8 Unusual Beer Styles You Need to Know

Snap out of your IPA holding pattern with these awesomely odd brews.


Modern craft brewers tend to push forward, endlessly tweaking recipes and creating entirely new styles to distinguish themselves from the pack. But a small, nostalgic contingent of beermakers, bored with pale ales and porters, are looking backward for inspiration—way back, in fact.

In the quest for extreme, off-the-wall brewing, the resurrection of obscure—and previously defunct—styles has become an obsession all of its own for some brewers, who are whipping up ales more suited to a joust than a Jets game. Dogfish Head and Sam Adams were trailblazers when it comes to crate-digging for ancient recipes, but now plenty of others are dabbling with archaeological ales.

Here, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite throwback styles that, thanks to modern brewmasters with a taste for bygone beer, are once again available.

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