Beer With Lizards – A Growing Trend?

Trends come and go in the beer biz…but we gotta admit we didn’t see this recent beer phenomenon coming … and only time will tell if it’s going to catch on in a big way.

It was only two weeks ago when we reported on Donna Metcalfe, a New Zealand woman who discovered a dead lizard wasting away at the bottom of a bottle of Pure Blonde beer that she had almost finished.

As we detailed then, that lizard was found in a popular low calorie lager is brewed by Carlton & United Breweries, a subsidiary of Foster’s Group, which in turn is owned by the global brewing giant AB InBev.

Howeevr we did  take some solace in the fact that this unfortunate incident took place continents away.

But now it appears that the beer lizard phenomenon has reached our shores – clearly this ttend is growing.

The Consumerist is reporting that a California man filed a lawsuit last week, claiming he’s found TWO gecko lizards in a can of Heineken he’d purchased from Ralph’s Grocery store, which is owned by Kroger.

Upon drinking his can of Heineken he “noted that the beer had a foul taste,” and experienced “severe abdominal pain followed by vomiting.”

Thankfully his daughter was on hand to examine the can of beer he’d been drinking, (especially while he was suffering from bouts of extended vomiting) and according to the lawsuit, she found TWO lizards marinating in the Heineken lager.

And unlike the New Zealand incident, where the carcas was bloated beyond recognition, the lizards found in the can of Heineken appear to have been “leopard geckos” a crepuscular, ground-dwelling creature naturally found in the highlands of Asia and throughout Afghanistan.

How this exciting new addition to the brewing process made its way halfway around the world and into a can of Heineken is for the legal experts to ascertain, but clearly lizards in beer is fast become a thing.

Leopard Gecko

Where this new lizard beer trend goes is anyone’s guess.

It might just be a temporary fascination soon to be discarded by today’s fickle beer-drinking public or the beginning of something more compelling…

But rest assured, we’ll be monitoring this emerging beer development closely.


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