Roadkill Beer

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I ask you all to keep an open mind with this one.

Have you heard this story about BrewDog, the Scottish brewing company that has created a beer with a 55% alcohol level? Impressive. But that’s not what I want you to keep an open mind about. Because it isn’t so much the alcohol level that is making the news, it’s what they are serving the beer in.

Because instead of just serving the beer in a bottle, BrewDog decided to stuff its beer into the carcasses of dead squirrels. Yeah, real ones. That used to be alive. And eat acorns.

I guess there are a couple of questions that you might have. For one, on a more serious level, what are the ethical implications of this? Doesn’t it just seem a tad cruel to use the squirrel’s body if you aren’t even going to be eating it? And of course, why would anyone want to drink something from a dead squirrel?

But these are questions that should be reserved for the bigwigs in Washington. I’m more concerned about Kashrut questions.

While the beer never technically touches the squirrel, are you allowed to drink from a cup that is made from an unkosher animal? You would think it is similar to eating a kosher meal off of an unkosher plate, but the beer never touches the squirrel. So my non-rabbinical judgment would have to say that this beer is kosher.

Gross. But Kosher.

What do y’all think?

Posted on July 27, 2010

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14 thoughts on “Roadkill Beer

  1. The Malkster

    What do I think? I think I’m gonna puke! Actually kinda cool. Never drank beer from a squirrel’s nose before. Come to think of it I never drank beer from anyone’s nose…that I can remember. 55% – way cool, I can give up the single malt for something with a head…a real head. You know there’ll be tons of related bad puns.

  2. Ellen Levine

    Good grief!! Who would want to drink from a dead squirrel? Kosher or not kosher, that is gruesome and repulsive.

  3. David A.M. Wilensky

    The beer doesn’t necessarily touch the squirrel, but I think to be on the safe side you’d have to avoid this particular delightful-sounding beverage. I’ve seen the bottle and it is pretty cool, but if one were keeping kosher, I’d say this ends up being one of those things to build a fence around.

  4. Moikel

    In Europe they drink Belarussian Bear Butt Beer similarly.

    I’m making a special trip.

  5. Cora Krukowski

    I think that a rodent is a rodent and should not be used for human consumption,ot the appearances of, or from anything else for that matter but for the use of the fur that might be taken to keep someone warm in winter for lack of a better use.


    Desecrating an animal’s dead body is gross and an abomination. You obviously believe in a different idea of a grand creator and a benevolent spirit than I do, I find your discussion sick and needlessly creul. It does nothing to enhance a love of nature and animals and certainly not the purity and sterility of food. Thanks but no thanks, try to move the world ahead with peace and good acts, not hate and violence, death and destruction are ever-present and things like making a joke of the demise and caressing of a small animal is a sign of personal psychological malfunction, too bad you don’t have any other outlets or feelings of love or kindness or religious selflessness, it does not reflect well on you or your religious peers. It’s a shame God does not treat you to what happened last century and let you have a taste of how tough the rest of the world works but yet how happy they make others and what contributions they make in peace and order. It’s something for you and yours to think of. YOur tired stupid repetitious ideas are not worth a fart and waste the rest of our time. Not amused, Hekela G.

  7. Neal

    From a marketing poit of view why would anyone pull a “RODMAN” by affending anyone who might be turned off by their rediculous attempt. Gimmiks are a gfood way to get attention from the media, but there are way better ways. There is no humor in this attempt…
    How much more expensive is this because of this addition?

  8. margaret

    I am not Jewish, but, what is wrong with society today? Even the eskimos don’t drink beer from a squirrel. I think the inventors of this are totally “squirrley” and should be charged with animal abuse. Where is green peace?

  9. Tim Beeker

    At 55% alchohol by volume, I’d have to think that for the individual drinker it probably wouldn’t matter what they were drinking from after the first few gulps.

    If a situation wherein items that are kosher are questionable, and they are offensive to the conscience of others then wouldn’t it be best to avoid offending the consciences of others, no matter what freedom we have for ourselves?

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  11. Gee Simone

    @Hekela, I believe this was tongue in cheek, nonetheless for those that do not know, Prince Charles has declared open season on American squirrels in England because apparently they are not only taking over, but they are killing the native English red squirrel who is now in danger of extinction. I believe this is just another Monte Pythonesque act from our cousins across the pond …. that actually brings a lot of laughter in my life. They have to kill off the non-native species anyway, so I think they’re trying to make light of it. And making a few bucks along the way …. quite American of them, no? ^^

    Yes …. my post is also tongue in cheek ya’ll …. ^^

  12. Beth Judith

    This is totally non-Kosher because it is cruel not to mention grossly disrespectful of a dead animal. Who in the world, Jewish or not, would want to drink out of a dead animal? The idea totally grosses me out.

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