A Swedish Museum dedicated to stomach-churning food has added off-putting drinks to its shelves, including wine fermented in a prison toilet.
The museum lin Malomo, Sweden said it wanted people to examine their relationship with booze by seeing the extremes others will go while craving a mind-altering brew.
There is a Ugandan gin made from fermented bananas, spit-fermented cornmeal beer from Peru, and an ancient Korena beverage ferments from children’s feces and rice, which was previously thought to be medicinal.
As if those were not enough, there is also a strong Scottish brew served from the mouth of a taxidermied squirrel, and an Icelandic beer made with a whale testicle smoked in sheep dung.
According to the Swedish museum director, people can be “very desperate to get drunk” and in such a scenario they become “quite inventive”
“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,” he said.
While some of these drinks may be consumed somewhere in the world, it may be considered challenging by the outsiders.
They include bitters such as Fernet Branca, an Italian amaro (herbal liqueur), and Gammel Dansk, which is drunk in Denmark.
While food items at the museum include bull testicles, maggot infected cheese, frog smoothies from Peru, and wine of a baby mice that is consumed in China.
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On the display of the museum is the story os what happened in the Soviet Union when the government closed alcohol stores to reduce drunkenness where man people died after drinking perfumes and varnish.
Talking about strange drinking habits when alcohol is scarce, Mr. Ahrens said: “Some of these things are so normal in some societies. Should it be that normal?
“Why don’t we listen to our brains and go, ‘Hey, if this tastes this way, maybe we shouldn’t drink it?'”