Seaweed Beer Now Exists to Fulfill All of Your Kelp-Based Ale Dreams

By: Lawrence Bonk

Beer can be made from a great many ingredients, including coffee, chocolate and, uh, even brains. However, until now, there has been no significant push to make beer out of seaweed. This is probably because people tend to view seaweed as that annoying stuff you get your foot stuck in at the beach and not a delicious ingredient for adult beverages. One Maine brewery sees things a bit differently.

The Marshall Wharf Brewing Company just released a new beer called Sea Belt. The brew starts with a fine Scotch ale and then, well, they throw in a bunch of dried kelp. Sixty pounds of seaweed goes into every 200 gallons of ale, which results in a saltier than average brew that may cause you to start quoting soliloquies about Moby Dick.

Of course, this company is no stranger to bizarre concoctions. Once a year they brew a batch of their infamous Pemaquid Oyster Stout which, surprise, is made from live oysters.

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