Sometimes I have a specific beer in mind, and sometimes I just like to grab whatever piques my interest. Recently I chose two of the most interesting - weird, if you will - beers I could find. While I was initially hesitant about my choices, selecting He'Brew Funky Jewbelation and Dogfish Head Kvasir turned out to be a good choice. And weird.

Sometimes I have a specific beer in mind, and sometimes I just like to grab whatever piques my interest. Recently I chose two of the most interesting - weird, if you will - beers I could find. While I was initially hesitant about my choices, selecting He'Brew Funky Jewbelation and Dogfish Head Kvasir turned out to be a good choice. And weird.

Always being on the hunt for new and interesting beers can become tiresome - and it's often fruitless. But the Funky Jewbelation and Kvasir proved to be both fresh and complex brews that're also worth recommending - and not just because each qualifies as an anomaly.

The Funky Jewbelation is one of He'Brew's limited-edition yearly releases that folks have become quite fond of. Combining six different ales and lagers and aging each in different barrels (bourbon and rye) for different periods of time sounds like about the craziest brewing idea I've heard of in quite some time.

What's even stranger than the Jewbelation's recipe is how it tastes, and changes. Initially the super group beer tastes sour, and like a mishmash of beers - which it is. Then, as your palette adjusts, the beer becomes quite pleasing and one can pull out the more complex flavors. It starts like a sour stout and finishes like a well-balanced Belgian, which aren't drastically different, but it's definitely a weird experience.

The Kvasir isn't as complex, or strangely evolving, as the Jewbelation, but it boasts its share of complexities. Part of Dogfish Head's Ancient Ale series, Kvasir has a history - too long to explain here - and is brewed with a handful of bog berries (lingonberries, cranberries), honey and birch syrup.

Think this would result in an overly sweet beer? Nope, the tart berries balance everything very nicely. Simply put, Kvasir is a fruit beer for those with discerning tastes; far superior to the monotony of grapefruit and peach brews on shelves currently.

If I had to choose a winner in this pairing, I'd give the slight edge to the Jewbelation because it just kept (pleasantly) surprising me. Both are recommended though - as is having your own weird beer throwdown.

[Jesse Tigges photo]