More than 500 years ago, German Beer Purity Law decreed that the world's favorite fermented beverage was to be made with only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. In recent years, however, the definition of a permissible beer ingredient has expanded somewhat, and brewers worldwide have branched out, throwing stuff in their beers ranging from the mildly unusual to the downright bizarre. From chilies to spices to sea life, these are the top ten beers that make you say, "Huh?"
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel 10.9% ABV
This imperial stout is brewed with Vietnamese caphe cut chon coffee beans, made from the droppings of weasel-like civet cats, which purportedly eat only the best and ripest coffee berries. After enzymes in the cats' digestive systems break down the beans, workers scour the ground to collect the droppings for use in your morning Joe. Despite these inauspicious origins, the resulting beer is a creamy, pungent coffee stout that's good to the last dropping.
Porterhouse Oyster Stout 4.8% ABV
This beer's an Irish dry stout, a la Guinness, with the added aspect of having been brewed with fresh oysters. It's a smooth, aromatic stout with the discernable yet hard-to-identify flavor of bivalves that must be enticing to some, as it won a gold medal in Belfast 1997.It is, however, not suitable for vegetarians.
Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer 4.2% ABV
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