If you've ever plucked an impressive piece of lint from your naval and thought, "I must find a way to get drunk off of this," you should know about the guys at Australia's 7 Cent Brewery, who found a way to do that. Brewers Doug Bremner, Matthew Boustead, and Brendan Baker are set to debut the new belly button brew at the 2016 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, and describe it best in their beautifully shot promotional video: "sometimes to go forward, you need to be a little bit backward."
They are likely the first brewers in the world to develop a beer from belly button lint (it'd be pretty insane if they weren't).
Bremner assured Mashable of the beer's uniqueness, and whether it appeals to you or not, chemically-speaking he isn't wrong.
I can guarantee there is no other beer in the world that will taste exactly like this beer because it is our yeast and we have cultivated it up.
Here's how and why the process works, as described in their announcement.
Some say why? We say why not?
The process of isolating our own yeast strain involved swabbing samples of each of the brewer’s belly buttons and getting our full science on by streaking out the samples on agar plates. After allowing the plates to incubate, we found all sorts of interesting things growing, including what appeared to be colonies of yeast. Positive controls were used to help us identify yeast colonies and negative controls were used to ensure our techniques were sterile. We selected individual yeast colonies and grew them up until we had pitchable quantities for trial batches.
But how does it taste? Lint-y?
The beer itself is in the style of a new world-ish Belgian-ish Witbier with fresh orange zest and toasted coriander seeds. The yeast exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with the key characteristics being spiciness, clove and light banana esters.
Most importantly, WTF were they thinking?
The inspiration for this beer arose a couple of years ago when Rogue produced their Beard Beer fermented with yeast captured from the brewer’s beard. We tried the beer and instantly started talking about other places you could capture yeast from.
"Yeast is yeast no matter where you get it from...." Truly words to live by.
It won't be on the market for a while, which means you have time to consider if a buzz is worth tasting these guys' shirt litter.