There are two things that are usually nearby when Louisiana people get together. One of the items is seafood & the other is beer. It seems like almost every weekend there’s a festival or gathering at someone’s house. Good food, good times & good music are the secret ingredients that visitors remember when they’re back home.
If you ask someone how many ways there are to use the wonderful seafood that’s found throughout Louisiana, you’ll probably fall asleep before they finish telling you their list. You can find seafood in every way imaginable but so far it hadn’t been widely used as a flavoring for beer… until recently. It is hard to believe that someone beat the creative Cajuns to making a beer with a seafood component but a brewery in Maine has done just that.
When you think of Maine the picture in your head is of delicious lobsters with a side of melted butter. It makes your mouth water just to think of it. While lobster should be the state food of Maine, they also have quite a few good breweries. What could be more perfect than a combination of both?
Thanks to some creative folks at Portland’s Oxbow Brewing Company you can now have your lobster & drink it too. They have come up with a beer made from live lobsters & sea salt. It’s a limited edition brew available at their taproom. According to Brewmaster Tim Adams the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a kettle full of boiling wort during the brewing process.
Before you shake your head & moan about the waste of lobsters, there is good news. The lobster meat that was left when the process was over got eaten. There’s no mention of how the lobster tasted after being “brewed” but the beer is reported to have a slight briny sweetness from the lobster & salt.
It’s clear that Louisiana now has a challenge- to use some of the wide variety of seafood & seasonings to brew a beer that will top the “Saison Dell’Aragosta” lobster beer from Maine. It’ll be interesting to see if there will be a Louisiana crawfish or alligator beer to rival Maine’s claim to fame.
After hearing about this latest “creative” flavoring, Brendan Spaar decided to see what other things have been used to give a new taste to an old beverage. It’s hard to believe that someone would actually drink some of these on the list.
Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffe Porter
Tom Seefurth’s Mamma Mia Pizza Beer
Tex Mex Siesta Prickly Pear Lager
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout
Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
When you’re planning your next party you might want to add one of these to your list. You’ll definitely get some conversations started & might find a new favorite.