Mamma Mia Pizza Beer
pizza: An entire margherita pizza steeps in each batch of Mamma Mia Pizza Beer; heavy garlic, basil and tomato notes means the beer tastes like a liquid slice.
Sriracha Hot Stout
Sriracha: One whiff of Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout will have you begging for a breakfast burrito, but expertly layered cocoa and scratchy chili prove this beer’s no gimmick.
mushrooms: Tart, lemony salt drives the supersoft Jester King Snorkel; button mushrooms in the brew ground the zing with smoky umami.
prickly pear: Cactus fruit reads almost strawberrylike in Shiner Prickly Pear, which goes down wonderfully dry and finishes clean.
Roasted Jalepeno Blueberry Porter
jalapeno & blueberry: Two Henrys Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter begins with bright berry sweetness before sharp, fiery peppers take over; cocoa keeps a tight leash.
Carver Sweet Potato
sweet potato: Sweet potato additions give the 5.5%-ABV Fullsteam Carver lager a delectable sweet potato pie aroma and quiet earthiness in the sip.
Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
peanut butter: Bitter roast is the only thing differentiating DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus from an actual peanut butter cup: The sip’s all crumbly peanut butter and cocoa swirls.
Grimm Action Adventure
sour & smoke: Technically a German-style lichtenhainer, the 5%-ABV Grimm Action Adventure marries zippy lactic tartness with wisps of cherrywood smoke.
pretzels: Brewers crush six pounds of sourdough pretzels into the tank for Martin House Pretzel Stout; their salt contrasts the beer’s rich chocolate and deep roast.
licorice: At once huge and refined, the 13.2%-ABV Uinta Labyrinth stout melds together earthy licorice, fresh-cut wood and boozy spice.
chai: Shockingly chuggable for a spice beer, Central Coast Chai Ale’s pillow- soft, 5%-ABV swallow blares cardamom yet finishes clean.
Banana Bread Beer
banana bread: Sugary, candylike banana leads each full swallow of Wells Banana Bread Beer, but walnut and vanilla follow close behind.
Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
bull testicles: Real bull testicles in the brew lend Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout dry, mineraly earthiness; the new bourbon-barrel-aged version ups the ante with boozy sweetness.
lychee & peppers: This odd couple makes deli- cious music together in Breakside Tropicalia: Floral, sweet lychee rides the sip, but capsaicin prickles the throat.
Peanut butter beer? Licorice beer? Beer brewed with whole pizzas? We braved the world’s strangest brews to find 15 bottles with bizzarro flavors that really shouldn’t work, but somehow really, really do.