The Outer Edge

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Every week, we order beer, put away beer, talk about beer, and sell beer, thus giving us a pretty decent overview of what's happening in the world of beer. Lots of what's happening is absolutely awesome: flavorful, bold, anything-but-boring brew. Some other things are just...weird.

Let's start with the names. Today alone, we unpacked beers named Pinkie Swear, Wild Beary, and Hip & Wisen. (Yay, Revival Brewing!) Earlier this week, we saw Mercury Rising, Mindset Project, Peregrine, and Sunday Paper. And my all-time favorite is still an imperial stout called Even More Jesus. How do you get there? 'Gee, this beer has some Jesus, but I feel like it needs even more.'?

Ingredients are also interesting. Exotic combinations of hops. Hops in new, concentrated forms: cryo-extracted hop oil, lupulin hop powder. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, spices, and every fruit known to man. All of these are utterly mainstream, commonplace ingredients. It is now possible to purchase beers made from or with pizza crusts, mustard seeds, hot peppers, hemp, or vindaloo curry. Some of these are odd for the sake off oddity. Others are actually excellent. When in doubt, we'll give it a try to ascertain which is which.

Do we have an outer limit for weirdness? Yes, we do, and earlier this week, we reached it.

First came news that Polish brewery Order of Yoni has started an IndieGoGo campaign to fund production of a beer made from a woman's vaginal yeast. Not just any woman, but Czech model Alexandra Brendlova, who was judged to 'have all the desired instincts we wanted to frame' in the new beer. Early donors to the IndieGoGo campaign will have an opportunity to have a more 'personalized' beer made from their own or a significant other's 'material'. Ew. Pass.

Then Denver's Wynkoop Brewery released cans of its 'famous'-their words-Rocky Mountain Oyster stout. Never had a rocky mountain oyster? They have no shells and no acquaintance with the ocean, either. About the only thing they have in common with sea-going oysters is an oddly chewy texture. Although the resulting beer is described as 'deliciously creamy, due to the added protein', I think we'll pass on this one, too.

Even breaded, deep-fried, and dipped in sauce, rocky mountain oysters just aren't my jam. Please keep them-and all material of a more personal nature-away from my beer.