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National Beer Day: Five oddest beers

By Daniel Uria

April 7 (UPI) -- April 7 marks National Beer Day in the United States, an unofficial holiday celebrating the end of the Prohibition.

The Cullen-Harrison act in 1933 allowed Americans to purchase beer again and beer enthusiasts throughout the world have spent the following decades brewing the alcoholic drink in creative and unusual ways.

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In honor of National Beer Day, UPI Odd News presents five of the strangest and most unconventional beers to be produced since the beverage was made available for purchase again more than 80 years ago.

1. A brew made just for you

Photo courtesy of Meantime Brewing Company

England's Meantime Brewing Company exemplified how science has advanced the brewing process by creating beers using genetic profile data from the customer's DNA.

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The brewery partnered with genetics firm 23andMe to assess the gene known as TAS2R38, which is responsible for oral taste receptors to design a beer catered to an individual customer.

"If you want to make a beer you're going to love, you have to really mean it and go the extra mile -- in this case, determine your genetically determined taste preferences first," Brewmaster Ciaran Giblin said. "There are lots of people talking about the potential that genetic testing has on what we consume but I thought the best way to test some of the theories was to get on and brew something."

Meantime's personalized beer experience begins at $31,285 and includes additional charges for extras such as pint glasses molded to the shape of the customer's hand and a custom-designed label for their personalized beer.

2. Sweden's squeaky clean "Shower Beer"

Photo courtesy PangPang/Snask

PangPang brewery in Sweden also sought to cater to beer drinkers' specific tastes by providing a beer, that also serves as conditioner, meant to be consumed in the shower.

The brewery described the "Shower Beer" as "a sweet but strong pale ale in a [6 ounce] small bottle meant to gulp in three sips while standing in the shower getting ready for the night."

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The practical beer, which sold out within minutes, can serve as a conditioner in addition to providing a flavor profile specifically designed for the shower.

"The beer is heavily hopped with citrus, and has a citrusy, soapy, and somewhat herbal profile," Fredrik Tunedal said. "I designed the recipe so that it can also be us as a conditioner, so if you are into looking good rather than feeling good, I've thought of you too!"

3. A whale of an idea

Photo courtesy of Robe Town Brewery

A brewery in Australia sought to harness the taste of "whale vomit" or ambergris to create a special beer with a "challenging" taste.

Robe Town Brewery released a limited run of "Moby Dick Ambergris Ale" brewed using ambergris, a substance which is excreted by sperm whales and most commonly used in perfumes.

"When I heard that ambergris was used in the perfume industry, I thought 'I wonder if that could be used to flavor or spice up a beer," Maris Biezaitis of Robe Town Brewery said. "It was a relatively fresh piece, quite a smelly piece, so it was airing and curing in the backyard before I got hold of it."

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The strange brew received a "mixed reaction" but the brewery said it had enough ambergris to brew batches for several more years.

4. Brewed from a belly button

Screenshot: 7 Cent Brewery/YouTube

The 7 Cent Brewery in Victoria, Australia, looked inward during their creative process to develop a beer brewed using yeast from belly button lint.

Doug Bremner, co-founder of 7 Cent, assured the strains of yeast used in the Belly Button Beer were sterile and said the company had plans for a wide release.

The beer was created from a "completely unique yeast strain" creating a flavor which "exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with the key characteristics being spiciness, clove and light banana esters."

"The orange zest and coriander seeds were used to help complement the yeast and a calculated amount of Riwaka and Mosaic hops were added to increase the citrus qualities and give it a refreshing hop kick," the brewers said. "Four different grains were also used to add both body and complexity including: barley, wheat, oats and rye."

5. Czech model's "Bottled Instinct"

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Photo courtesy of The Order of Yoni

Warsaw-based company The Order of Yoni-- "Yoni" being a Sanskrit word for "vagina" -- launched a crowdfunding campaign to brew a beer using lactic acid bacteria from the vagina of a Czech model.

The company sought $170,000 through IndieGoGo to produce a beer they dubbed, Bottled Instinct, using lactic acid bacteria collected from the vagina of Alexandra Brendlova.

"We have discovered a process of transmission of her essence of her femininity, her instincts by isolation of lactic acid bacteria from her vagina," the company said. "Our laboratory isolates and multiplies the bacteria in a safe way."

The Order of Yoni said the initial run of beers would include sour ales, lambics, flanders ales and sour stouts and each bottle of beer will be stamped with Brendlova's name as well as "the date of the collection of her vaginal swab."

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