Five shockingly strange ingredients in beer

Though many people like beer, most don’t really know what’s in it. While beer is mostly made from water, yeast, barley and hops, there are some beers that are crafted with other ingredients like fruit, sugar or even lactose to make incredibly fine tasting beers.

Every now and then, a brewery will create a beer with what many would consider an odd or strange ingredient. For your consideration, below are five of the strangest ingredients in beer.


Gold is one of the most popular materials in the world and has been for hundreds of years. Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world. So why would it be a surprise that someone put the two together?

Beers made with gold: Gordon Finest Gold 24 and Golden Queen Bee.

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Personally, I like mushrooms on everything from pizza to steak. I can say with a good amount of certainty that when I find them in my beer I’m not as enthused.

Beers made with mushrooms: Jester King Snörkel and Tröegs Brewery Mushroom Ale.

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Interestingly enough, one of the most tasteless vegetables has made it into a few different beers. While cucumbers are used to enhance the flavor of water, they do something a little different when made into beer.

Beers made with cucumbers: Cigar City Brewing Cucumber Saison, Trinity Brewing Company Elektrik Cukumbahh and Wild Beer Co. Cool as a Cucumber.

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Surprisingly, there are a lot of beers made with chili peppers. To me, these are the least pleasing types of beer and I usually avoid them, as I don’t like my beers spicy. I can honestly say that it’s been the only time that I could not finish a beer because of its taste.

Beers made with chilies: Stone Brewing Co. Crime, Stone Brewing Co. Punishment, Twisted Pine Brewing Company Ghost Face Killah and Rogue Ales Chipotle Ale.

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Ones of the more popular styles of stouts are known as oyster stouts. It is unclear exactly how this beer came to be. There are stories that the beer was originally made with oysters, and there are some stories that say these types of stouts pair well with oysters. Either way, you can now find some of these dark drinks made with these popular mollusks.

Beers made with oysters: Porterhouse Oyster Stout, Flying Dog Pearl Necklace and Fordham Brewing Company Rosie Parks Oyster Stout.

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What beers on this list would you be willing to try? Comment below and let me know.



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