American craft brewing just got a little stranger, and a little less animal-friendly. The brewsters at Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewing Co. have announced the release of a new beer inspired by AMC's zombie smash hit "The Walking Dead": an American Pale Stout made with wheat, oats, flaked barley, organic cranberry and, of course, smoked goat brains. Yes, that's right -- smoked goat brains.
According to a press release, the line of thinking underpinning the brewery's decision was, "Screw it, let's use brains!":
Gourmet mushrooms and potentially hallucinogenic herbs are one thing, but smoked brains... really? Believe it or not, much of the world considers brain to be a true delicacy. Think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but not ridiculous. Many also believe that using every part of an animal not only increases and encourages sustainability, but also honors the animal's life and death.
Apparently, consuming an animal's brain is also a way to honor one's favorite television show. Dock Street Brewing Co. says their new brew is "quite possibly the smartest beer you'll ever drink" -- and we already know that goats are smarter than we're wont to give them credit for being -- but it's unclear if there are benefits to adding the organ to beer.