PORTLAND — Oxbow Brewing is offering a quicker way to consume two of the Maine’s summertime staples: beer and lobster.

The brewer is producing beer made 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, the liquid made from the mashing process, during brewing. 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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