In the past few years, we've seen some weird, wild stuff in the beer category. Maple Donut Bacon Ale, Redhook and Hilliard Joint Effort THC infused beer, and the completely disgusting and horrible idea coming from Wynkoop Brewing in the form of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. I'm all for innovation but I don't think I can get my head around this. (If you're not familiar with Rocky Mountain Oyster click here).
I predict we'll see lagers taking a new spin with herb infusion. We've seen plenty of herb infusions in the past, but I predict this year the garden spices will take a primary focus instead of the fruit flavors. Rosemary, Basil, & Cilantro will all make appearances in this year's frothy innovations and the next step in the evolution of cooking will use beer on a new level, not just beer can chicken.
Mobile Tasting Halls
This is an idea I've put quite a bit of thought into. Imagine being able to enjoy the beer tasting hall experience that you get with your local brewery but with beers from all over the country, or even world. The idea is a physical space that has all the equipment and resources to act as a beer hall and the only thing that changes is the brewery.
This idea gives breweries from all over the opportunity to run a tasting room for a period of time in the major centers. Ninkasi brewery can have a tasting room all to themselves in Vancouver, BC or Tree Brewing in Kelowna can bring their tasty concoctions to the up and coming city of Saskatoon.
A pint of Joe?
Coffee is one of the world's favorite beverages, and beer is certainly up there as well. I predict a combination of both. This isn't necessarily a new thing, but the past has seen brewers using dark roasted malts which presented a coffee-like flavor in stouts and dark ales. This year I'm thinking coffee first, beer second. Caffeine and alcohol can be a great combination if done safely and I think the coffee crazed North American culture is ready for a new spin on coffee-beer.
Additional Up and Coming Trends in Beer
Crowlers are the new Growlers
Drones Delivery Beer?
Let's see what the beer world brings us in 2017 - I personally would love to have a drone drop a frosty Crowler off at my front door.