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Portland, Maine, brewer makes beer out of live lobsters, sea salt in Italian collaboration

Maine-based Oxbow Brewing is offering a beer brewed with live lobsters and a dash of sea salt. It's a saison-style beer that the brewer hopes will capture two classic Maine summer flavors. (AP Photos/Patrick Whittle)

Maine-based Oxbow Brewing is offering a beer brewed with live lobsters and a dash of sea salt. It's a saison-style beer that the brewer hopes will capture two classic Maine summer flavors. (AP Photos/Patrick Whittle)  (The Associated Press)

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 (say-ZAHN')-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.