Grain meat = beer!

Oct 5, 2012

Monday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m., Wynkoop Brewing Company, in Denver, CO, will tap the first keg of a brand new and, well, very unique beer: Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, one which they consider their “ballsiest beer ever.”

Yep, the bulls stop here! According to their website, the beer was inspired by an April Fool’s Day spoof video in which they claimed to have released a beer made with bull testicles. After sending out a press release and video link last April, beer lovers came out of the woodworks to get a sample. So the company decided to go out on a limb and make the meaty brew, turning the joke into a reality.

While they are not laying claim to the first “meat” stout—Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO, has an oyster stout that, according to beer fans, is very tasty—they have certainly taken the bull by the horns!

According to the company, the beer also serves a good purpose. “We’ve been making ballsy beer for the past few years,” notes Andy Brown, head brewer since 2008, “and this is great proof of that.”

“As we joked in the video, we really do love to make beer with uniquely local ingredients. Rocky Mountain Oysters are arguably our state’s most popular local dish. They’ve also been enjoyed by humans for centuries. So they’re a dream-come-true ingredient for a Wynkoop beer,” the company claims.

The beer is made with Colorado-grown base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts and Styrian Goldings hops. The beer gets a small dose of sea salt, too. “It gives the beer an extra layer of Rocky Mountain oyster flavor,” Brown notes, “and additional texture.”

The 8-barrel batch also included 25 pounds of bull testicles that were sliced by hand and then roasted (by Wynkoop sous chef Andrew Langlo) before being added to the beer’s mash.

“So how does it taste? Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite,” said Wynkoop spokesman Marty Jones.

According to the company, the beer is 7 percent alcohol by volume and has 3 BPBs. That’s balls per barrel.

The beer is only available at Wynkoop Brewing Company and at the Great American Beer Festival, Oct.

11-13, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

“We hope you go nuts for it,” Jones said. — Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor