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
Oklahoma City brewery Stonecloud Brewing outdid themselves when naming this year-round bevvie. They might even sell kegs of it.
Czech Your Head (Czech Pilsner)
Proper Brewing Company coming out of Salt Lake City drops 16oz of B-Boys inspired goodness in a can.
L.L. Cool Haze (DIPA)
We hope this is the smooooothest imperial IPA in the game. Love what you've done here, Litherman's.
St. Patrick Hayze
Atlanta Brewing Company pays tribute to one of the greatest actors ever. This IPA is perfect for swilling in a Roadhouse.
Wu-Tang 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.
From Flying Dreams, so named after the group and the city of Worcester itself.
Enter the Bru-Tang Tangerine Session IPA
The Tap Brewing just might have beat out Sebago if it weren't for the proper C.R.E.A.M. spelling.
The Saga Continues
Even Newburyport's Riverwalk Brewing gets in on the Wu-Tang beer action, brewing up swarms of batches of The Saga Continues. 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.
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)
Martin House Brewing brews the Bockslider, an easy-drinking homage to Fort Worth's own, Toadies, a 90s band that had the hit single Backslider. They also crushed eardrums with Possum Kingdom.
Martin House brews the best maid pickle beer, in case you're wondering.
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.
Pickleodeon belongs to Foolproof Brewing in RI.
Turn Your Head and Coffee
Thank you, Smug Brewing for this fantasticly named rich & dark stout.
Frickin Hazer Beams (Pale Ale)
Roughtail Brewing Company brews this year round tip of the cap to Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame. The sabro hops give it strong notes of coconut and pineapple. The 5.5% abv give it a nice mid-range in alcohol content.
Crass beer names
Barnyard Pimps. Rek Lis Brewing out of NH gave us this one.
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.