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Aussie Scientists Have Made A Beer Out Of Seaweed, For Some Reason

It seems there’s no lengths we won’t go to for a cold one -- even to the bottom of the sea.

The brains trust at Brisbane’s Newstead Brewing Co has teamed up with an actual brains trust from the University of the Sunshine Coast to make a beer out of seaweed.

The best bit is it tastes nothing like actual seaweed.

It’s a wheat beer. It feels a bit heavier going in, takes a bit longer to get through, but would be quite nice to nurse on a warm afternoon.

Moreton Bae gose, developed by Newstead Brewing and University of Sunshine Coast. Photo: 10 News First

The seaweed was actually used in the brewing process, with the plant itself acting more like a tea bag. USC researchers grew 20 kilograms of the stuff in a special facility, where it soaked up nutrients and filtered out the sodium from the seawater.

It was steeped in more water to get all the good bits out, with that liquid used to brew the beer.

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They do throw in the seaweed itself too, which gives it a bit of a different after taste. We did some rough maths and there’s about seven milligrams of seaweed in each can.

“It’s not the same as putting it in a cracker or anything. You’re using the seaweed as a flavour additive, so a small amount of something can have a big taste,” USC Associate Professor Nick Paul said.

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The brains on the beer side of the equation had a more hectic description for their creation.

“Naturally it’s quite salty. There’s some marine volatiles, some sulphurous compounds. There’s sort of a full umami flavour which can be found in the seaweed,” mused Newstead’s head brewer Simeon Bonetti.

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Obviously it’s a full strength beer, so it’s not like they’re going to say it’s good for you -- but the idea of using seaweed for its health benefits in other less boozy products is one that researchers want to look into more.

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“This beer is definitely something we’ll be looking at from a health point of view because of the minerals inside it," Paul said.

“There’s a real drive to get salt out of our diets now, which is actually just removing sodium. The minerals are hydralytes. I do know of a study which used beer to rehydrate athletes, so maybe that’s the next step."

They’ve only brewed 1000 litres of their Moreton Bae gose, so you’ll be hard pressed getting your hands on one.

If it quenches your curiosity -- it tasted a lot like a Hoegaarden with a strange back story.