A (growing) list of the most creative, funny, and best craft beer names

Musicians, painters, and playwrights loved to title their work. Why should artisanal craft beer brewers be any different?

Exactly how do breweries come up with good beer names? Brewers face many choices when choosing a name for a new brew. Factors such as the type of beer matter greatly, as Springdale's Citrus Got Real would be quite an awkward beer name for an Irish Stout.

The Very Very Best Beer Name

Welcome to Worcester, $1.25

Worcester's Wormtown Brewery is brewing the Welcome to Worcester, $1.25 for the WooSox. Every beer sold will enact a $1.25 donation to a charitable organization designated by the team. No beer will ever be named better than the Welcome to Worcester, $1.25. None. Ever.

The fact that an amazing joke can be parlayed into charity is proof that humanity is alive. Well, that, and beer itself. Never change, Worcester. Never change.

Cool Beer Names

Tang (C.R.E.A.M. Ale)

Cash rules! 2 for 5s!

Gorham, Maine's Sebago Brewing Company nailed when they named their cream ale. It was a hard decision, as we considered giving this slot Flying Dreams for their Woo-Tang IPA, so named after the group and the city of Worcester itself, and to The Tap Brewing for their Enter the Bru-Tang Tangerine Session IPA. They just might have won if it weren't for the proper C.R.E.A.M. spelling.

Pour one out for ODB.

Creative Beer Names

Buzz Lightbeer (American Cream Ale)

"To Center Street & Beyond" claims the Center Street Brewing Company in Wallingford, CT. We didn't set out to feature two cream ales, it just happened organically. CSB also have a "Light Saber", but it's just so easy to add saber to light that we can't give them much credit.

UUUEEGGHH?!?!

MmmHops (Pale Ale)

That's gold, Jerry! Gold!

Outstanding work by the Hanson Brothers of Hanson Brothers Beer Company. Out. Standing.

Bravo for leveraging their late 90s hit song MmmBop into a beer. Maybe it's hard to call it creative, you know, since it was their song. Then again, it's a great beer name.

New Kids on the Bock (Maibock)

Topical, considering that the New Kids on the Block were from Boston.

Percival Brewing Company in Norwood, MA concocts this bock for your tasting pleasure. You'll need to be Hangin' Tough if you want to tackle more than a couple of these 8.1% ABV bevvies.

(Would have been cooler if the New Kids owned Percival like Hanson above)

Funny Beer Names

Citrus Got Real (Tart Ale)

This tart ale from Springdale Barrel Room is good. Real good. Citrus Got Real isn't so subtle that you have to stop and think about it. It's also not in your face like your dog when you get home from work.

Fraggle Bock (Doppelbock)

Drink your cares away! Working's for another day. The Portsmouth Brewery really hit a homer here.

Other Beer Names

Anything from Bone Up Brewing in Everett, MA

Bone Up Brewing consistently knocks it out of the park. With beer names like Extra Naked, To have and to hold (my beer), Madeline the Destroyer, FAO (Schwarzbier), and Super Jeff.

Puppers Beer series

Bone Up even have offers puppers beer, with a series dedicated to the dogs that have been in their lives. Suppose we should pour one out for ODB and the Bone Up dogs.

Themed beer names

Southington CT's Skygazer Brewing Company holds strong to its astronomical/astrological branding, brewing up the Lunar Flare, Reverse Cosmosis, and the Synastry SIPA.