You may recall Wynkoop Brewing's April Fool's joke, which pranked everyone into believing that the Rocky Moutain Oyster Stout brew, made with real bull testicles, was real. (Even a fully produced video of the brewing process had us believing it.) Turns out, the Denver brewery wasn't lying — it's coming out for real.
The beer will make its big premiere at the Great American Beer Festival in two weeks, but will be released Oct. 8. Marty Jones, the pitchman behind Wynkoop, explained in a release that the local dish really was the ideal ingredient for a local brew — so they decided to be "ballsy" and try it. (Their words, not ours.) "As we joked in the video, we really do love to make beer with uniquely local ingredients," he said. "Rocky Mountain Oysters (aka fried bull testicles) are arguably our state’s most popular local dish. They’ve also been enjoyed by humans for centuries. So they’re a dream-come-true ingredient for a Wynkoop beer."
In addition to the 25 pounds of hand-sliced and roasted bull testicles used in the brew, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout was made with local base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, and Styrian Goldings hops. How does it taste? According to the release, the beer is "an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlúa, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite."
Dare to be bold and try it? Get in line; the small-batch brew is only eight barrels. If you still need convincing, you can check out the original April Fool's video here.