Would You Drink Bull Testicle Beer?


Beer makers have come a long way over the last few decades, as American palates have evolved away from the watery swill of Budweiser and the like into appreciating more complex flavors and variants, from rich, dark stouts to hoppy IPAs. A recent trend in breweries has been the addition of unusual and unexpected ingredients to their beers – Belgians have been brewing with fruit for centuries, but modern brewmasters are pushing that envelope even farther. Now here’s a bull testicle beer.

The people responsible are Wynkoop Brewing, located in downtown Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1988 by John Hickenlooper, Jerry Williams, Mark Schiffler and Russell Schehrer, they are Denver’s oldest craft brewery, single-handedly building a scene in the city. On the way, they’ve developed a number of unusual brews.

What we’re concerned with here at the Ball Report is their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, described as “an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports a savory, umami-like note and a roasty dry finish.” Those flavors come in part from the addition of 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.

While the combination of meat and beer might seems strange, it has a solid 3.6 on Beer Advocate. Would you sidle up to the bar and order a pint?