You Might Wanna See This Before You Order Any Beer From Iceland
There has been an interesting trend in the beer world that calls for the resurgence of the micro-brewery. Now that more people shop online, local beer companies are getting orders coming in from around the world. Most claim to focus on taste, unlike the massively produced (and watered down) brands like Budweiser and Coors. But are all micro-brews REALLY that good?
To complicate your idea of what”s a good beer we present to you a new seasonal beer from the Icelandic beer company. Steji produces a beer flavored with the most intimate parts of a whale (in addition to sheep poop). They say it”s a delicacy Iceland, but we”re not so sure.
This year Steji brewery in Iceland will release an interesting flavor of beer called “Hvalur 2”. It seems like a normal beer with a meager alcohol content is 5.2%, but then you read the label and realize it was flavored with whale testicles that were smoked in sheep excrement.
This is not the company”s foray into whale flavored beers. Last year”s “Hvalur” featured whale meal, a by product of processed whale meat and was actually banned by Icelandic health authorities.
Steji has the proper permits to release Hvalur 2 this time around and they hope to release it in conjunction with the country”s Thorrablot mid-winter festival, which celebrates old Icelandic traditions such as whaling (which is actually still quite popular in the region).
The most controversial thing about this beer isn”t the testicles, it”s the whales that are attached to them. Fin whales are technically classified as endangered and Icelandic conservation groups are fully opposed to using them to flavor alcohol.
But the company insists that the Hvalur 2 is merely celebrating old viking tradition that takes pride in finding ingredients in the most unimaginable places. To them, Thorrablot is all about balls, it seems.
I love craft beer and the idea of drinking beer like times of old does sound appealing, but I”m not so nostalgic that I”d be willing to kick back with testicles and sheep crap. Can you imagine what it smells like?