Elephant Dung Beer: A Long April Fool’s Joke?

Elephant Dung

Remember when we told you about Wynkoop’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout made with bull testicles? Or how about Rogue’s yeast made with strands of brewmaster John Maier’s beard? Basically what I’m saying is, we’ve seen some crazy shit in beer, but we’ve never actually seen shit in beer. Until now, that is.

Earlier this month, Japanese brewery Sankt Gallen introduced a beer called Un, Kono Kuro, which they advertised as a “chocolate stout.” The main ingredients in Un, Kono Kuro are coffee beans taken from elephant feces.

According to Sankt Gallen, this process breaks down proteins in the beans, giving the beer a smooth, “earthy flavor.”

Un, Kono Kuro

With regards to the beer’s name, Mr. Sato, a writer for the Japanese website, Rocket News 24 says, “It’s a pun on the Japanese word for crap (unko). The name has two meanings phonetically: ‘Yeah, This Is Black’ or ‘Shit Black.’ In English, it would be like saying ‘Blackish, It Is’ (say that really fast a few times).”

Mr. Sato apparently tried the beer and had the following to say, “After taking my first sip there was an initial bitterness that got washed over by a wave of sweetness. Following that, a mellow body rolled in and spread out through my mouth. The combination of bitter and sweet stayed fresh and lingered in my head. It was a familiar aroma that accompanied me through the entire beer.”

I’m thinking it’s a joke, as the beer was released through the Sankt Gallen website on April 1st, and allegedly sold out within minutes. The brewery is claiming that the beer is available on tap at their Tokyo shop, but unfortunately, I know no one in Tokyo to confirm these reports.

If it is an April Fool’s joke, we can’t really blame them. After all, we’ve been known to pull an April Fool’s prank every now and then ourselves. I just want to know so I can call bullshit. Or would it be elephant shit?

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