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Boise brewery to serve freakiest-looking beer in Idaho. Watch what it does in the video

If you're like me, you've never pondered what unicorn flatulence tastes or smells like.

After watching video of Barbarian Brewing's new IPA, I'm more freaked about what it looks like.

The award-winning local brewery plans to unleash Unicorn Farts upon Idaho at two events this weekend. Co-owner Bre Hovley believes that Barbarian is the first Gem State brewery to release an edible glitter beer.

"It’s just something new and fun to try! " she says.

Glitter beers are trendy nationwide. Most breweries, like Durty Bull Brewing Company in Durham, North Carolina, craft the beers with a wink. “We use only the best, locally harvested glitter from free-range, grass-fed raised unicorns,” Matt Pennisi, the brewery's manager, told Craftbeer.com.

Old-school brewers might wince. After all, most spend years striving to create clear, pristine IPAs. But let's face it. With the proliferation of hazy, New England-style IPAs — not to mention the age-old practice of serving green, food-coloring-laced beers on St. Patrick's Day — glitter beers are an obvious next step over the beer rainbow.

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Barbarian Brewing will unleash Unicorn Farts upon an unsuspecting world at its Garden City and Boise taprooms this weekend. The purple beer is an IPA containing edible glitter. Barbarian Brewing

Purple or not, Unicorn Farts doesn't taste bizarre. Barbarian describes the draft-only brew as "a fruity IPA made with Citra, Motueka, Taiheke and Idaho 7 hops, colored with Butterfly Pea flower and edible glitter. No extra fruit was added. It tastes like a juicy East Coast style hazy IPA." It's 6 percent alcohol by volume.

So why does Unicorn Farts spin like an alternate-dimension beer in the video?

"We made the beer swirl to simulate what it will look like when carbonated and poured," Hovley explains. "We poured this out of the brite tank while it was still uncarbonated. We made it for Pride Month, albeit a little late this year!"

OK. Ready to ingest Unicorn Farts?

Barbarian is throwing a 1,000 Day Anniversary Release Party from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at its Garden City brewery and taproom, 5270 Chinden Blvd. Saga, a gin-barrel-aged sour with blackberries and sage, also will be released at the event. Then from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Unicorn Farts will be released at the Downtown Boise taproom at 1022 W. Main St. Touring "scorch folk" band Hogan & Moss and the Old Weird America will perform there.

Still worried about drinking Unicorn Farts? Don't be. Barbarian head brewer James Long knows what he's doing. Barbarian led the way in Idaho by picking up three gold medals earlier this month at the North American Beer Awards.

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