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Tipsy turkeys: NH birds fed beer for flavor, size

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 turkeys are seen drinking beer from a trough at Joe Morette´s farm in Henniker, N.H. Morette is raising about 50 turkeys and gives them beer every day and says it makes the birds fatter and more flavorful. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 turkeys are seen drinking beer from a trough at Joe Morette's farm in Henniker, N.H. Morette is raising about 50 turkeys and gives them beer every day and says it makes the birds fatter and more flavorful. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 turkeys are seen drinking beer from a trough at Joe Morette´s farm in Henniker, N.H. Morette is raising about 50 turkeys and gives them beer every day and says it makes the birds fatter and more flavorful. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Gallery: Tipsy turkeys: NH birds fed beer for flavor, size

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) - You've probably heard of beer-battered fish and beer-can chicken. But how about beer-fed turkey?

Joe Morette (mohr-EHT') of Henniker, N.H., is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year. He's been feeding his birds beer since 1993, when a turkey knocked over a can left near its fence and started drinking.

The way Morette sees it, beer bellies aren't just a human phenomenon, and he 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 (My-EV'-ski) with UNH Cooperative Extension says the beer doesn't hurt the birds, and probably does affect their size and flavor to some degree. But juiciness is more a matter of how you cook the birds, not what they drink.

HOLLY RAMER The Associated Press
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