Tipsy Turkeys; Juiced And Juicier?

HENNIKER, N.H. (November 8, 2013) Joe Morette of Henniker, N.H., who’s raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year, has been feeding his birds beer since 1993, when a turkey knocked over a can left near its fence and started drinking.

Contending that beer bellies aren't just a human phenomenon, Morette insists the beer makes birds fatter, more flavorful and juicier.

He prefers to feed them lagers over light beer, but takes what he can get.

Carl Majewski with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension says the beer doesn't hurt the birds, and probably does affect their size and flavor to some degree, but says juiciness is more a matter of how birds are cooked, not what they drink.


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