weird in 2021. Anyone who spent time perusing the Tavour app last year is probably aware. If you don’t know, Tavour is craft beer sales and delivery service, and these beer scouts dig up some of the most unusual brews in the craft world from the nation’s most talented brewers — like New York’s Evil Twin, Ohio’s Listermann and North Dakota’s Drekker — so their members can taste truly unique suds delivered straight to their homes. As we move into the new year, Tavour’s looking back at some of the wackiest treasures they featured over the past 12 months. Here’s a quick sample of the most unusual flavors and bizarre brews on the beer retailer’s app recently!
After School Prrrrt – Fruited Sour Ale from Drekker Brewing Co.
If you could distill childhood memories and put them in a can, it would probably taste just like this beer. Drekker’s outrageously talented, boundary-pushing brewers loaded more than 100 lbs of Fruit by the Foot and Gushers candies into each batch of their After School Prrrt Fruited Sour!
Then they took things a step further, cramming in 1,800 lbs of passionfruit, pineapple, plums, strawberries, and raspberries with the sour candy. Finally, they rounded it all out with a creamy dose of lactose, sea salt, and vanilla beans. When we tell you this sipper will make you a little nostalgic, we mean it.
The Beer That Refreshes – Sour Ale from Evil Twin Brewing NYC
Only the obsessively experimental brewers at Evil Twin could make a cola-flavored beer and then think, “that’s not quite unique enough. What if we add cinnamon and marshmallows?” To be clear, this is not a hypothetical. It’s The Beer that Refreshes, and we’ve never tasted anything quite like it! It’s like a bakery-spiced Vanilla Coke, spiked with a dash of booze.
Lovers of all things brunch, raise your glasses! The creative masterminds at Ohio’s Listermann Brewing and Georgia’s Pontoon Brewing stuffed this brunch-inspired Pastry Stout with sweet bananas, vanilla, maple syrup, spices, lactose — and, get this — REAL pancake mix, hazelnuts, and Nutella. Every silky sip tastes just like a stack of classic banana pancakes, with an extra layer of choco-nutty decadence.
At first glance, this barrel aged Saison doesn’t seem that odd. But when you sip it, there’s an unexpected honey-sweetness, and ever-so-slight mineralty. A dry, earthy character that’s delicious, but hard to place. Spoiler: It comes from kelp! That’s right, it’s a seaweed-infused sipper! Is that weird enough for you?
Rainbow Smiggles Fruited Berliner Weisse from Pontoon Brewing Company
Pontoon calls this beer their most famous to date. Curious to know why? They stuff it with over 100 lbs of Trix Cereal and 500 lbs of Skittles! Vamped up with 3 lbs per gallon of juicy strawberries and pineapples, vanilla and lactose, it’s got craft fans’ inner kids cartwheeling with excitement. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience!
Plenty of other unique brews landed on Tavour in 2021, but these are a few of our favorites. If you’re an adventurous beer fan, download the Tavour app and stay tuned, because American craft is poised to get even weirder in 2022. And, we’ll be right there to taste every drop!