Would you drink beer spiked with whale testicles?

Apparently, it’s an old tradition that doesn’t sit well with animal-rights activists.

Photo via Grubstreet.com, courtesy of Steðji.com


(SPOT.ph) A Grub Street report made us drop our pints of craft beer and turn our attention to a new kind of brew that totally knocked out our buzz. And we’re not talking about alcohol content.


Icelandic brewery Steðji’s Hvalur 2 is a nutty kind of beer that literally infuses whale "nuts" into their formula. (The sold-out Hvalur 1 used your everyday whale meat.) The beer, according to the Grub Street report which quoted Icelandic newspaper Vísir, has a 5.2% ABV level, full of protein, and low fat. The whale testicles are lightly salted and smoked-following an Icelandic tradition of eating cured whale during a local festival. Co-owner Dagbjartur Ariliusson explains that the process takes a long time, with each brewing alloting "its own bona-fide fin whale testicle." Other ingredients are pure Icelandic water, malted barley, and hops.


Steðji’s Hvalur’s website markets it as a beer that makes its drinkers become "true Vikings."


The Hvalur 2 will only be sold in Iceland and only until February, but animal-rights activists are unhappy with the company’s use of the endangered species, according to an article in The Guardian. Vanessa Williams-Grey, a campaign leader against Icelandic whaling, said, "Demand for this meat is in decline, with fewer and fewer people eating it...Even so, reducing a beautiful, sentient whale to an ingredient on the side of a beer bottle is about as immoral and outrageous as it is possible to get."



For more on this story, log on to Grub Street and The Guardian.


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