5 Weirdest Beer Flavors (Featuring Two Kinds of Testicle Ales)
There's plenty of mainstream weirdness happening in the beer world. Heineken has a non-alcoholic beer. Bud Light is starting corn syrup wars. Beer drinkers suddenly want low-ABV beers like, ugh, Michelob Ultra. But dig a layer deeper into the realm of craft beer, and some truly wild stuff is happening. Like the use of animal testicles in the brewing process. Here are the five weirdest beers you can find and taste-test—if you dare—in 2019.
Lucky Charms Beer
Saturday Morning IPA by Smartmouth
For this Lucky Charms–themed IPA, Smartmouth Brewing in Virginia used toasted marshmallows and cereal marshmallows in the mash. The result is supposed to remind drinkers of Saturday mornings spent planted in front of the TV, downing bowl after bowl of sugary cereal during a marathon cartoon session. As Smartmouth calls it, the IPA is "magically ridiculous."
Availability: Limited release on draft at Smartmouth and in cans in the Norfolk, Virginia area in March
Whale Testicle Beer
Hvalur by Stedji Brewery
Stedji's beer combines two of nature's finest resources: pure Icelandic water and whale testicles smoked in sheep dung. The sheep shit adds a smoke to the beer, the brewery says, while the whale testicles—one massive ball used per batch—help give the brown beer its porter-like flavor. Hvalur brewed in the winter months, when Icelandic people eat rotten shark and special meats in honor of Thor, the thunder god, like their ancestors did before them.
Availability: Seasonally, by request at Stedji in Borgarfjordur, Iceland
Super Spicy Beer
Ghost Face Killah by Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Ghost Face Killah only has 5.2% ABV, but thanks to the six chili peppers used in brewing it, the beer might just blow your head off. Besides ghost pepper, there's serrano, jalapeño, habanero, Fresno, and Anaheim peppers in this wheat ale. And it also has GhostFace Killah of the Wu Tang Clan's blessing.
Availability: On tap at Twisted Pine in Boulder, Colorado
Bull Testicle Beer
Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout by Wynkoop Brewing Company
More testicles! Wynkoop's ball beer started as an April Fool's joke, but picked up so much attention the brewing company decided to turn it into an actual beer. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, brewed with sliced and roasted bull testicles, has a "meaty," "savory" flavor.
Availability: On tap at Wynkoop Brewpub in Denver, Colorado
World’s Strongest Beer
Snake Venom Beer by Brewmeister
Brewmeister calls this beer the strongest in the world, and at 67.5% ABV, we don't doubt it. In fact, the beer is so dense it can't even be carbonated, according to a spokesperson. The Scottish brewery makes it with a "fiery" finish, and suggests downing no more than a shot's worth at a time. It'll be stronger than most shots of liquor you'll ever take.
Availability: Just in the U.K.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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