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Brewed with Balls – the most outlandish beers on the planetbrewed-with-balls-the-most-outlandish-beers-on-the-planet-9781925344622_hr
Stephanie Bishop-Hall
Affirm Press, 2016

Over 15 years ago I sampled ‘Chili Beer’ from US-based brewery Black Mountain Brewing Co that comes complete with a whole jalapeno inside the bottle. The brew was so over-powering with chilli heat that I couldn’t finish it and I all but dismissed it as a novelty. But the beer asked, what other beverage would even attempt this combination? What other beverage would stick their fingers up at the establishment and be bold enough to throw the rule book out the window? When it comes to beer, rules are meant to be broken.

‘Brewed with Balls’ showcases 65 of the best alternate beers from around the world. A short paragraph per beer is included that lists either an unusual brewing method or an unusual couple of ingredients, or both. It’s the perfect coffee table oddity book that doesn’t delve too deeply into any beery technicalities meaning it will appeal to everyone but leaves us nerds a little dry mouthed. Though side-stepping any technical aspects is what will hopefully encourage non-beer drinkers to give beer a chance.

There’s plenty of beers that sound incredible. See ‘Gift of the Magi’ from The Lost Abbey – a yuletide beer that includes the bark of frankincense, and a dash of myrrh. Or see Moon Dog Brewery’s ‘Ogden Nash’s Pash Rash’ brewed with those deliciously sweet Redskin lollies infused throughout.
There’s also plenty of beers that’ll make you nervous yet curious. See ‘Hvalur 2’ from Icelandic brewers Brugghus Stedja who use sheep poo-smoked whale testicles as a key ingredient. Or see ‘Walker’ from Dock Street Brewery that combine goat’s brains and cranberries.
And then there are the beers that defy comprehension. Such as Brewdog’s ‘The End of History’ – a bottle encased within a roadkill squirrel carcass.

The book is a hell of a lot of fun that will at times disgust you, and at times leave you salivating onto the pages. It’s a good reminder of how versatile and fun beer is and opens your mind to the fact that any favour combination is possible.

Mason Hell-Cat.

Pistonhead Kustom Lager - CANPistonhead Kustom Lager
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Brewery info:
Brutal Brewing AB,


Can size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 4.6%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.75 AU

Label info: ‘Custom brewed with a double-clutch of Munchener-malt and pilsner malt injected with spalter select, magnum and perle hops’ 

What the label really means: The description is definitely revving my taste buds into action.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This is the label I have been looking for all these years. Sheer design perfection. The can is a matte black finish with a white sugar-skull inspired design. There are splashes of blood red across the skull’s forehead with a spade motif smack bang between the eyes. The skulls itself is surrounded by a simple silver flame that shoots off behind it. There’s a banner beneath the skull that proudly announces ‘Pistonhead’ in big bold lettering while ‘Kustom Lager’ is in a cursive script beneath. It has a style of tattoo meshed firmly with street art graffiti and works brilliantly. This truly is label perfection. I cannot find a single fault with this and I am proud to hold this in my blood-stained hands.

I give it a label rating of 10 out of 10.Pistonhead - GLASS

AROMA:  Citrussy, musky, good. 

Taste: GLASS – It’s most certainly a very familiar lager encased within this canned beauty. But what is it that distinguishes this from the myriad of lagers in its class? Well…nothing really. It’s a very, very enjoyable drop that is incredibly smooth and has a slight hint of malty goodness, but it’s a bit run of the mill. I guess I expected, and hoped, for more. Still…it’s a great beer that deserves a tasting.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the can Pistonhead loses a good dose of that malty undercurrent and as such becomes a little one-dimensial. It’s still good, it’s just not as strong.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Chilli prawns or chilli beef would suit this well.

Best season to appreciate: A real summer thirst quencher. 

All-nighter beer? Absolutely! Pistonhead slides back very easily. I am most certainly up for the all night challenge.