Off the beaten tap

By JOSH SMITH  |  June 21, 2011

But back to the oysters. Stouts and oysters have long been recognized as a natural pairing, so it was only a matter of time before brewers put them together for us. HARPOON ISLAND CREEK OYSTER STOUT, from their 100 Barrel Series, would certainly go well with oysters, but I wouldn't have noticed their presence but for a hint of salt in the middle of the flavor.

And if you think these beers sound odd, I still haven't gotten my hands on some of the most unusual creations. Like NECTAR ALES HUMBOLDT BROWN using toasted hemp, or PIZZA BEER COMPANY'S MAMMA MIA! PIZZA BEER that steeps an entire Margherita pizza in the brew! MIKKELLER takes the prize, however, for BEER GEEK BACON and BEER GEEK BRUNCH WEASEL, the latter using coffee beans made from the droppings of a civet cat — a Vietnamese weasel! Believe it or not, both are supposed to be excellent.

So don't be afraid. Beers that extend frontiers aren't only good for craft beer, they're often just plain good.

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