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9 strange brews from around the world

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 4, 2014, 10:48 a.m.
A woman prepares absinthe at a bar

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Beyond beer

Depending on where you are in the world, beverage choices can seem quite strange — at least to outsiders. Some of these exotic drinks are infused with unusual herbs or even animal parts, and others come from unexpected or hard-to-find sources. From absinthe (shown at left) to the South American corn beer chicha — which includes a step that requires the maker to chew grains and spit them into a pot before they are used — there are many unusual alcoholic beverages in the world worth exploring.