What’s the Worst Thing You’ve Found in Your Beer (and You Finished it Anyway)?

This happened over a week ago and I still haven’t figured out how something so weird got into my beer.

Here’s the sequence of events: 

  1. I pour one of my wife’s hoard of Dragon’s Milk into my favorite snifter and take the bottle and glass upstairs into the office to start my ill-fated Friday evening.
  2. I place the bottle and the glass on a cabinet and take Daisy the Wonder Poodle outside for her evening constitutional.
  3. I come back into the house, make quick a pitstop in the boys room, and head directly into the office to watch the movie Kick Ass.
  4. As I lift the glass to my mouth to take the first sip, I notice a purpley-brown stalk sticking up from the surface of the beer.  My first thought was that a junebug had flown into the glass, even though it was May.
  5. Bravely, I reach into the glass and fish out the foreign object to discover that it was a badly decomposed leaf.
  6. I take the leaf to the sink and wash it off to confirm that it is indeed a leaf. It’s black and ragged and slick with beer, but it’s definitely a leaf.
  7. I proceed back to the office, eyeball the glass for a moment and proceed on with my evening, finishing the contents of the glass and the bottle.

Now, it’s doubtful that the leaf came from the bottle, but I have no idea how it got there.  Initial pour happened in my brightly lit kitchen, and the glass was sparkling clean.  I live in the middle of the forest and there is plenty of decaying vegetation laying about, so it’s very possible the leaf was from my property.  The dog could’ve brought it in, but I don’t think she went into the office where the beer was, and it was sitting far enough back on the cabinet to escape her fuzzy muzzle.  I tried to puzzle it out, but was baffled.

But that didn’t stop me from finishing the beer.  Dragon’s Milk is tough to get around me right now and I figured a leaf isn’t the worst thing someone’s found in their beer.  Besides, it’s alcohol so it’s self sterilizing, right?  Even if it’s not, I wasn’t gonna waste a nice beer.  I forgot all about it after a few sips.

What about you?  What’s the worst thing you ever found in a beer?  Did you finish it, or did you curse the beer gods and pour it out?




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23 Comments on “What’s the Worst Thing You’ve Found in Your Beer (and You Finished it Anyway)?”

  1. May 23, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    A chili. (Unfortunately) just like the brewer intended.


    • May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

      Ha! I love the heat added to Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, but beyond that spicy beers can be hit or miss (especially if they have a whole chili in them!)

      • May 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

        As a spice fan myself, I do actually like really boozy and chocolatey stouts with a little peppery zing added to them (Huhnapus is obviously the most famous; Stone’s Smoked Porter with chipotles is swell as well) but Crazy Ed’s is horrendous.

        • May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

          Sorry to stray off topic, but Cave Creek Chili Beer is the worst beer I have ever had and it’s not even close. I couldn’t even name a second one in the same ballpark.

        • May 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

          I think Don concurs with that one – not the first time that stinker’s been mentioned here John.

  2. Greg
    May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Just bugs. Remove ’em and keep drinking.

    • May 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      There are worse ways to go than drowning in beer I suppose…

  3. May 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    My reflection


  4. May 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    A leaf? Huh. Can’t say I’ve ever found anything in my beer that shouldn’t have been there. I’m thinking that’s good, and it makes up for all the stuff I DIDN’T find in my takeout food over the years that shouldn’t have been there!

    • May 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      *Shudder* 😦

  5. Scott Ehlke
    May 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Bud Lite

    • Don
      May 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      Been there, done that.

    • May 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      How did you see it? It’s practically transparent!

  6. Don
    May 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Other than the accidental scrunge that is sometimes cemented to the inside of a glass from the dishwasher or the occasional bug or two Nothing too interesting. I try to get that scrunge out whne I see it, but sometimes my hands are too big and the scrunge is really stuck. At that point I either get a new glass or just pour and enjoy the extra protein.

  7. The Wookie
    May 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    A short blonde woman … I finished the beer and married the girl!

    • May 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      You found the secret surprise at the bottom of the glass!

  8. Trevor B
    May 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I found a left-handed cigarette roach in a friends homebrew, I just thought he had made some really shitty beer until I found that surprise

  9. June 3, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    pubic hair of – i swear – unknown origin altho the woman i was dating was known to try voodoo.

    bart / Beer Mystic http://bartyodel3.wordpress.com/

    • June 3, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Well I hope it worked (her spell that is).

  10. Pam
    July 20, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    I happened upon this post and had to comment. My brother once found a bee in his beer. It was dead obviously, but when he drank it, it went in his mouth and he spit it out finding the beer bloated bee!

    • July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      Eww! But I bet he finished the beer!


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