Almost everybody loves Fried Chicken. Some people love Beer. Now, a Richmond, Virginia beer company is combining the two. The Veil Brewing Co. has begun to put Chick-Fil-A Chicken Tenders into its beer recipe. It is their latest beer experiment created in collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing. Its founder, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is known to flavor beers by throwing odd ingredients into the mash.

Matt Tarpey is the brewmaster at the Veil Brewing Co. that is located at 1301 Roseneath Road in Richmond. He invites those in the surrounding area to stop by the brewing company to sample the new beer or to try some of the older ones as well.

Fried chicken beer

The beer -- named Fried Fried Chicken Chicken -- made its debut last Tuesday. The fried chicken beer is available for a limited time only in the Richmond, Virginia brewery. It comes in 16-ounce cans, and a four pack costs $18.50. If that sounds expensive, consumers should remember that one can is a meal. When a person consumes one can, he is eating his chicken and drinking his beer at the same time.

With only about .4 percent of chicken in the recipe, consumers shouldn't expect to taste much of the fried chicken. The Veil Brewing Co. made only 240 cases of the chicken beer that is selling out very fast.

Odd ingredients in beer

When people drink beer, they have no idea what is in the recipe.

Breweries have been known to put in oysters, bull testicles, goat's brains, pizza dough, coffee beans, donuts, coconuts, bananas, tea leaves, and other odd ingredients.

Why do breweries put odd things in beer? Actually, there are only four ingredients needed to make beer. The basic ingredients include barley, hops, yeast, and water.

Today, many odd ingredients are added. These include grains, fruits, spices, sugar, molasses, syrup, honey, licorice, jalapeño peppers, and flavorings that are often used to enhance the flavor of the beverage. These ingredients are allowed by law in the United States, and it is not unusual that some companies put odd ingredients in their drinks.

They like to experiment with combinations to give their beer a distinct taste.

Some people would rather not know the ingredients breweries use. Instead, they want to consume a cold bottle or can without thinking about those unusual ingredients in the world's oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage.

What do you think about odd ingredients in beer? Would you rather not know what the ingredients are?

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