Eating AND Drinking Dulse Seaweed

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. 

Eating Dulse

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

dulse seaweed

 

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!

 

Drinking Dulse

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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shore dulse seaweed beer

 

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. 

 

shore dulse seaweed beer

 


 

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. 

COMMENT BELOW with the most unique beer you have ever had/heard of!

30 comments
  1. I will never be eating it again lol but everyone should def try it once!

    1. You may change your mind when you try drinking it!

  2. Had never heard of Dulse seaweed before but your post has been very informative, it has roused my curioisty for sure.

    1. Well, if you ever find yourself in Ireland, give it a try! Thanks for reading Bhavi and happy travels!

  3. I have never heard of Dulse seaweed before, and never ever heard of drinking seaweed, but the way you described that beer, I might want to try and drink it 😉 Sounds too good!

    1. Louise, the beer is by far the way to go. I hope one day you can enjoy it yourself! Thanks for reading <3

  4. I’ve never heard of Dulse before, and by your post, not sure whether I want to try it! Still, when in Ireland, if I see it, I will try it!

    1. I think that is the right attitude to have, why not? Right? Cheers!

  5. Damn, I’m intrigued! With these diametrically opposed opinions on the Web, I definitely should try it, both drink and eat! Thanks for letting me kniw!

    1. Cheers Ivan, I hope if you do try it that you enjoy it! Happy travels x

  6. It does not sound tasty at all. And a beer that Dulse in it? Sounds gross! ahaha
    I’m like the most pickiest beer drinker in the world, so no stories from about trying unique beers unfortunately.

    1. Ha ha, well we like what we like and there is no harm in that. Seaweed beer probably isn’t the best first step into crazy beers, but it was worth it! Happy travels Amber!

  7. I’m not very experimental with my beers–I always drink the same one or two–but I would try the Dulse just to have tried it!

    1. Tracey, I think life is too short not to at least try it, right? That is a GREAT attitude, happy travels!

  8. I always like learning about unique food products. This one sounds interesting to try…even if its just once 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading Chef Mireille; I have to agree, who knows you may enjoy it more than you think! Happy travels x

  9. I like dried sea weed. However, I’m not so sure of dulse, given it sounds as if it was moist, since I’m not really a fan of slimy textures. But would certainly be up for trying it once.

    1. Denny, this was exactly my opinion. It wasn’t as much slimy as it was chewy, but still not what I wanted! I think I will stick to my dried seaweed. Happy travels!

  10. Sounds like quite an interesting drink you’ve sampled there. I’m a big fan of seaweed, but it sounds like it’s not that great a drink based on what you’ve said there. Nevertheless, I’m always up for an adventure by trying local cuisines, so I’ll definitely give dulse a shot when I’m in the area!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Nathan, I quite enjoyed it but it may not be for everyone. That is the best way to know the culture, in my opinion, to try the local cuisine! Enjoy your travels and thanks for reading x

  11. Oh god, only in Ireland! 😀 Shout out to your courage and dedication to the experiment 😀

    1. Ha ha, it was something I was more than happy to do for those who wouldn’t like to try it themselves. Who knows, maybe you will try it one day too! Happy travels x

  12. I am not a beer girl, but this sounds super interesting…Lol I haven’t been to Northern Ireland yet, but I so want to!

    1. Sierra, it is one place I continue to return to. Call it what you will, I love that place and couldn’t encourage you more to go yourself! Even if you aren’t a beer girl! x Happy travels

  13. Never heard about it but it must taste so good, we love seaweed so that one has to be similar 😀
    Great post!
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    1. I love seaweed too, I hope one day you can try SHORE or something similar. Cheers and happy travels Paricia and Miguel!

  14. Pretend they’re kale chips 😄. I’ve had salted and sugared seaweed. They were ok actually. So long as it’s clean, right? Plus, you can make it into a fruit smoothie. Hmmn. Something to try in Eire, then.

    1. Kemi; I think if I tried to work with it I would have found a way to enjoy it, next time right? Ha ha, I hope one day you can try it yourself! Thanks for visiting, happy travels!

  15. Wow, this is truly interesting. I heard about seaweed and I’ve tried it befor, but not the color red seaweed or they call it Dulse. I have not heard about this one before and for me who have tried a seaweed before might one to try this one as well. I couldn’t imagine drinking the seaweed wine, it must be really an amazing experience. If I get the chance to go to Ireland, I will surely try this.

    1. LaiAriel; I encourage you to take the chance if you get it, Ireland is a great place. Plus, they have more options than just seaweed to eat [and drink] too! Happy travels x

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