Avocado Ale: Is Angel City Brewing Company’s Guacamole Beer Any Good?

By Philip Ross on August 20, 2013 7:52 PM EDT

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Avocado Ale is brewed from the ripe, green avocado fruit. (Photo: Flickr/olle svensson)

Avocado Ale - based on your feelings towards avocadoes (and, equally, beer), the very name of it either titillates your taste buds or triggers your gag reflex. It's the latest libation to come out of Los Angeles, and we can't help but wonder: Is Avocado Ale even good?

The Los Angeles Times reports that Avocado Ale is made from - you guessed it - fleshy, green avocadoes.  There are some other ingredients in there too that you'd find in a bowl of guacamole, like cilantro.

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The peculiar swill is brewed at Angel City Brewery, located in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles. According to The Daily Meal, Avocado Ale is the brainchild of brewmaster Dieter Foerstner, who comes from a family of California avocado farmers.

So is beer made from the same stuff as guacamole any good?

"Was it the best beer I've ever had?" Alan Newman, owner of Angel City Brewery, said in an interview. "I'm not going to lie. No, it wasn't."

He added: "Was it interesting? Ya, it was damn interesting."

But Foerstner begs to differ. "That beer is just crisp, clean, delicious," he said. "I hit what I was looking for. It's just such a beautiful beer."

Want to find out what the Avocado Ale tastes like for yourself? Head to the annual Avocado Festival in Los Angeles on Aug. 24. Or, find it at stores in the Los Angeles area for about $9 or $10.

Avocado Ale isn't the first unconventional beer to hit the market. IScience Times reported earlier this year on a beer that debuted in Japan made from - wait for it - elephant poop. Well, it's actually made from coffee beans that are grown from elephant poop. But still - at some point, the ingredients in that beer were in contact with elephant poop.

Times notes there's even a peanut butter cup coffee porter brewed outside Cleveland, and a key-lime pie beer made in Michigan.

Would you give Avocado Ale a try?

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