For Time Out New York‘s annual beer issue, I drop some science on the strangest ingredients population beers sold in the city. From Sichuan peppercorns and matzo meal to wasp yeast, here are 10 of the most offbeat ales you’ll find this year. Cheers!
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My Current Top 5 Beers: Fall Edition
1) Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA: This riot of tropical fruit and citrus—thanks, Citra and Centennial—will have you rethinking just how good a red IPA can really be.
2) Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest: Referencing the California brewery’s roots in Paso Robles (Spanish for “Pass of The Oaks”), the easy-drinking fall seasonal—just bottled for the first time—offers hints of honey and an appealing bitter zap.
3) Hardywood The Great Return: One of the highlights from my recent trip to Richmond, Virginia, was this resinous West Coast–style IPA. It's grapefruit-y as all get-out.
4) Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro: Life's a gas (see what I did there?) for these Coloradans, who became the first craft brewery to can a nitro beer. Old Chub is a malty milkshake of awesome.