The craft beer marketplace has become rather crowded these days. One way to stand out from the field is with a killer label. But designing a sweet-ass label takes time and artistic ability…two things many brewers simply don’t have. There’s also the “draft-only” issue to consider. Many beers brewed by craft outfits are keg-only, so a brewer needs another way to convince the drinking public to sample their wares.
Enter, the “awesome beer name”. With just a few choice words, a clever brewer can instantly connect with the public. Whether it’s a hop or style-related pun, a pop culture reference, or just something absurd, nothing gets an Alehead’s attention faster than a unique beer name. When our site was in its infancy, one of our first posts was a list of the 50 Best American Craft Beer Names we had ever come across. Years later, it’s still one of our most popular articles. Well, I figured it was about damn time I updated that post. So today, I’m unveiling a brand new, Top 100 Best Beer Names list. If you don’t see one of your favorites here, check that older list. And if it’s not there either, add it in the comments below. We don’t want any ridiculous beer names to go unnoticed by Alehead Nation!
THE “NEW” BEST BEER NAMES
100. Men in Bock (Odell): The perfect beer name to start off the list. A dated pop culture reference. An obvious beer pun. And it’s fun to say. Count it.
99. Do It To It Gruit (The Bruery): When in doubt…rhyme.
98. George Brett Triple (Drake’s): You’re not doing any better than this name for a Tripel made with Brett yeast. The only problem with this beer is that the bottle neck is illegally slathered in pine tar.
97. Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes): How do you honor one of the most murderous, pants-shittingly frightening men in history? With a pecan pie porter, of course!
96. Spleen Cleaver (Tommyknocker): I’m sure this beer was simply given a violent name in the tradition of many Scotch Ales (like Skullsplitter). But just try saying this one without humming Dream Weaver in your head. I dare you.
95. Whiskey Dick (Oskar Blues): Kudos for truth in advertising, Oskar Blues.
94. Blue Steel (Port): The problem with this beer is that it tastes EXACTLY like Port’s Le Tigre.
93. Boom Shakalager (Terrapin): I can’t read this name without having flashbacks of NBA Jam. He’s on fire!
92. Tart of Darkness (The Bruery): Hey, it’s a dark, sour ale. What else would you call it?
91. Groundskeeper Spilly (Sixpoint): You want an easy “in” on this list? Just give your beer a Simpson’s pun for a name and you’re good.
90. Ratsalad (2nd Shift): I assumed this was in reference to the Black Sabbath song. But Urban Dictionary informs me that it’s also slang for throwing your pubes in someone’s face. Either way…awesome.
89. Cornholio (Short’s): Instead of a cap or cork, this beer uses a wad of TP.
88. Mash of the Titans (Odell): Like the B-Flats, this name gets less funny the more you say it.
87. Prescription Pils (Dogfish Head): Probably not as good as Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils (from the original list)…but still pretty great.
86. Nerf Herder (Port): Who’s scruffy looking?
85. Fest of Fury (HopWorks): Oktoberfest beers generally have pretty lousy names, but this one’s solid.
84. Chocolate Starfish (Left Hand): I truly hope Limp Bizkit’s ONLY legacy is this slang term for a butthole (and not their music).
83. Ca$h for Golden Ale (Pipeworks): I generally frown upon using a dollar sign in the middle of a name (hey, Kei$ha), but I’ll let this one slide.
82. Kangaroo Love (DuClaw): I don’t think this is even a reference to anything. I think it’s just a great name.
81. Uvula (Great Lakes): In a nutshell, your uvula is on the fritz.
80. Unicorn Killer (2nd Shift): I’m glad 2nd Shift is bringing attention to our growing unicorn over-population issue.
79. The Deuce (Sun King): Sun King’s second best poop-related beer name.
78. Montezuma’s Revenge (Sun King): And here’s their first.
77. Scary Jesus Rockstar (Dark Horse): I’ll bet this is a fun one to order in a bar.
76. Son of a Berserker! (Midnight Sun): Beers with exclamation marks in their names get bonus points from me.
75. For Those About to Bock (HopWorks): We salute you.
74. There Will Be Black (Brooklyn): Every time I kill a pint of this one, I yell, “I’m finished!”
73. Money Shot (Oskar Blues): Is this phrase used in anything but porn these days? Probably not.
72. L. Rauch Hubbard (Elysian): I’m sure Elysian was sued about 20 times since they named this beer.
71. We’re Only In It For the Money (Lagunitas): Great name…even more amusing if you know that Lagunitas generally sells the cheapest bombers on the market.
70. Stop, Hop and Roll (Bethlehem): A fairly stupid hop pun that I love for absolutely no reason.
69. Beerly Legal Lager (21st Amendment): Beerly Legal was the original name for our humble beer blog, so I couldn’t pass it up.
68. This One Goes to 11 Ale (Bell’s): This beer is made with little green globules.
67. Peter Piper Peppered Pale (Founders): Because fuck you for trying to order this beer, that’s why!
66. Snake Oil (DuClaw): I just love the name. Simple as that.
65. Pumpkin Brewster (Sixpoint): Remember that episode where Punky Brewster got stuck in a cave and all of her friends were murdered? That scared the ever-loving shit out of me when I was little.
64. Nugg E. Fresh (Ninkasi): The original human beat-box!
63. Alphaphylactic Hop (Upright): One of the all-time great hop puns. A double-pun even!
62. Cap’n Kickass (Piece): With Baron Von Awesome making our original Best Beer Names list, you can’t accuse Piece of being humble about their brews.
61. Marketing Ploy (Three Floyds): There are a few like this on the list. I love dry, blunt humor in a beer name. Gets me every time. Edit: Thanks to Bill at Piece Brewery in Chicago for letting me know that Marketing Ploy was a collaboration between Piece and Three Floyds. It was brewed for the 2000 World Cup to drum up interest for their respective outfits (hence the name).
60. Dry Humpkin (Cigar City): This beer chafes.
59. Grand Pappy’s Sugar Shack (Harpoon): I don’t know…it’s amusing. I would order it.
58. Hoppy Seconds (Oskar Blues): I assume this is just backwash from a Deviant Dale’s.
57. Abbey Normal (Sun King): Young Frankenstein puns always make the list
56. Cellar Door (Stillwater): The most beautiful two-word phrase in the English language.
55. Humulonimbus (Deschutes) : Makes the list because this is what I wanted to call the fictional IPA in my fictional brewery. Great minds think alike, Deschutes.
54. Ballsmack!!! (Avery): Three exclamation marks!!! Can’t argue with that!!!
53. Trippel Lindy (Sweetwater): The best Tripel pun on the market.
52. Ubiquitous Pale Ale (Pipeworks): Call it like it is, Pipeworks.
51. Standard Issue IPA (Pipeworks): Preach on, brothers.
50. Cimmerian Sabertooth Berserker (Three Floyds): Oh, Three Floyds…how much do you smoke before you name your beers?
49. Yippie Rye Aye (Sierra Nevada): Sadly, this is only the SECOND best Bruce Willis-related beer on the list.
48. Those Candies Your Granny Loves Brown Ale (Cigar City): I love a beer name that describes EXACTLY what the beer tastes like.
47. More Cowbell (Russian River): Fine, it’s clichéd and not terribly clever. All I know is that I’ve got a fever, and this beer is the only prescription.
46. Piston Honda (Dogfish Head): You should only drink this beer when it wiggles its eyebrows.
45. Up on Cripple Kriek (Cambridge): Best. Kriek. Pun. Ever.
44. Pepperation H. (Against the Grain): Best. Chili. Beer. Pun. Ever.
43. Over Hopulation (21st Amendment): Look, I like hop puns, OK! Sue me!
42. Gourd of the Rings (Cambridge): It’s a pumpkin beer. It’s funny. You laugh now.
41. Citra Ass Down! (Against the Grain): Even if Citra wasn’t the tastiest hop varietal around (which it is), it would be worth using JUST for this beer name.
40. Spruce Willis (Dogfish Head): Now THERE’S your best Bruno-related name.
39. Terry Porter (HopWorks): If any journeyman NBA player deserves a craft beer name, it’s Terry “I Don’t Have a Nickname” Porter.
38. Modus Hoperandi (Ska): Great beer. Great name. ‘Nuff said.
37. Surge Protector (Blue Point): This one was brewed to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. Get it? Took me a minute too.
36. You Will Fail Ale (Piece): Thanks for the pep talk, Piece.
35. More Consistenter (COAST): Here in Aleheads, we loves not good grammar.
34. Get to the Hopper (Port): Don’t worry, this won’t be the last Predator reference on the list.
33. Saucerful O’ Secrets (Firestone Walker): Hey, if it takes a beer to shed some light on one of Pink Floyd’s lesser-known albums, I’m all for it. Cool name too.
32. Duvil in Ms. Jones (Kuhnhenn): Solid pun. Duvil or duyvil means “devil” in Dutch and is often used in beer or bar names. And that’s…the more you know.
31. Junk ‘n’ Da Trunkle Dunkle (Port): Badonk-a-Dunkel made our first list. This is its obvious successor.
30. Fermentation without Representation (Epic): This one should be brewed in DC, but whatever. Still a good name. Edit: Thanks to the good folks at Reddit Beer for pointing out that this beer is actually a collaboration with DC Brau which is indeed a Washington-based outfit.
29. Roland the Headless Assistant Brewer (Piece): I have no idea. I’m sure there’s a pretty great story behind it though. Edit: A commentor below noted that this beer name is a take-off of a Warren Zevon song title. Now I like it even more.
28. Collars ‘n’ Cuffs (Piece): One of the great clean-sounding yet dirty slang terms in the English language.
27. Goser the Gosarian (Dogfish Head): The absolute best Gose-related beer name there is. I hope this beer is covered in bubbles.
26. Java the Nut (Alesmith): A coffee and nut beer? Nailed it.
25. Apocalypse Cow (Three Floyds): One of the all-time great labels too. Love this beer.
24. Sextacula (Elsyian): Bravo, Elysian. Bravo.
23. Respect Your Elderberries (Allagash): Sounds like the title of a Monty Python sketch.
22. Judas Yeast (Beer Valley): I have to think Rob Halford would approve of this name. Seems like he has a good sense of humor.
21. Bangarang (Port): If it’s a Skrillex reference, I’m cutting it from the list. But for now, I’ll be optimistic and assume it’s referring to Ru-Fi-O!
20. Hoppy Ending (Palo Alto): There are a few breweries that use this name, but Palo Alto has the best label.
19. Larry Bird’s Haircut (Cambridge): I’m a Celtics fan, so this beer name immediately paints a hilarious picture for me.
18. Nonethewizer (Drake’s): Lots of German-style brews use the “wizer/wiser” suffix. None do it better than this one.
17. Pandora’s Bock (Elysian): A pun, yes…but also a killer name for a beer.
16. Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment): Stupid, perhaps, but you’ve got to smile when you order this one.
15. Hop Ness Monster (Lilja): A simple and perfect hop pun.
14. My Other Brother Darryl (Allagash): Finally, a Newhart-related beer. It’s about damn time (and yes, they also have a beer called My Brother Darryl, so you can order both).
13. Cream Dream II: Electric Boogaloo (Sun King): When Sun King started adding beers to their Cream Dream series, they decided to tap into that wildly popular internet trope…silly sequel names.
12. Cream Dream III: The Search for Hops (Sun King): Here’s #3…
11. Cream Dream IV: A New Hop (Sun King):…and #4. Well done, Sun King.
10. Bay and Pepper your Bretts (Against the Grain): Against the Grain might be the best beer-naming outfit around. Please remember to bay and pepper your bretts. You don’t want a litter of tiny bretts running around your house and infecting your beer.
9. Sweet Child of Vine (Fulton): Just make sure you don’t hold your breath for the follow-up to this beer…Chinese Demhopracy.
8. Me, My Spelt, and Rye (Cambridge): Easily the best grain-related pun ever concocted.
7. Another Caucasian Gary (Short’s): Right, Dude.
6. Raucho Man Randy Beverage (Against the Grain): I can’t decide which one is better. This one…
5. Hacksaaz Jim Chuggin’ (Against the Grain):…or this one. They’re both perfect.
4. William Holden Belgian Golden (Drake’s): I’m sure Holden was a Scotch-man (just look at the guy), but I’d like to think he would have gotten a kick out of this absolutely perfect beer name.
3. Dirtbag McQuaig’s Malt Liquor for Fine Gentlemen (Great Lakes): Is it just me, or shouldn’t ALL beer be marketed to “fine gentlemen”?
2. Wet Hop American Summer (Dogfish Head): I keep this beer in the pantry, above the sink, right next to my bottle of dick cream…uh, stick…team. Stickball! Go away!
1. Carl Weathers as Dillon in Predator Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale (Fort Collins): You win, Fort Collins. You win.
There you have it, Alehead Nation. Add your favorites in the comments below!