This one definitely gets filed under Craft Brewing Business‘s WTF?! Files. Regular CBB readers will no doubt be familiar with the international trend of overseas craft breweries sprouting up, but this has to be one of the craziest craft beer concoctions we’ve come across. Brewery Börg announced the release of Fenrir, soon to be available in the United States for the first time. Named after a Nordic wolf god, Fenrir is an Icelandic Smoked IPA made with a curious new ingredient — malt smoked with droppings from Icelandic sheep.
A common source of fuel in Iceland — which lacks the trees needed for firewood — sheep droppings provide a renewable source of fuel that is often used in smoking to cure meat and fish. The malt is smoked over the animal droppings before being used in the brewing process. Much like beers brewed in Scotland utilizing peat-smoked malt, the technique gives the beer a unique and incomparable full-bodied and nutty flavor. An innovative version of a classic IPA style, Fenrir has a dry hop bitterness that is balanced with rich undertones of smoke.
If you happen to try this smoked sh*t, let us know in the comments below.