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French brewery is using algae to produce blue beer

By T.K. Randall
February 10, 2022 · Comment icon 7 comments

Hoppy Urban Brew has revealed its latest creation, however it is unclear how many people will actually drink it.
We've seen some unusual types of alcoholic beverage over the years, but this unique blue-colored beer, which is made using algae with a naturally-occurring pigment, is perhaps the strangest yet.

Known as 'Line', the beer was created through a collaboration between French firm Etika Spirulina - which grows the algae - and Hoppy Urban Brew (HUB) - which produces beer.

The idea was to make the beverage more distinct - and it certainly seems to have worked.
"It's getting an enormous amount of interest and curiosity on the part of the public," said HUB employee Sebastien Verbeke.

The algae using in the drink is called spirulina and is typically used in dietary supplements.

According to HUB employee Mathilde Vanmansart, the resulting beer is "hoppy, light, and with fruity notes", while the algae itself is undetectable save for the unique coloration.

Whether 'Line' is likely to become a popular choice for consumers however remains to be seen.

Source: Reuters | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
There was no head on that beer.  Probably no flavor.  They are trying to promote algae as a dietary supplement.  When I drink beer I want the people making it to be trying to promote beer as a dietary supplement.  Hippies 
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
I’d rather drink Iceland's green peas and pickled red cabbage-flavored beer than this.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Davros of Skaro 2 years ago
I think this will be popular with sea turtle spring breakers.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Orphalesion 2 years ago
That colour is just lovely! I'd drink it if beer didn't taste like rancid horsep*** to me. Any chance they could put that colour on tea?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 2 years ago
French version of Purple Drank?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Lets drink some spotchka !
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hyperionxvii 2 years ago
"Hoppy Urban Brew " Oh boy, more IPA bitter swill, AKA hipster juice. I'll stick with my Carlsberg and Stella Artois thank you.     

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