Pilsners, stouts, IPAs — it seems every craft brewery makes these. There are some truly delicious ones, but do you ever find yourself wishing you could just try something a bit more unique? If you're willing to branch out, more unique beers are out there. Here are four styles you should definitely try if you see them on a draft menu or being sold by the bottle.
Do you love Sour Patch Kids and other sour foods? Then, you'll probably love a gose. These beers, which are more colloquially known as sours, come from German culture and are becoming more common in the U.S. in the past few years. They are fermented with natural yeast, which tends to give them that naturally sour flavor. Beer makers often add fruit ingredients, like raspberries and cherries, to gose beers simply because fruitiness pairs well with the sourness.
This really unique Finnish style of beer has a distinct flavor that you might recognize if you drink a lot of gin and tonics. It's flavored not with the traditional hops, but with juniper twigs. Some sahti beers have a really strong juniper taste and may turn you off if you're not expecting it, so ease your way in with a milder one before you go for anything too wild. Other spice flavors, like cinnamon and cardamom, are common in sahti beers.
If you like sweeter beers, here's a good one for you to try. Faro is a Belgian style of beer that is traditionally sweetened with a type of corn sugar called candi. It often has hints of citrus flavor from orange and lemon peels, and it's certainly a good summery beer. Faro is almost always served on tap as it has a reputation for exploding when bottled, although modern pasteurization processes have made it possible for some craft brewers to bottle it successfully.
A true American style, this one is pretty common in the South. It's made with rye and corn, like pretty much everything else in Kentucky. You might get notes that remind you of bourbon, but the beer is pretty easy to drink and has a rich, brown color and mild tartness. Kentucky Common isn't fancy, but that's kind of the point.
Drinking craft beer should be fun and experimental, and if you're always on the lookout for new styles like these, you'll really expand your palate.