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Five out-there craft beer flavors

Sponsored by: Binny's Beverage Depot

Updated: July 22, 2014 2:43PM

The craft beer industry is proving that strange and delicious can coexist, as craft breweries earn accolades for their unpredictable and oftentimes bizarre flavor profiles. Craft brewers employ more than 14,000 people, according to IBISWorld, and with many experimenting daily with ingredients and flavors beyond barley and hops, this proliferation of delectable oddities is not surprising.

Here are five unusual flavors that actually work in craft beer. But buyers should beware, as some of these flavors may be in a limited supply:

1. Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate
Rogue Brewery's ode to the King of Rock and Roll is leaving traditional flavors all shook up. In a new spin on Elvis Presley's famed peanut butter and banana sandwiches, this brewery collaborated with Voodoo Donuts to create its sweet and strange Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale.

2. Coconut curry
The sweetness of coconut combined with the spicy flavor of curry and a hint of banana make up the bold and bizarre flavor profile of New Belgium Brewery's Coconut Curry Hefeweizen. A closer look reveals its unique blend of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper, leaving even more to love in this fearless brew.

3. S'mores
Many breweries are finding flavorful and fun inspiration on the dessert menu, and Pipeworks Brewing Company's S'more Money, S'more Problems is no exception. This Chicago brew's distinctive mix of chocolate, vanilla, graham crackers and puns reveals a beer with both style and substance.

4. Ginger peach
Cider is nothing new. According to Monarch Beverage Company, brewers have added fruit to beer for centuries to aid in fermentation. But as cider beers increase in popularity, variety is key in the growing market. Products such as Vander Mill's Ginger Peach Cider, which blends apples with peach and ginger juice for a spicy yet sweet cider, are disrupting the ordinary golden deliciousness.

5. Bacon
Bacon lovers everywhere can rejoice. Uncommon Brewers lived up to its name with its Bacon Brown Ale. A smoky, nutty brew, this beer proves strange and satisfying can coexist.

Feeling adventurous? Visit one of Binny's Beverage Depot's nearly 30 locations in the Greater Chicago area to take home a new brew, or you can call (708) 237-7660 to reach its new store in Evergreen Park.

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