In the craft beer world, trends move on quickly. With over 2000 breweries now competing for attention in the UK, the amount of delicious (and some not so) beers, ales and lagers available in supermarkets in British pubs has reached a ridiculous height. But what then, are some of the most interesting, absurd and downright weird craft beers available on the market today?
This socially conscious brewer is on a mission to change society, while making tasty beverages on the way. In 2016, Tristram Stuart decided that enough was enough when it came to society’s huge food waste problem. Fair enough, you might think – but he also had an idea to help fix it. By making beer.
Tristram decided to start collecting some of the 900,000 tonnes of bread wasted by the UK every year, brew some top-quality beer with it and then donate 100% of the profits to a food waste charity campaign group Feedback. Fast forward to 2018 and they now make a range of sustainable beers and ales – including session IPA Bloomin’ Lovely and craft lager Much Kneaded. Cheers!
Mr Twit’s Odious Ale
This one is a truly weird one, worthy of its progenitor’s legendary imagination. This beer’s story begins with the launch of a theatrical dining experience based on celebrated children’s author Roald Dahl’s famous book, The Twits.
As part of the occasion, Dalston based 40ft Brewery and prestigious caterer Bompass & Parr collaborated on a special beer. Made from yeast extracted from the Dahl’s personal writing chair. We told you it was weird! A spokesperson for Bompass & Parr said, ‘by incorporating wild yeast cultured from inside Roald Dahl’s writing chair in our beer to accompany Dinner at The Twits, it feels like we are injecting his own dark humour and effervescent sense of fun into the brew.’ Unfortunately, this limited run beer was never available at shops.
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Probably the least interesting drink on this list, but still kind of weird. Imagine brewing a beer, with oysters in it. That is essentially what this is. Apparently, oysters and beer go way back in Irish tradition. So much so, that Guinness once ran the tagline ‘Guinness and Oysters are Good for You.’ You can actually buy this one too, at the Porterhouse Brewery Bar in London’s Covent Garden.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale
Ok, so this one’s not actually from the UK. But we felt justified including it, since it was available on UK websites (now sold out) and is just so damn silly. Essentially, it combines the beloved individual elements of sweet dough treats, cured pig meat and beer.
How could it not be delicious? Well, apparently it isn’t that great actually. It has an average to below average rating on many beer review aggregators and forums. Which is a shame! Oh, and in case you didn’t guess, it’s brewed in America – by Rogue Ale from Oregon.