(Highly) Experimental Craft Beer Style Trends Worthy Trying

October 4, 2014 10:07 PM

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In an earlier era, beer styles were pretty easy to understand. Stouts were dark and roasty, while lagers were light and crisp. But as craft brewing continues to grow, it seems like a new style is developed nearly every day. At Denver's Great American Beer Festival this year, there are 90 official categories (145 if you include sub-styles), many of which didn't exist a decade ago. That means you, American-Belgo-Style Ale and American-Style Sour Ale. But many of the festival's 3,500 beers, hailing from more than 700 breweries across the country, defy simple categorization. After several days spent wandering the sprawling festival floor and events around Denver, here are some of the more deliciously odd beers that are worth trying. The Avant-Garde IPAsAs the IPA continues to blaze a bitter path across the country, brewers have continued to create crazy new offshoots. Among the quirkier subsets, the coffee IPA shows particular promise. It partners a java-like jolt with a bitter bolt — morning meets night. Particularly excellent versions were Magic Hat's Hop Drip, Fate's Coffee IPA, and Adroit Theory's Zero. Also keep your eyes peeled for the wild IPAs. These have Brettanomyces yeast that creates a fruity, funky platform that lets citrusy hops sing loud and clear.

In an earlier era, beer styles were pretty easy to understand. Stouts were dark and roasty, while lagers were light and crisp. But as craft brewing continues to grow, it seems like a new style is developed nearly every day. At Denver's Great American Beer Festival this year, there are 90 official ca...

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