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Taxidermied squirrel beer among new exhibits at museum

The Disgusting Food Museum in Sweden has opened a new three-month ‘disgusting alcohol’ exhibition, featuring a beer sold in a taxidermied squirrel bottle and another made with smoked Icelandic sheep dung and whale testicle.

Other off-putting offerings include South Korean ‘poo wine’, an ancient beverage fermented using children’s faeces and rice, once thought to be medicinal, a wine made using an overripe orange and fermented in a prison toilet, a spit-fermented Peruvian cornmeal beer and a Ugandan gin made from fermented bananas.

Director of the museum in the city of Malmö, Andreas Ahrens, said the exhibition is intended to help visitors examine their relationship with alcohol by showing them the extreme measures some have taken to get drunk.

“People are very desperate to get drunk around the world,” he told the Associated Press. “So whenever we find ourselves in a situation where there is no alcohol, we get quite inventive and we’ve been doing this for millennia.”

The exhibition opened on 5 September and tickets are available online. The museum itself opened in 2018 and is dedicated to displaying 80 of the world’s most stomach-churning foodstuffs, including bull penis and maggot cheese.

Visitors are even given the chance to smell and taste some of the foods on display. The museum proudly displays a blackboard charting the number of days since a visitor last vomited. The museum has recorded a total of 98 vomits to date.

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