• We have a new forum and it needs your help! Homebrewing Deals is a forum to post whatever deals and specials you find that other homebrewers might value! Includes coupon layering, Craigslist finds, eBay finds, Amazon specials, etc.

Worst Craft Beer Of ALL-TIME!

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

jack13

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
May 31, 2016
Messages
2,077
Reaction score
3,472
Location
Delaware, United States of America
FWIW I've heard it pronounced trip-uhl about 1,000 times and tripe-uhl 1 time, and that was in your video. Yeah, I don't like it either. Buddy of mine loves it, though. My least favorite beer that most people like is Dogfish 60 minute.
 

RPh_Guy

Bringing Sour Back
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
8,767
Reaction score
7,227
Location
Cleveland
Entertaining video! I like golden monkey and also use it to make beer cheese.

FWIW I've heard it pronounced trip-uhl about 1,000 times and tripe-uhl 1 time, and that was in your video.
Youtubers just troll for people to post comments because it increases their revenue or search rank or something.
 

VirginiaHops1

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 25, 2018
Messages
861
Reaction score
493
Location
Vienna, Va
By far the worst is Costco brand variety pack case of beer....The only case of beer I've ever thrown away. Undrinkable
Undrinkable is a stretch, but it's mediocre at best. I've gotten it for parties before when I wanted a lot of relatively inexpensive beer.

I am completely baffled as to why you would consider them craft beer though. Just because their packaging says so doesn't make it so.
 

iamwhatiseem

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Mar 16, 2013
Messages
421
Reaction score
207
Hands down the worst craft beer I have ever had was Stone Mocha IPA.
Super rare do i buy a bomber and take one or two drinks and literally pour the whole thing out.
This...was a no brainer drain pour.
 

grampamark

From out of the clear blue of the western sky...
HBT Supporter
Joined
Sep 1, 2017
Messages
5,089
Reaction score
5,638
Location
The Frozen Tundra/The Magic City
The worst “craft” beer, and probably the worst beer, period, that I’ve ever tried, was Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat. Besides having what might be the longest name of any commercial brew it tasted of imitation smoke flavoring and eau de sweat sock. Calling it “nasty” wouldn’t begin to adequately describe the flavor.
 

iamwhatiseem

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Mar 16, 2013
Messages
421
Reaction score
207
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat - tastes like carbonated cough syrup
I had forgotten about that one, I tried one yeeears ago and thought the exact same thing.
Awful.... how is it even possible it made it to the bottle? How did someone in the first makings think this thing was good?
 

bkboiler

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2015
Messages
748
Reaction score
220
Location
San Diego
Some may disagree, but I happen to think Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale is the worst craft beer currently in production...

That being said...I've brewed that style a few times and have only been satisfied once...so I acknowledge I'm pretty picky with regard to that particular style...
 

smcinco

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2011
Messages
414
Reaction score
82
Location
SD
Some may disagree, but I happen to think Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale is the worst craft beer currently in production...

That being said...I've brewed that style a few times and have only been satisfied once...so I acknowledge I'm pretty picky with regard to that particular style...
I’ll have to try it again. I had it quite a few times in the mid/late 00s (seemed to be the predominant after-golf beer around here). Wasn’t spectacular but I recall was passable for what it was. I will say I think they are at the top of their IPA game now, which is somewhat surprising after drinking their earlier beers as you say.
 

bkboiler

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2015
Messages
748
Reaction score
220
Location
San Diego
Agreed! Many of their IPAs are stellar...I've had some of them on cask even...a very innovative brewery even still!
 

Yesfan

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Aug 2, 2012
Messages
2,073
Reaction score
384
Location
Cleveland
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat - tastes like carbonated cough syrup

Love Sam Adams' beers, but have to agree 100% on that one.

Stella Artouis is another one. Only had one at an Outback once, and I poured it out. I'd like to blame that on a dirty beer line or something, but that was just horrid.
 

grampamark

From out of the clear blue of the western sky...
HBT Supporter
Joined
Sep 1, 2017
Messages
5,089
Reaction score
5,638
Location
The Frozen Tundra/The Magic City
Love Sam Adams' beers, but have to agree 100% on that one.

Stella Artouis is another one. Only had one at an Outback once, and I poured it out. I'd like to blame that on a dirty beer line or something, but that was just horrid.
I have a good friend who keeps Stella in his fridge all the time. Apparently, it’s his idea of craft beer. He really likes my homebrew, so every time we go to visit he asks if I want a beer; it’s always Stella. It’s not bad, but it’s not much different than most BMC beers. The one time my friend surprised me he had bought one of those 36 can packages of Costco “craft” beer. I was glad to get a Stella the next time we visited. :cool:
 

Yesfan

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Aug 2, 2012
Messages
2,073
Reaction score
384
Location
Cleveland
Those Costco beers must be that terrible. A few years back, one of the guys in our brew club had a brew day that I attended. Someone had brought some Kirkland wine. It was the cheesiest and cheapest looking packaging I'd seen. I'm not a wine guy at all, so assumed it was going to taste like ****. It was actually pretty good.

Not good enough to start keeping it stocked in the fridge, but good enough to finish my glass.
 

dnr

Up your IBU!
Joined
Mar 28, 2020
Messages
245
Reaction score
122
Location
CT
That's a good damn beer. Tripels are lovely.
Try Allagash's Tripel. Now there's a damn fine beer!

Worst craft beer I've had (that I can remember) was Stony Creek's Big Cranky DIPA. It tasted like bile and malt.
I always hated that beer.
 

iamwhatiseem

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Mar 16, 2013
Messages
421
Reaction score
207
I wouldn't say it is the worts craft beer by any means, but Lagunitas Daytime IPA.
I honestly don't see how this gets such high ratings.
It is way out of balance, you might as well just make "hop water".
Founders All Day is multiples better than this in my opinion.
I don't believe making a light ABV IPA is simply cutting the grain bill down and keep the hops the same. That is what this beer is to me.
 

dnr

Up your IBU!
Joined
Mar 28, 2020
Messages
245
Reaction score
122
Location
CT
I wouldn't say it is the worts craft beer by any means, but Lagunitas Daytime IPA.
I honestly don't see how this gets such high ratings.
It is way out of balance, you might as well just make "hop water".
Founders All Day is multiples better than this in my opinion.
I don't believe making a light ABV IPA is simply cutting the grain bill down and keep the hops the same. That is what this beer is to me.
There's a difference between the normal session IPAs and these new low cal ones. A bunch of breweries are doing them, and I think they are trying to cross into the hard Seltzer but still beer territory.
None of them are very good.
I'd rather have a salad with a good beer than a burger with a crappy beer.
 

Obese Chess

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 12, 2019
Messages
90
Reaction score
17
Location
Portland, OR
This beer seems to have a unique cache as the one that absolutely demolishes college kids. I think they even marketed off of this a while back - "everyone has a Golden Monkey story."

Also, the worst craft beer was Rogue/Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale, referred to on BA as "The Pink Death."
 

Snuffy

Airlock Sniffer
Joined
Nov 5, 2019
Messages
104
Reaction score
143
I've only had 2 beers in my lifetime I could not drink. One was a six pack of Olympia I picked up for a canoe trip. Stuff went bad or something. Could not drink it. When you pour out the only beer you got on a float trip, you know it's pretty damn horrible. The other was a beer I got at the Ginger Man near Rice University in Houston, TX some years ago. It was called "Old Fogcutter". The barmaid noticed I had stopped drinking when I got it and she asked what was wrong. I told her it was gonna take me a while to get past this one. She tasted it and went and poured it out and did not charge me for it - seriously endearing herself to me in the process. Her tip was appropriate.
I've never found it again (thank goodness). I've seen a double IPA called Fogcutter online. This was no IPA. It was sickly sweet and syrupy with an after-taste like burnt brussels sprouts. If she hadn't taken pity on me I might still be sitting there staring forlornly at that glass.
 
Top