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Alaska brewery makes kelp-based beer
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 14, 2018 12:01AM

Kodiak Island Brewing Co. in Alaska is making environmentally friendly suds by brewing a kelp-based beer, Sea Level Gose, Alaska Fish Radio reports (

A gose is “a sour, German wheat beer made with coriander and salt.” Ben Millstein, the brewery owner, said, “we used the amount of kelp that we thought would replace the amount of salt.” He is pictured, courtesy of

The kelp comes from Kodiak Island Sustainable Seaweed (, run by commercial fisherman Nick Mangini, whose business motto is “KISS premium sea vegetables are the ocean’s superfood.” But how does that superfood taste in beer?

Well, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker christened and sampled the beer recently. Although he was advised by Millstein to “calibrate his palate” before tasting, it wasn’t necessary, apparently. “It’s very good,” the mayor admitted. “I like it.”


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