Pickle Beer Joins The Growing List Of Unexpected Pickle Creations

Pickles are so hot right now!

You can now find this humble sandwich topper in fruit punch flavor (aka “Tropickles“) and as in soda form. There’s even a whole restaurant dedicated to pickles in New York City. And now you can add dill pickle beer to the ever-growing list of pickle concoctions gaining attention nationwide.

While not the first to brew a pickle beerBarley John’s Brewery out of New Brighton, Minn. is causing a buzz after debuting a beer dry-hopped with fresh dill, horseradish and spices.

Dubbed simply “Dill Pickle Ale,” it was served last month at the Minnesota State Fair, garnished with a small dill pickle and piece of dill cheese.


“The Dill Pickle Ale base is our year-round Little Barley Session Ale,” John Moore, owner of Barley John’s told TODAY Food over email. “Giggles Campfire Grill asked us to make a dill pickle beer for the state fair. A few weeks of recipe work brought us to the Little Barley dry-hopped with dill, horseradish and spices.”

Although Moore was originally skeptical of the request, he was determined to make a beer that was drinkable and not overpowered with the strong taste of dill. He says the result is a tasty ale with a subtle dill flavor. Apparently, it is so tasty that the brewery is considering the idea of rolling out the beer beyond the limited run for the fair.

However, if pickles just aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other unique food-inspired beers out there. Take, for example, Texas-based The Collective Brewing Project’s Cup-O-Beer, brewed with 55 pounds of ramen noodles.


If you have more of a sweet tooth, then you’ll go gaga for Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerilla, inspired by Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut’s Grape Ape doughnut, which features vanilla frosting “grape dust” and vanilla sprinkles.

Would you try drinking pickle-flavored beer if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments!

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