Crazy craft beers you must try

Mar 30, 2010 at 3:18 p.m. ET

Beer comes in many different varieties and flavors but recently craft brews have gone way beyond pumpkin or blueberry to the realm of oyster or coffee. If you are up for a little taste bud adventure, try a few crazy and unique craft beers as part of your summer beer enjoyment.

Variety of Beers

Flying Fish Brewery Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout

Although this beer has no actual oyster taste, it is made from oysters which make it a rich and full stout. This particular oyster stout actually has a chocolate flavor with a hint of fruitiness. Oysters were once very popular as ingredients in stouts throughout the United Kingdom, so this beer is keeping with tradition, resulting in a delicious oyster-inspired version. Try this beer with raw oysters and you just may get a hint of oyster in the beer.

Peak Organic Pomegranate Wheat Ale

Brewed out of Portland, Maine, Peak Organic collaborates with local farmers and non-profit organizations for sustainable beers with unique flavors. Their pomegranate ale is a combination of organic pomegranate, acai, and coriander flavors which make for a slightly sweet beer, yet with less sweetness than most fruit flavored beers. This is quite refreshing on a hot day and pairs well with salads, appetizers, especially nibbles of fresh goat cheese, and lighter main courses.

Schlafly Coffee Stout

Brewed out of St. Louis, Missouri, this coffee stout is a mixture of Kaldi's Coffee and Schlafly Oatmeal Stout. It has a rich creaminess that can replace any iced coffee on a sweltering summer day. With a caramel sweetness and slight bitterness, the coffee stout has a very smooth and refreshing finish. This robust stout is just what you need for a morning pick me up (well maybe when paired with brunch on a Sunday) or works great when paired with desserts after dinner.

Flying Dog Brewery Dog Schwartz Smoked Double Lager

Your prayers have been answered! Two of your favorite things, beer and bacon have been combined, in a very unique way. This beer, made in the German Rauchbier (meaning smoked) style, has the faint taste of smoked meat, particularly bacon. It goes down smooth and has a slight chocolate and spice flavor. The beer's smokiness is the main attraction and is a nice accompaniment for barbecue or smoked cheeses.

Wells Banana Bread Beer

Made from real bananas, this beer actually has the flavor of banana and tastes much better than you may expect. It is crisp and refreshing and has the amazing aroma of freshly baked banana bread. Not as sweet as fruit beers can be, this beer actually has a hint of bitter flavor resulting in a nice balance. Of course, this banana flavored brew is great with freshly baked banana bread, desserts or fruit salads.

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