12 Flavored Beers That Shouldn't Exist

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These breweries may have taken it too far

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Over the past five years, fusion foods and drinks have gotten completely out of control. The concept of fusion food no longer stops at fast food menus or one-of-a-kind bakery combinations like the cronut that  you can only get in certain cities. The everything-has-to-be everything-else fad has now taken over even the simplest, most everyman of products: beer.

If you’re not into these sorts of things and you’re content with sipping on your classic can of Budweiser, so be it. In fact, you may be smarter than you realize, because we believe that the food-fusion trend has created an overabundance of flavor ideas that are well, flat-out fails. Call these fusion beers call them creative, call them original — whatever you call them, it doesn’t mean they were good ideas, or that they even taste good!

Using sweets and spices in drinks is relatively normal. But when breweries turn food flavors into drinks, things can start to get strange. Take beers flavored with avocado, coconut curry, ice cream, and ham for example. There are some flavors that are excellent as foods that just aren’t meant to be beers.

If you’re an adventurous food- and drink-fusion fanatic read on for a roundup of some of the weirdest beer flavors around. Do they taste good? You can be the judge, but some of these beers are so strange, they should probably just shouldn’t exist.

12 Flavored Beers That Shouldn't Exist

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Over the past five years, fusion foods and drinks have gotten completely out of control. The concept of fusion food no longer stops at fast food menus or one-of-a-kind bakery combinations like the cronut that  you can only get in certain cities. The everything-has-to-be everything-else fad has now taken over even the simplest, most everyman of products: beer.

If you’re not into these sorts of things and you’re content with sipping on your classic can of Budweiser, so be it. In fact, you may be smarter than you realize, because we believe that the food-fusion trend has created an overabundance of flavor ideas that are well, flat-out fails. Call these fusion beers call them creative, call them original — whatever you call them, it doesn’t mean they were good ideas, or that they even taste good!

Using sweets and spices in drinks is relatively normal. But when breweries turn food flavors into drinks, things can start to get strange. Take beers flavored with avocado, coconut curry, ice cream, and ham for example. There are some flavors that are excellent as foods that just aren’t meant to be beers.

If you’re an adventurous food- and drink-fusion fanatic read on for a roundup of some of the weirdest beer flavors around. Do they taste good? You can be the judge, but some of these beers are so strange, they should probably just shouldn’t exist.

Avocado Honey Ale: Island Brewing Company

Whether they’re on a sandwich, in guacamole, or in a smoothie, avocados can be enjoyed in many ways. But just because they taste delicious and are good for you doesn’t mean they should be turned into beer. Avocados belong on bread or with chips — they shouldn’t get you tipsy. Obviously it isn’t the way Island Brewing Co. makes their Avocado Honey Ale, but take a moment and picture someone trying to squeeze an avocado into a beer bottle. Doesn’t it make you cringe?

Banana Bread Beer: Charles Wells Brewing Co.

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Charles Wells Brewing Co. was probably trying to jump on the “fall flavor” or “winter flavor” train with their Banana Bread Beer. Yes, it’s the perfect treat to indulge in after a big dinner, but why would you want to sip on it during a meal. Sorry, banana bread, maybe next time.

Banana Split Chocolate Stout: Thomas Creek Beer

What’s up with this banana obsession, beer? Okay, we all love to treat ourselves to a banana split or a beer every once and a while, but combining them is just silly. Also, we’re a little hesitant to believe that beer and dairy would taste good together. When we think of a food and beer pairing, we picture a pitcher of beer with a pizza or a hamburger. The only dairy we’ll consider pairing with our beer is cheese — and that’s on our burger, not in our mug.

Beard Beer: Rogue

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Yes, you read that right, and it’s referring to exactly what it sounds like — the beard on a person’s face. This strange brew is made with beard yeast. That’s all we’re going to say.

Coconut Curry Hefeweizen: New Belgium Brewery

Beer is often paired with spicy food because it balances out the heat. Having a beer with a curry dish is totally acceptable — in fact, it’s quite tasty. But curry in your beer? That’s just weird.

Fire in the Ham: Jack’s Abby

Jack’s Abby is trying to cater to the crazy carnivores out there – we get that. And considering hamburgers and beer taste so good together this could be a great idea in theory. But turning meat into an actual beer is going overboard.

Fuego Jalapeño: Tex Mex Beer

Jalapeño? What is this, a Mexican fiesta? If so, put away the chile-infused beer and just order a good, old-fashioned michelada.

Key Lime Pie: Shorts Brewing Company

Key lime pie is delicious, but Key lime pie beer? We’re skeptical. A slice of pie calls for a glass of milk or a cup of coffee, not a cold brewsky.

Vodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffron Crueller Ale: Rogue

We feel the same way about lemon doughnut-flavored beer as we do about pie-flavored beer. Doughnuts are so good that they should only be enjoyed on their own. Why fix something that’s not broken?

Oyster Stout: Porterhouse Brewing Company

When we first discovered this beer flavor, we were wary. Many people already think that oysters are an acquired taste, one usually accompanied by a slimy texture, and we can’t quite imagine why anyone would want to taste them in liquid form. Nevertheless, Oyster Stout is one of Porterhouse Brewing Company’s best-selling stouts, so it may be worth a try.

Pizza Beer: Mama Mia!

Think about it this way: Would you drink a cheese-flavored liquid? Yeah, that’s what we thought. When you turn pizza into beer, that’s close to what you’re creating. We see where Mama Mia! was going, but we eat our pizza by the slice.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout: Wynkoop Brewing Company

Yes, we already featured an oyster-flavored brew, but this isn’t that kind of oyster. The oyster in this brew is the “Rocky Mountain” kind: bulls’ testicles. You’ve been warned.

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