As the craft beer market gets more and more crowded, brewers have to pull all sorts of hijinks to stand out from the pack���throwing Mangalitsa pigs heads into the boil, for example, or fermenting with yeast harvested from a dude’s beard.

With all the exceptional offerings out there, it can sometimes feel silly to order a wacky ale that’s good for a laugh, but doesn’t satisfy down to the bottom of the pint glass. But if there’s one time of year to enjoy some offbeat brews, it’s Christmas. They’re great stocking stuffers; they’re more fun to share with non-beer geeks who aren’t going to get hyped about, say, an exceptionally well-balanced pale ale; and some of them are actually really, really tasty.

Here are some of our favorite offbeat brews to break out during the holiday season.

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