Maine brewer makes beer out of live lobsters, sea salt

In this Friday, June 20, 2014 photo, claws from lobster shipped to Maine from Canada are processed at the Sea Hag Seafood processing plant in St. George, Maine. A $7 million bond referendum would provide money for new and expanding businesses. Maine processors say the business is growing, but is still overshadowed by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state’s summertime staples: beer and lobster.

Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt.

Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a kettle full of boiling wort during the brewing process. He says the lobsters add a subtle brininess and sweetness that lobster fans will recognize.

The beer is a saison-style beer brewed in collaboration with a brewery in Parma, Italy. It is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and is available on a limited basis. The beer became available this summer.

Adams says the lobsters that were cooked in the brewing process were later eaten.

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