Beer Nut: Craft beer names getting crazier every year –

There are so many craft beers these days that coming up with a unique name is getting harder by the day.

Many years ago, I did a column about interesting beer names, but back then there weren’t anywhere near the number of brews – or crazy names – as there are today. So I thought that this week we should look at some of the wackier ones. Keep in mind that some of these brews may no longer be around.

Starting with musical themes, Dunkel Breaking My Heart from Mission Brewery in San Diego is a great pun on the Elton John/Kiki Dee collaboration. Kent Falls Brewing in Connecticut gets a nod for its Air Guitar At Work While No One Is Watching Pale Ale. (Kent Falls also has some winners in the miscellaneous category with Some Vague Reassurance Everything’s Going to Be Alright, and IPA, and Walking Away In Slow Motion While The Car Explodes Behind You, a gose.)

Three Floyds Brewing in Indiana cleverly mashed up its name with an ’80s band to come up with FloyDivison, a single hop IPA. Oskar Blue’s Bolivia Newton John, a stout, doesn’t really make any sense, but is funny all the same. Another clever entry is Baby Got Bock from Horny Goat Brewing.

But my favorite of all the musical references is probably 2 Hop Shakur, a West Coast (of course) IPA from Fat Bottom Brewing.

As far as movie themes, Bruce Willis Was Dead The Whole Time from the Evil Genius Beer Co., is an IPA that should come with a spoiler alert. The folks over at Industrial Arts Brewing are clearly fans of “The Big Lebowski,” with two beers references catch phrases from the film: Prefered Nomenclature and Zesty Enterprise.

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