Iceland brewery makes beer using smoked whale testicles

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Icelandic brewery Stedji, which is producing the beer in time for the country’s mid-winter festival, Thorri, said the Hvalur 2 beer was made with the testicles of fin whales – which are classified as endangered on the conservation Red List – smoked in a “traditional way” with dried sheep dung.

The move, which comes a year after the brewery launched a beer for Thorri containing whale meat, has angered conservationists who claimed the “dying” whaling industry in was trying to create markets for its products.

Vanessa Williams-Grey, anti-whaling campaigner at Whale and Conservation, said: “This is a calculated move, not only to dishonour a beautiful and endangered creature by using its most intimate of body parts as a marketing tool, but also sends a clear ‘two fingers’ to the conservation community and those who love and respect whales.

Whalers cut open a 35-tonne aboard a Hvalur boat off the coast of Hvalfjsrour, north of Reykjavik, on the western coast of Iceland. Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images

“Right-minded people would no sooner drink beer brewed with whale testicles than they would order similar drinks made with tiger, elephant or rhino testicles and our hope, of course, is that visitors to Iceland will treat this latest offering with the disdain it deserves.”

Dagbjartur Ariliusson, from the brewery, said: “We live in a country that allows whaling and the whaling is very well controlled by the Icelandic authorities, but fisheries here are self sustainable and very responsible.

“According to our research the fin whale in North Atlantic is not at risk of extinction.”

He added that in the past, Icelandic people made food out of all possible ingredients, and during Thorri eat food ranging from rams’ testicles to rotten sharks.

“We consider this ingredient to be in the style of Thorri,” he said.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 12 Jan 2015.


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Tara Wikramanayake

This is disgusting. Stop the killing of all whales for whatever purpose.

Pierre Gagnaux
Pierre Gagnaux

Can we make beer too with dried Iceland fishermans testicles too ?

Susan Lee

I would enlist in a boycott movement against everything to or from Iceland until their horrifying practices totally cease.

Gerry Walsh

Mankind will not be satisfied until it eradicates all species from the face of the earth including its own…..

Linda French
Linda French

What do you expect from this Barbaric country. It is unfortnatne that they have not kept up to present day, when now we respect whales and protect. Good luck on your Whale Testicle beer – morons. I think a campaign should start aiming at travel and vaacation not to go there anymore.

Terence Hale

“Iceland brewery makes beer using smoked whale testicles”. The international community must help the prehistoric mentality of this land to reform in line with the rules of human dignity.

Peter Deelen
Peter Deelen

I can only say poor poor animals after a few years there are no whales left !!!!!!