If you drink enough beer, you’ll probably be inspired to dream up some fantastic new inventions that would benefit mankind. For some people, they go beyond merely dreaming and create very unusual beer-related products. Some of these have novelty value, while others are simply quite surreal.
We have compiled 10 of the most bizarre and interesting for your wonder and amusement…
Photo by soultga
1. Beer + Milk = Bilk!
Do you need some extra vitamins and nutrients in your daily diet? Well, perhaps Bilk will help you. Combining the power of beer and milk, this product sounds like something you would drink before bedtime to help you sleep better.
The product was devised by Japanese brewers as a practical solution to a milk surplus problem. Bilk contains 30% milk and is said to look and taste much like regular beer, although it has a milky aroma.
2. Guinness-flavored Marmite
If you have ever tasted Marmite (a food spread made from yeast extract), you either love it or hate it – there is generally no middle ground. So, a Guinness flavored Marmite is targeting a very niche market. For this special edition, Marmite used a recipe with 30% Guinness yeast to provide an alcohol-free Guinness flavor.
Guinness is famous for adding robust flavor to stews, but as something to spread on your toast – an intriguing thought!
3. Fake beer belly
Most people take their time cultivating a beer belly the old fashioned way – by drinking copious amounts of beer. If you’re too impatient for that, or you want to scare your new mother-in-law, then a fake beer belly is the product for you. A novel product for sure, I’m just not sure how many opportunities there would be for wearing it.
4. Beer for dogs
Is your dog jealous of your beer habit? When you crack open a dusty bottle of Leffe, does he look longingly, sniffing the air expectantly? If so, a Dutch brewery has developed beer for dogs, so Rover can join you in enjoying a regular tipple.
Named ”Kwispelbier” (Kwispel being the Dutch word for tail wagging), it’s a combination of beef extract and malt and is tagged as “a beer for your best friend”. Incidentally, the beer does not contain any alcohol, although commands a premium price of $2.14 per bottle!
5. Beer scented candle
With this beer scented candle, you can waft a beery aroma around your home, without spilling a drop of your drink! If that isn’t appealing enough, the Hotwicks website offers some complementary scented candles to help you recreate the mood of some very special locations. Such candles include The Urinal Cake Candle, The Stripper Candle and the Hippie Candle.
6. Beer-filled USB drive
Combining data storage capabilities with in-your-face beer temptation, this Budweiser-filled USB drive is a nifty product placement gadget. However, would you trust your precious files to the risk of spillage? Potential computer-ruining liquid hazard or ingenious emergency beer supply? You decide!
7. The Beer Belt
This belt will help you cut out all of those pesky trips to the kitchen to replenish your empty beer during parties. Also, consider the countless chat-up line possibilities that a full belt of beers can offer.
8. Beer on a stick
Beer can / bottle cozies are well established products with a purpose to keep your beverage cool. However, here’s an alternative product that may appeal to some drinkers. With a design reminiscent of a ratchet combined with a popsicle stick and sporting a very bright yellow color, it will certainly help you stand out among the beer drinkers.
It’s not clear from the image how you could rest your beer-on-a-stick down on any hard surface, but perhaps I’m being pedantic…
9. Pizza flavored beer
The trend for flavored beer has given us some interesting combinations, but I think pizza flavored beer is in a category all of its own. Created by Chicago brewer, Tom Seefurth, the beer is endowed with the essential flavors of a margarita pizza: tomato, oregano, basil and garlic. No prizes for guessing what food pairing they might suggest with this drink.
10. Fake beer for kids
Just when you thought things couldn’t get stranger than dog beer… We’ve all seen humorous photos of small babies holding beer bottles. Well, here’s a product idea that takes things one step further – fake beer for kids. The packaging is designed to resemble a six-pack of beer and the beverage even has a head of foam when poured. The drink itself is merely apple juice, however.
A surefire way to help your kids develop an early fondness for the world of alcohol, this may not help you win parent of the year award.
Here’s the Sangaria TV commercial, showing the kids enjoying their fake beer:
Have we missed out on any other bizarre beer-related products? Have you ever tasted Bilk? Is there anything stranger than fake beer for kids? Let us know by leaving a comment.