Have you ever heard of Dulse? I hadn’t until I came to Northern Ireland. Dulse is a red seaweed harvested here on the North Coast of Ireland [and similar climates.] It can be eaten fresh, but it is usually dried before eaten.
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I actually love seaweed; regularly I enjoy dried seaweed as a snack. Trying dulse was something that I was excited about! I started asking around a bit, some locals claimed to enjoy it and others laughed when I brought it up. ‘It’s eaten by tourists now‘ was a common response. We DID have to buy it in a tourist shop.
Because there were so many mixed reactions around the taste of it, I decided to film myself trying it for the first time with my partner, Adam, who had tried it before. He knew dulse wasn’t his thing, but I made him eat it anyway. *CLICK PHOTO TO OPEN REACTION VIDEO IN NEW TAB * or HERE
SPOILER ALERT; I was not a fan of dulse. I do think if I could play around with it in the kitchen, I could use it as an ingredient. However, on its own, it reminds me of what I imagine goldfish food tastes like. Bleh. One of the only foods I have had to spit out!
Yes, you did read that correctly. Even through my unpleasant experience of eating dulse, I was still optimistic about my relationship with the seaweed. When I heard that Lacada, a local beer brewery that I am quite fond of, released a dulse beer; I knew I would love it.
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Their Dulse Stout is called SHORE and was a beautiful collaboration beer with several brewers. On their website they state, “We want it to make people think and taste the shore, salt spray, driftwood bonfire.…..hooo, yea…in a beer. ” It was chocolately, malty, sweet, and salty; almost like eating a chocolate and sea salt bar of dark chocolate.
Drinking Dulse in the form of a beer was definitely the way I preferred, even loved! In fact, I will probably go out and get another one tomorrow.
SHORE, Dulse Stout is one of the most unique beers I have ever had.
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