Like that one friend whose parents let you drink in their basement, a turkey farmer from New Hampshire lets his flock binge drink on lager. Joe Morette, a poultry man from
Heineken Henniker, NH discovered his fowl's predilection for beer when a clumsy bird knocked over a can of suds he and his workers were enjoying on a hot July evening. The bird eagerly lapped up the cool brew and the rest, as they say, is tipsy turkey history.
Morette began the brewski diet back in 1993, serving the birds Coors before switching up to a heartier lager. Besides the supposed enjoyment the turkeys get tying one on each day, Morette claims the resulting meat has more flavor. "Oh, yeah, it's noticeable," he told the Associated Press. "It's not a strong, gamey flavor, it's a nice turkey flavor." Longtime customers like Dan Bourque agree: "We find the gravy is much darker, and much tastier," he said. "The bird overall has a slightly different taste that is very appealing."
An all-beer diet sounds pretty great to us, but can it really be healthy for the birdies? Predictably, PETA isn't down with the drunk turkey diet, but a field specialist in food and agriculture with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension has a more relaxed outlook. "I imagine it's not enough to really make 'em tipsy or anything like that," opines cool dude Carl Majewski. "It's just enjoying a beer with their meal. Why not?" Kathi Brock, national director of farm animal welfare group Humane Heartland, says an avian vet told her "hops could be beneficial for the intestinal tract." Beer: the Activia for turkeys.
This year, Morette has about 50 tippling turkeys bound for the Thanksgiving table in a few weeks. So is the farm like a frat house during rush week? "Turkeys don't seem to be the brightest," explains Morette. "So they could stumble and you wouldn't know if they drank too much or not." Go home turkeys, you're drunk.