Whale Testicle Beer is Now a Thing in Iceland

Beached Whale

Check your calendars. It’s way too early for an April Fool’s joke. An Icelandic beer maker, Brewery Steðji announced last week that they’ll be selling a limited batch of beer flavored with smoked whales’ testicles. This after their failed attempt last year to brew a similar beer with whale meal. 

You read that right. They made the beer, called Hvalur 2, to celebrate Þorri (Thorri in English), the fourth month of winter in the old Icelandic Calendar.

Speaking to Icelandic News Website, Visir, Dagbjartur Arilíusson, one of the owners of Brewery Steðji, said, “We want to create a true Thorri atmosphere and therefore we decided to put smoked testicles from fin whales into the beer for flavoring. The testicles are cured according to an old, Icelandic tradition, lightly salted and then smoked. We put a lot of effort into this and it’s a long process,” Dagbjartur said, adding that each brew had contained one testicle.


Limited quantities of the beer will be available in Iceland starting January 23rd. If we have any Icelandic readers, or people traveling there in the near future, and you’re able to get your hands on some of Hvalur 2, please let us know how it is. Although I’m not sure I’d personally want to try it, it’s not the first Testicle beer we’ve seen, and I wouldn’t hate at least hearing about it.


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Caleb Houseknecht

I'm the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I'm not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I'm usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.

1 Comment

  • Mark October 12, 2018 @ 10:59pm

    Dark amber beer, tasting of roasted barley malt. Rather lightly hopped. A bit of a smokey flavor, with a slight taste of beef-broth, which presumably, must have been the whale part. Nice for a change, but nothing you’d need a whole crate of.

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