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?
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.