Whale Beer Will Either Kill You or Turn You Into a ‘True Viking’

Containing actual whale meal, the brew has been called "immoral and outrageous" by environmental groups. It's also high in protein.

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An Icelandic brewery has teamed up with a whaling company to create a beer infused with dead whale, to the horror of environmental groups.

The Steðji brewery created the 5.2 percent alcohol beer with whaling firm Hvalur for a midwinter festival in Iceland, according to the Independent. The beer reportedly contains whale meal,  a byproduct of reducing whale flesh to oil, said to be high in protein and vitamin B. The brewery claims drinkers will become “true Vikings.”

Environmental group Whale and Dolphin Conservation heavily criticized Steðji for brewing beer using endangered animals. “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,” activist Vanessa Williams-Grey told The Independent.

Dagbjartur Ariliusson, the brewery’s owner, said the whale beer would only be on sale for six weeks and would not be exported. He defended the cetacean ale as an accompaniment to the traditional Icelandic meal of cured whalemeat. “Now we have the beer to drink with this food,” he said.

[The Independent]

10 comments
CMichaelBarnes
CMichaelBarnes

Whales come close to sentience, that's true, though they don't exactly reach sentience, but if Icelanders can enjoy a nice slice of Whale meat (and trust me, it is quite nice), then they can certainly use the same ingredient in their beer. Environmentalists tend to show outrage at whatever possible source of outrage presents itself. 

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Environmentalists are ever so selective in their outrage.


Why just get angry about using whale blubber?  What about throwing a Grade A Hissy Fit about the bottling companies causing pollution, or even the beer distributors too?


Get a life, already.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

Whut don't kill ya make ya stronger

I'd love to eat shark. Just cuz they so mean

What would be cool would be to be in one of those shark cages dining on shark in front of a shark angrily trying to bust into the cage. It's funny to watch their frustration cuz u know they been gettin their way all their lives and they are amazed and annoyed to have encountered resistance and the universe not immediately bending to their will.

StephenLeviGuptill
StephenLeviGuptill

@CMichaelBarnes

"Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive, or to experience subjectivity."

"Subjectivity is the condition of being a subject: i.e., the quality of possessing perspectives, experiences, feelings, beliefs, desires, and/or power."


CMichaelBarnes
CMichaelBarnes

@ChikuMisra  You, sir, are a shining example of today's society. I tip the hat that I am not wearing to you.

SeattleSheila
SeattleSheila

@MiinnieBjornson Now I'm gonna gag.  For those who don't know, the Lutefisk is cod...dried/preserved with lye...yeah, poison.  You have to soak out the lye before you can cook and eat the fish. The smell alone would drive anyone away...not to mention the taste. I don't care HOW much butter they put on it. 

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

Gimme a break man. Sharks are mean as hell and were never nice to one person. If you had called me psychotic for suggesting something beyond horrible like eating dog in front of dog, words so vile and repugnant I am sorry to stain this page and my memory with them, that would be different.

But you're calling me psychotic for wanting to eat shark in front of shark. Yes, I do! I want a shark store seeking massive publicity from time magazine reader base of 10 million to send me shark meat and a shark to watch me eat it. Who should be restrained in some fashion or preferably watching from an aquarium. I apologize for nothing. sharks are mean and never did a thing fo nobody.