Brewery launches smoked brain zombie beer

A Philadelphia brewery has released a new American pale stout infused with smoked goat brains in tribute to the hit US TV show, The Walking Dead.

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The Dock Street Brewing Company said the goat brains, which are cooked over hot coals before being added to the beer mix, give an “intriguing, subtle smoke” flavour to the pale stout, according to a report by The Daily Mail.

The 7.2% beer, named Walker after the TV series’ zombie namesakes, will launch on 30 March to coincide with the season finale of The Walking Dead.

The beer also contains more conventional ingredients including cranberries, which were said to add a “sinister, bloody hue” and “slight tartness”, malted wheat, oats and flaked barley and fuggle hops.

The AMC show, which is set in Georgia and premiered in 2010, is reaching the end of its fourth season and was renewed for a fifth last autumn.

Based on a comic book of the same name, The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic horror drama which follows the trials of a group in southern America as they try to survive living in a world overrun with zombies, known as “walkers”.

Head brewer Justin Low said many of the staff at the Dock Street Brewery were loyal fans of the show.

The Dock Street Brewery isn’t the first to use unconventional ingredients in its brew.

In 2012 John Maier, of Rogue Ales Brewery Company in Newport, Oregon, created a beer using yeast found in his beard, while last year Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Company launched the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, a beer made with roasted bull testicles.

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