Specialty Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Specialty Beer category has a wide range of unique and distinctive beers that do not fit neatly into other established categories. This broad grouping is intended for beers that present innovative brewing techniques, unusual fermentables, and unconventional ingredients or combinations thereof. The core characteristic of this category is the brewer's creativity and experimentation, which results in one-of-a-kind beer styles.

Within the Specialty Beer designation, examples can include historical recreations of old beer styles, hybrids of existing styles, beers with unconventional additives such as vegetables or spices, those made with unusual grain types or featuring atypical fermentation processes. It's distinct from other categories in that it serves as a catch-all for beverages that defy traditional classification due to their innovative characteristics – essentially serving as an incubator for new flavors and techniques within the craft beer scene.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
1.9 < 5.8 < 12.4 %


In Database
6 < 29 < 100 IBU


In Database
3 < 12 < 108 EBC
2 < 6 < 55 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
5.3 < 13.7 < 27.9 °P
1.021 < 1.056 < 1.121 OG

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