Weirdest beer you may want (or not) to try
Bogstandard beer getting you down? Some brewers seem to think so, because for a while now they’ve been adding all sorts of weird and wonderful flavours to their basic product to cater for customers with jaded palates who are looking for new beer-based taste sensations. Usually, though, if you look on the label of any of these strange new brews, you’ll see the word ‘beer’ there. Somewhere.
For those who think that beer and pizza go together like… well, beer and pizza, there is a beer on the market with oregano, tomato, basil and garlic added to the recipe. And those who’ve tried it really do think it tastes like pizza, although not quite so chewy.
If you’re a meat eater, may I suggest beef beer? You can’t order it rare or well done – or anywhere in between – but with ginger, nutmeg, black pepper and grilled beef hearts giving it its unique flavour, you really ought not to confuse it with beer for dogs that’s just steak flavoured. And no, I couldn’t make this one up: there really is such a thing.
If meat isn’t exactly your cup of tea (or glass of beer) then something a little more vegetarian-oriented might be just what you’re looking for. Something like East African banana beer, perhaps, where the bananas have been ripened in a hole in the ground to give it that satisfying banana taste.
And for dessert, after your pizza, beef or banana beer there’s always a most refreshing glass of chocolate donut beer. Not chocolate beer, but chocolate doughnut beer. How they add that donut taste, I can’t tell you, especially since Shenandoah Brewery in Virginia used to produce plain chocolate beer without that distinctive donut aroma but they now seem to have stopped doing that now – perhaps down to low demand?
If you think those beers are slightly off the wall, then there’s always corn beer: there’s nothing wrong with the way it tastes, but it’s the way that it’s brewed that makes it stand out from your ordinary pub pint. Instead of being created in great big factories, this beer is made by cheering up maize, spitting it out and adding it to the brew. How many people would really want to try this, I wouldn’t know… but I expect more people would if they didn’t know how it was produced.
Now, don’t forget that beer is also about taste. To truly enjoy a nice pint, publicans and licensees need to maintain clean lines in their premises. An excellent method of doing this is to set up an automated beer line cleaning system. CellarBright’s line cleaning systems can be found throughout Britain, and they help keep beer tasting wonderfully fresh, with the minimum of fuss and cost.