So you’ve mastered the basics of home-brewed beer, and you’re looking for the next adventure? Or perhaps you and your friends have all gotten into the home brewing business, and originality is now a matter of pride? Fear not; the options are endless! Here are a few ideas to get you started as you design unique beer varieties that are all your own:
Chocolate Beer: it has been done time and time again, and for good reason. Yummmmmmm.
Mustard Beer: it hasn’t been done often, if at all. But it could work so well (think the spice mustard, not the condiment).
Honey Beer: Along the lines of trying a chocolate beer, sometimes you just want something with slightly sweeter subtleties.
Fruit Beer: Banana beer has been done, and tastes good. This could be mixed with other fruits, like strawberries or blueberries, to create your signature brew!
Bacon Beer: because bacon just seems to work whenever it’s put in anything. If Bacon makes good cookies, why wouldn’t it make fantastic beer?
Huckleberry Beer: the tangy sweetness of huckleberries matches excellently with the hop flavor in beer.
Lemon Beer: lemon offers a bright note in a light beer to create a refreshing summer beverage.
Rose Beer: using either rose petals or rose hips is common in brewing teas to add a fragrant fore-and-after-taste. The same can be done with beer. This applies to many fragrant herbs as well.
Caramel Beer: another standard for the flavored beer brigade; if you make a standard well, it’s better than making something new but mediocre. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel! But if you want to:
BBQ beer: this is a beer that so far exists only in theory. Good luck and may it be tasty!
While mixing and matching these flavors be sure to use the rules of home brewing to avoid contamination and keep everything safe. Master the basics first, but remember they are only the beginning!
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