The number of inventive, unique, and delicious beers available in the market today quickly makes the modern consumer spoiled for choice. Whether we're drinking California common, cream ale, or a crisp Czech-style pils, breweries love to flex their creative muscles and push the envelope on style, flavor, and ingredients. But sometimes boundary-pushing brewers run into the realities of being a business that needs to keep the lights on, kegs filled, and employees paid, forcing great beers into extinction or preventing the re-release of phenomenal special batches. Here are six great beers that due to exorbitant costs and rare ingredients (including moon rocks) will likely never hit shelves and tap lines again.
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Hibernal Vinifera Stout
Brewer: Ska Brewing
Style: Foreign Export Stout
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Ska Brewing has a proud tradition of great beer in southwest Colorado. However, this Durango-based brewery recently had to put the kibosh on their delicious, but doomed seasonal stout program. Dave Thibodeau, co-founder of Ska Brewing, saw the writing on the wall when, among other factors, he calculated the cost of the winter seasonal Hibernal Vinifera. "It's a foreign-style stout aged on oak, and infused with malbec grape juice. It's a really delicious beer, but the labor and effort behind it was way too much before we even started."