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The 'world's first transgender beer' has been specially made with hops that change sex

The beer is also ‘non-binary’ because it treads the line between ale and lager.
Nov 4th 2015, 5:23 PM 14,522 40

A SCOTTISH BREWER has brewed what it’s claiming as the ‘world’s first transgender beer’.

The beer is called No Label and is by Brew Dog to celebrate the opening the brewer’s new bar in Soho in London.

The area has long been associated with the city’s LGBT community and the beer has been brewed in a manner that reflects that.

Brewdog explains:

This 4.6% ABV Kölsch has been brewed with hops that have changed sex from female to male flowers prior to harvest. We have used these to emphasise that, just like humans, beer can be whatever the hell it wants to be, and proud of it.

These hops used are called Jester hops and are naturally prone to altering sex while growing.

The brewer goes on to explain that the beer is also brewed with ale yeast but is then cold-conditioned to give it some of the characteristics of a lager.

“The beer draws parallels with individuals who identify themselves in a similar ‘non-binary’ way, as neither exclusively male nor female,” the brewer says in its description of the beer.

All profits from the sale of the beer are being donated to London LGBTI organisation Queerest of the Queer.

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