Specialty Beer


Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 2.5 - 25%
  • IBU: 0 - 100
  • Color:   1 -   100 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.030 - 1.140
  • Final Gravity: 1.006 - 1.030

These beers are brewed using unusual fermentable sugars, grains and starches that contribute to alcohol content other than, or in addition to, malted barley. Nuts generally have some degree of fermentables and therefore appropriately classified in this category. The distinctive characters of these special ingredients should be evident either in the aroma, flavor or overall balance of t he beer, but not necessarily in overpowering quantities. For example, maple syrup or potatoes would be considered unusual. Rice, corn, or wheat are not considered unusual. Special ingredients must be listed when competing. A statement by the brewer explaining the special nature of the beer, ingredient(s) and achieved character is essential in order for fair assessment in competitions. If this beer is a classic style with some specialty ingredient(s), the brewer should also specify the classic style. Guidelines for competing: Spiced beers using unusual fermentables should be entered in the experimental category. Fruit beers using unusual fermentables should be entered in the fruit beer category.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.