In the latest issue of Beer & Brewer we take a look at Extreme Beer. Not for the faint hearted, here is our list of the top 10 weirdest beer ingredients…
(1) Chicken carcass
Big Red (Cock Ale), Bacchus Brewing Co.
ABV: 6.1%, Style: Scottish ale
A Scottish recipe from the 1500s that involves brewing with a chicken carcass.
(2) Human saliva
Chicha, Dogfish Head Brewery
ABV: 5.7%, Style: Chicha
Based on the native corn beer of Central and South America, this beer is made using authentic ingredients like organic pink Peruvian pepper corns, yellow maize, Peruvian purple maize chewed by the chicha-maker. In other words, this beer contains human saliva.
Choc Lobster, Dogfish Head Brewery
ABV: 5.6%, Style: American porter
That name isn’t just for pun’s sake. This beer has been brewed with live lobsters and dark cocoa powder.
Throbbing Biological Urges, Moon Dog Brewery
ABV 9%, Style: English barleywine
Doesn’t the name say it all?
(5) A man’s beard
Beard Beer, Rogue Ales
ABV: 5.6%, Style: Belgian ale
Probably the most hipster beer available, Beard Beer is brewed with a yeast created from Rogue brewmaster John Maier’s very own beard.
Cannabia, Kronenbrauerei Wahl
ABV 4.9%, Style: German Pilsener
Cannabia is partially brewed as a traditional organic Pilsner, but then in the second step a “secret special organic hemp, source water and organic sugar blend is added before fermentation has ended”.
HenHouse Oyster Stout, HenHouse Brewing Company
ABV: 4.95% Style: dry stout
Brewed with Pacific coast oysters.
(8) Meteorite dust
Celest-jewel-ale, Dogfish Head Brewery
ABV: 5%, Style: German ale
Celest-jewel-ale is made with lunar meteorites that have been crushed into dust, then steeped like tea in a rich, malty Oktoberfest.
(9) Coffee sourced from elephant poo
Un, Kono Kuro, Sankt Gallen Brewery
ABV: 6.5%, Style: stout
Yes this beer is really made using coffee beans that have passed through an elephant. Japanese brewery Sankt Gallen calls the beer a chocolate stout, despite it not containing any chocolate.
(10) Bull testicles
Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, Wynkoop Brewing Company
ABV: 7.5%, Style: stout
A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles. No bull.
Have we missed any? Email us here.
Check out the full Extreme Beer article in the Winter Issue of Beer & Brewer here.