U is for Unique
It could be the perfect combination of unlikely hops, a secret ingredient, or a re-imagining of a favourite style. Sometimes it’s impossible to put your finger on, but you know it when you taste it. There’s something about a beer, something unique, that makes it stand out in a market flooded with copycats.
We don’t want to be like everybody else, and we admire that spirit of the explorer in others – local and international. It’s not easy to step outside of the safe zone, but the rewards can be astounding.
Below, we’ve laid out three of the most unique beers produced by breweries from around the world.
1. Rogue Voodoo Donut Maple Bacon Ale – It’s no shocker that Rogue would end up with at least one beer in our top three. Well known for their odd offerings, the Voodoo series is probably the most recognisable, and the Maple Bacon Ale is arguably their most palatable. Are you going to knock down an entire bottle by yourself? Probably not. But it does pair well with bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and is a great conversation started at your next beer night. Perhaps it’s odd for the sake of odd, but it’s unique
“Bacon Maple Ale is a rich amber color with a big aroma of sweet maple, balanced by the spicy flavor of smoked bacon.”
2. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn is a name which has become synonymous with quality. We first tasted their Sorachi Ace back in 2012. It was one of the beers that fueled our desire to introduce South Africa to the saison style. Brooklyn has helped revive this unique Japanese hop, adding it to this beer just 1 year after it popped up on a small farm in Washington State in 2008.
“Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale with a wonderfully clean malt flavor and our hero, the quirky Sorachi Ace hop, standing front and center. Dry-hopping releases Sorachi Ace’s bright, spicy aromatics to tickle the nose before ascending into a fine harmony between pilsner malt and playful Belgian yeast.”
3. Caldera Hop Hash – Though the beer isn’t as far out as it sounds, Hop Has from Caldera Brewing is very unique! Instead of using whole hops or hop pellets in the brewing process, compacted lupulin was utilised. Lupulin is actually the glandular hairs on hops. Normally tossed, Caldera decided it would be cool to use them as the sole hopping agent in a beer. Meet Hop Hash.
“Caldera’s Hop Hash was made for the 2011 Oregon Brewers Festival. This beer uses non-traditional hopping techniques, as pure, compacted, lupulin hashlike chunks are used in the brew.”
Tasting unique beers is one of the best ways to spark creativity and imagination. What would you like to see next from #DPBC?