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It looks like sanity has been restored in Iceland, Green Monsters. Last week, we reported that Icelandic brewery owner Dabjartur Arilíusson, in conjunction with notorious whaler Kristjan Loftsson, had decided to begin marketing “whale beer” to celebrate the Norse festival of Thorrablot.

At that time, Arilíusson boasted that his latest product was a “unique” beer, which would “include, among other things, whale meal. Whale meal is very protein rich, and has almost no fat in it. That, along with the fact that no sugar is added, makes this a very healthful drink, and people will be true Vikings drinking it.”

He has undoubtedly been left red-faced, then, by Icelandic health authorities’ finding that his beer has failed health regulations, and is unfit for human consumption.

Helgi Helgason, of the Public Health Authority of Vesturland, said, “The conclusion is that all ingredients used for human consumption should comply with food legislation and originate from recognized suppliers. Hvaulr Inc doesn’t have a license to produce whale meal for human consumption; therefore we have to stop this.”

Naturally, whale conservation organizations have been whole-heartedly celebrating this decision. Vanessa Williams-Grey of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, who earlier lamented the fact that a “beautiful and endangered” animal such as the fin whale could be turned into an ingredient on the side of a beer bottle, has now expressed her delight that “this offensive and outrageous product has been stopped in its tracks.”

Arilíusson meekly concedes, “If this is the conclusion, we naturally have to abide by it.” No more talk of being a “true Viking,” then.

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6 comments on “YES! Icelandic Whale Beer Deemed ‘Unfit for Human Consumption’”

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Leah Phillips Gussett
4 Years Ago

I never saw this when I was there. Harry Gussett Did you?

Kelly Futrell
4 Years Ago

Isn't this unfair to Viking heritage????

Viviana Alverde Holm
4 Years Ago

Good to know it's banned

Govita Rubio
4 Years Ago


Ralph B Sawtelle Sr
4 Years Ago

Your right about the Whales.

Vasu Murti
4 Years Ago

How about vegan or cruelty-free beer? Around 1999 or 2000, there was a discussion on an email list for pro-life vegetarians and vegans regarding PETA's "Got Beer?" campaign. Parodying the dairy industry's "Got Milk?" campaign, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign urged college students to drink beer (which is cruelty-free) in place of milk (which is not cruelty-free). PETA took a lot of flack for this campaign, especially from groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)! I commented that while I disagreed with PETA's approach, I understood their point: distinguishing between a harmless recreational activity (drinking a beer) Vs unnecessarily torturing or killing animals (consuming dairy products -- although the analogy of circuses, or animal experimentation makes this point clear). G.K. Chesterton would have understood PETA's point. Often at odds with his nemesis, George Bernard Shaw, a vegetarian and a teetolaler, Chesterton, a Christian, once admitted: "There is a very strong case for vegetarianism as compared with teetolalism. Drinking one glass of beer cannot by any philosophy be drunkenness; but killing one animal can, by this philosophy, be murder."


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