Specialty Beer

Specialty Beer - Style 23 as defined by the BJCP Style Guidelines


This is explicitly a catch-all category for any beer that does not fit into an existing style category. No beer is ever “out of style” in this category, unless it fits elsewhere.


The category is intended for any type of beer, including the following techniques or ingredients:


- Unusual techniques (e.g., steinbier, ice/eis beers)

  • - Unusual fermentables (e.g., maple syrup, honey, molasses, sorghum)
  • - Unusual adjuncts (e.g., oats, rye, buckwheat, potatoes)
  • - Combinations of other style categories (e.g., India Brown Ale, fruit-and-spice beers, smoked spiced beers)
  • - Out-of-style variations of existing styles (e.g., low alcohol versions of other styles, extra-hoppy beers, “imperial” strength beers)
  • - Historical, traditional or indigenous beers (e.g., Louvain Peetermann, Sahti, vatted Porter with Brettanomyces, Colonial Spruce or Juniper beers, Kvass, Grätzer)
  • - American-style interpretations of European styles (e.g., hoppier, stronger, or ale versions of lagers) or other variants of traditional styles
  • - Clones of specific commercial beers that aren’t good representations of existing styles
  • - Any experimental beer that a brewer creates, including any beer that simply does not evaluate well against existing style definitions