Fanatically innovative brewers around the globe are creating new beers with unorthodox ingredients and techniques. Here are the top brewtopias around the world.
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(Photo, left) The ultimate mecca for beer geeks. Brewer Jean-Pierre Van Roy experiments with wild yeasts and wine-beer hybrids.
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Port Brewing Co., San Marcos
Utilizes funky yeast strains.
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
(Photo, left) Known for high-alcohol “extreme” beers.
Ballast Point, San Diego
Works with radical barrel-aging techniques.
Alpine Beer Co., Alpine
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Oskar Blues, Lyons
First in the U.S. to sell craft beer in cans.
New Belgium, Fort Collins
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Yo-Ho Brewing Co., Karuizawa
Riffs on U.S. and British beer styles include an American-style golden pale ale called Yona Yona Ale.
Kiuchi Brewery, Ibaraki
Le Baladin, Piozzo
Piedmont’s rock-star brewer Teo Musso uses odd ingredients in beers like spicy Nora (made from ginger and myrhh). He hosts beer dinners at his hotel-restaurant, Casa Baladin.
Birrificio Italiano, Lurago Marinone
Nogne O, Grimstad
This Norse brewery produces high-malt, intensely hopped beers like the roasty, dark Imperial Stout. Its Dark Horizon is a small-batch, wacky hybrid stout made with English malt, Pacific Rim hops, Canadian yeast and Colombian coffee.