Oxbow Brewing, based in Maine, is offering a new beer made with live lobsters and sea salt in an attempt to capture two of the state’s summertime staples.
The live lobsters are placed in a mesh bag suspended above a kettle of boiling wort (the liquid extracted from the mashing process) as the beer brews, brewmaster Tim Adams told The Associated Press.
The lobster adds a subtle brininess and sweetness to the beer that lobster fans will immediately recognize. The crustaceans used for the brewing process were later eaten, added Adams.
This saison-style beer is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and is only available in a limited basis. It’s made in collaboration with Birrificio del Ducato, a brewery in Parma, Italy.
Oxbow Brewing is an American brewery that specializes in traditional Belgian-style ales with contemporary American influence. The brewery is located in Newcastle and the beers are bottled in Portland, Maine. Oxbow’s brews can be found all along the East Coast.