Today we are going to show you the weird beers brewed up of weirdest ingredients. Looks like everyone’s making their own beer. Here are some of the odd, exotic and awful ingredients craft beer makers have added to the brewing process in an attempt to make a game-changing beer.
1 Yeast pulled from a beard.
Wild yeast pops up in all kinds of places, but yeast pulled from a man's beard might just be taking things a hair too far. Rogue Ale thought the concept was worth exploring, however, which is why they jumped at the chance to produce Beard Beer using yeast from Brewmaster John Maier's beard, which he had been growing since 1983.
It had been exposed to the brewing of over 15,000 beers, which doesn't necessarily make it sound like a great idea regardless.
2 Vaginal lactic acid
If you think using yeast from a man's beard is bad, then just wait—Bottled Instinct was hoping to hold the title of the "first beer brewed with vaginal lactic acid."
The Polish brewery Order of Yoni took a swab from a model's vagina and planned to use it as a source of yeast and vaginal bacteria (lactobacillus) in their brew.
The project was put up on IndieGoGo, and generous donors were offered the chance to make a personalized beer with their own girlfriend's vaginal swab. Unfortunately, it bombed, raising only 1% of the €150,000 goal. Who wouldn't want to drink "the essence of a woman in one bottle of beer?"
3 Bull testicles
Rocky Mountain oysters, or bull testicles, are one of those regional foods that people outside of the area just don't understand. But that wasn't enough to stop Colorado's Wynkoop Brewing Company from releasing a beer featuring the delicacy as the secret ingredient. Every eight barrels of its Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout uses 25 pounds of roasted and sliced bull testicles to create a "meaty, foreign-style stout."
4 Dung-smoked whale balls.
While brewery owner Dagbjartur Arilíusson argues that "the fin whale is not endangered in the North Atlantic," the World Wildlife Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature disagree.
Fin whales provide the secret ingredient in Stedji Brewery's Hvalur 2. The brewery uses some of those hunted whale's testicles in their beer, which they then cure in a traditional Icelandic style before smoking with burning sheep poop; also a traditional Icelandic method since wood is a rare commodity on the island. The result is what they call a "very healthy drink" with an "excellent smoky taste." We wonder if that flavor is more from the endangered whale or the sheep droppings.
5 The world's most potent bear.
Here’s a title that seems to change every year or so. It started in 1999 with Sam Adams' Utopia, which clocked in at 21 percent alcohol by volume. Last year, the title was topped by Brewmeister Brewery’s Armageddon, which contained 65 percent ABV, and just this week, Brewmeister upped their game by announcing their new Snake Venom, which contains 67.5 percent alcohol—making it an impressive 135 proof, which is stronger than many hard liquors.
One bottle of Snake Venom will run you $80 (if you can even find it), and each bottle has a warning tag reminding you not to drink too much of the brew.
6 The only beer sold in dead animals.
If you’re looking for something with a nice blend of weirdness and a package certain to catch the eyes of your guests, try getting your hands on Brewdog’s “The End of History,” a 50 percent ABV beer released in 2010 that sold for the absurd price of $765. But you weren’t just paying for potency at that price: “The End of History” was a special, limited-edition Belgian blond ale. Only 12 bottles were made, and they were all contained within the taxidermied body of a squirrel or weasel.
7 The most spacey beers in the world.
Want a beer with ingredients that are out of this world, literally? Then you actually have two options. Sapporo Space Barley features barley that was on the International Space Station. The 2009 limited edition beer was released in 250 six packs that sold for around $100 each. Proceeds were used to support science education.
Alternatively, Dogfish Head Brewery’s Celest-jewel-ale contains dust from lunar meteorites. If you’re wondering why the company would put crushed space rocks in your beer, it’s not just to be fancy. As it turns out, since the meteorites are mostly minerals and salts, the dust aids the fermentation process. Unfortunately for those interested, you can only get this space beer from the company’s Rehoboth Beach pub. But on the upside, if you do make it out there, it’s served in a koozie made from the same material as an astronaut’s space suit, so at least they make an effort to go for a theme. Oh, and you’d better hurry if you want to try some, as it was only made in a limited edition batch at the beginning of October and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good—just like a beautiful shooting star of beer.
8 The most child-friendly beer
9 The world's oldest intact beer.
Ancient brews might not be all that appealing to modern tastes, but what about 200 year old beers? After five bottles of beer were discovered in a shipwreck back in 2011, four professional taste testers got to find out. The shipwreck was dated to the early 1800s and, unsurprisingly, the testers found the beer to taste “very old”; they also thought it tasted “acidic” with some “burnt notes.”
While you might not be able to get your hands on one of those five bottles of 200 year old beer, you might get to taste a recreation of the brew, since one of the salvagers happens to be a microbrewery owner who wants to work with scientists to resurrect the formula. Presumably the new version from Stallhagen Brewery won’t taste quite so old, but it’s hard to say if it will still taste acidic and burnt or if those flavor notes came from age as well.
10 Mamma Mia Pizza Beer
Pizza and beer are almost always an excellent pairing, so why not combine them in a glass? That’s exactly what homebrewers Tom and Athena Seefurth did on Labor Day in 2006.
The story goes that the Seefurths actually cooked a full Margarita pizza, wrapped it in cheesecloth and dunked it into the mash like a teabag. With basil, oregano, tomato and garlic (along with pinches of red pepper and bready pizza dough) among the pizza’s ingredients, it’s no wonder that this strange brew tastes just like a pizza joint.
High carbonation, a garlicy tomato aftertaste and hints of dough and spices leave a lingering pizza impression. Although it seems a bit redundant, the Seefurths recommend pairing this concoction with – you guessed it – pizza.
11 Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
Though it has a strange and rather ungainly name, you wouldn’t immediately conclude that this beer was brewed with fecal matter – as in poop. But not just any poop.
The weasel-like civet is native to tropical Asia and Africa and dines only on the ripest and richest coffee beans they can get their paws on. After eating, natural processes of digestion occur and the cats leave little brown presents for dedicated brewers such as Mikkeller’s founder, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø.
The high-quality coffee beans in the civet’s java guano inspired one of his wackiest recipes. Special enzymes in civets’ stomachs break down the coffee beans and provide exceedingly strong and exceptionally rich flavors for the coffee, which form the backbone for this hefty breakfast stout.
The Walking Dead is a cultural phenomenon. Despite a few missteps here and there, the show has remained engaging, exciting and incredibly popular.
After an excellent season five finale, the show seems poised to dominate ratings and on-demand numbers once again.
The beer world is constantly evolving and always tries to stay on top of popular fads, hence Dock Street Brewing Company’s Walker beer – a dark, smoky creation that was brewed with fresh goat brains.
Of course, Walkers on The Walking Dead will settle for any flesh they can get their desiccated claws on, but brains would certainly satiate earlier representations of zombies whose only demand was simply: “Brains!”
13 Rocky mountain oyster stout
Sometimes it takes some big… Rocky Mountain oysters to brew beers with odd and unusual ingredients.
Luckily, Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Company literally had some Rocky Mountain oysters on hand for its Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.
If you were wondering, Rocky Mountain oysters is the politically correct term for pig, sheep, or in this case, bull testicles.
The brew has a rather bullish smoky and savory quality that would pair well with a nice juicy steak or other succulent meats.
14 Bloody beer
Bloody Marys are extremely popular drinks. The deep red color and rich, salty tomato flavor combined with a clean vodka finish and celery stalk garnish make the Bloody Mary a popular beverage all over the world.
They also, reportedly, make excellent hangover cures due to their vegetable base (to settle the stomach) and plenty of salty Worcestershire sauce (to replenish electrolytes).
Most brewers love beer more than any other liquid, but they certainly aren’t myopic in their imbibing practices – enjoying all manner of spirits, liquors and liqueurs.
Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan took this open-mindedness to another level by brewing a beer with Roma Tomatoes, black peppercorns, celery seeds, dill and horseradish – repurposing some popular Bloody Mary ingredients into a 7 percent ABV brew.
Short’s recommends drinking this beer at a slightly warm temperature in order to fully appreciate the complex, spicy flavors within. GABF judges must’ve listened to this advice as this brew won a silver medal in the Experimental Beer category at the festival’s 2009 iteration.
15 Goat brains
The team behind Dock Street Brewing Company loves The Walking Dead, which is why they decided to brew a tribute to the show. Naturally, a beer dedicated to a zombie show needed to contain some brains, so they decided to go with goat brains, which they claim add some subtle smoky notes to the overall flavor.