No, you didn’t read that heading wrong, the 7 Cent Brewery in Gisborne South, Victoria has created a beer by using the belly button fluff of its employees. Please take some time to process this information, take all the time that you need.
Why? According to the company’s blog, “Some say why? We say why not?” Well, that settles that question, I guess.
“We are really interested to see if the idea of drinking something that originated from a brewer’s belly button is too much for even the most hardened beer geek,” says the website.
It gets worse. In order to isolate the yeast strain, the brewery founders Doug Bremner, Brendan Baker and Matthew Boustead took swabs of their belly buttons and allowed them incubate on agar plates.
Among other disgusting growths, the brewers found small colonies of yeast which were then tested to make sure they were sterile. A revolting, yet totally safe beverage was born.
“It’s perfectly safe. We weren’t really sure if we were going to see it work and we were really stoked that it actually did work,” says Bremner.
I know what you’re thinking; what does it taste like? You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s more akin to BO rather than beer, but Bremner reckons it “exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with key characteristics being spiciness, clove, and light banana esters.” Make of that what you will.
Other ingredients include orange zest, coriander seeds and a “calculated amount of Riwaka and Mosaic hops” in order to “increase the citrus qualities and give it a refreshing hop kick.”
Still not convinced? The creators say get over it, you’re all drinking dinosaur piss anyway.
“Once you get used to the idea that yeast is yeast no matter where you get it from and that the water we drink is really recycled dinosaur urine, then you can just sit back and enjoy the beer… in theory.”