Beer brewed from whale meat sparks a sea of criticism from conservationists

It’s a good time to be a beer drinker. A microbrew revolution is underway, and breweries worldwide seem to be constantly trying to outdo one another with new flavors and unique brewing techniques. There are beers brewed with everything from exotic grains and spices, to artificially flavored hops, fruits like apricots and pumpkins, moon dust (seriously), even whale meat.

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right: there is now even a beer brewed with whale meat, according to the Independent. And as you might have guessed, this hasn’t exactly gone over too well with conservationists and animal rights activists… and probably for good reason. Anti-whaling efforts are at the foundation of the modern environmental movement. The idea of drinking beer flavored with whale meat seems downright archaic– a cruel throwback to a barbaric era.

The Icelandic beer is being sold with claims that it is “healthier,” “high in protein,” and that those who drink it will become “true Vikings.”

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