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A seasonal beer containing smoked whale testicles to hit stores

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  • Bottoms up!  Icelandic micro-brewery Steðji has begun to produce the beer Hvalur 2, which contains smoked whale testicles. Photo/Steðji

According to Fréttablaðið, the Icelandic micro-brewery Steðji has begun to produce the beer Hvalur 2, which contains smoked whale testicles. The beer is produced for the Icelandic mid-winter festival Þorrablót, and is not being made for export. 

This is the second consecutive year Steðji creates a beer from whale products. Last year the brewery launched Hvalur, a beer containing whale meal. However, the Ministry of Industries and Innovation banned the sales of the beer as whale hunting company Hvalur hf. did not have authority to sell whale meal to Steðji. Many environmental groups, local and international, also criticised the brewery’s use of whale meal in its products.

Dagbjartur Arilíusson, Steðji’s owner, says the brewery’s aim was to create a “traditionally Icelandic beer” for the mid-winter festival, which begins on 23 January. 

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