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 three weirdest beers you can find and taste-test—if you dare—in 2019.
Lucky Charms Beer
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.
Whale Testicle Beer
Stedji’s beer combines two of nature’s finest resources: pure Icelandic water and whale testicles smoked in sheep dung. The sheep shit adds smokeness 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.
Super Spicy Beer
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.
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