"We used a food-grade edible glitter, like what bakers use to make glitter cupcakes, cakes, whatever," said head brewer James Long. "We threw that in the beer, and with the carbonation it kind of spins around and cascades. It's a silver glitter so it gives [the beer] a silver shimmer."
Long sourced the glitter from Washington-based Brewers Supply Group, where he said he gets many of his ingredients. A total of 350 grams of glitter went into the one-off batch.
Despite its surface ridiculousness, Long has actually put a lot of thought into the taste of the brew, which relies on butterfly pea flowers—a natural food dye imported from Thailand—to give it its deep, purple-blue color. Overall, he said, it tastes like "a boozy juice box."
"All the hops that we picked had a lot of tropical fruit, citrus [and] juice flavors to them," Long said. "For the style of the beer, we add the hops later in the process so they don't get bitter."
- Bre Hovley
- Unicorn Farts is a deep blue-purple color shot that seems to constantly move in the glass.
The next day, the festivities will continue at Barbarian's downtown taproom when the brew will hit glasses to the tones of "western folk-punk" band Hogan & Moss and The Old Weird America.
Long only made one batch of Unicorn Farts—though he is considering re-creating the brew for next year's anniversary bash—so stop by one of the parties to gulp the glitter before it's gone.