Here's a question for all you readers:
What do you consider the most "extreme"--oh, sorry, "EX-TRE-E-E-E-E-ME!!!!!!!!!!!!"--beer you can find in this region, or that I would have a prayer of finding or getting someone to bring/send me?
For this discussion, I am narrowing "extreme" to three categories:
1) High-Alcohol. The highest alcohol content without distillation or adding alcohol. Nominees include Sam Adams Utopias at 25+% (is it still for sale anywhere?), DuClaw Colossus at a reputed 23%, Dogfish Head 120-Minute IPA at 20%, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout at 18% (the original batch was reportedly 21-22%), and a couple out there around 17% (Mikkeller Black, Sam Adams Triple Bock, etc.)
2) Hops. I'm looking at a couple 100-IBU beers--Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Avery 13th Anniversary, Three Floyds Alpha King.............. and a 225-IBU beer to be named later.............
3) Crazy Ingredients. Let's see........ Dogfish has a TON of such insanity, including the probable winner, Pangaea with ingredients from all seven continents........ Flag Porter, with 1825-vintage yeast from a shipwreck...... Chiostro, and Italian beer with wormwood........ Avery 16th Anniverasary, with jasmine, peaches, and honey....
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