Typically, a "Speciality Beer" is a beer that doesn't fit into an otherwise-defined style--and, for the most part, the beers below are that. However, for ease of finding the bold-and-the-beautiful, we're not using the term "speciality beer" as an easy catch-all term for beers that don't fit into a neat little box. It's also a very apropos term for beers of the likes of ancient heather ales, herb and spice beers, Christmas/winter specials, and even for the Schlenkerla Rauchbiers that taste like ham. Yes. Ham.
Like the name suggests, Spice or Herb Beer is anything that’s been specially spiced or herbed, from pumpkin beers to Xmas beers and even ginger beers. It’s a great way for brewers to experiment with new or seasonal flavours, so keep an open mind when trying these brews!
Rauchbier is one of the most famous speciality beers. Hailing from 16th century Germany, its name literally means ‘smoke’ and that’s what you’ll get - a smoky taste so robust its like smoked meat. Granted, Rauchbier is an acquired taste, but it’s well worth trying, particularly if you enjoy it with a meat platter.