Have you ever heard of Dulse? I hadn’t until I visited Northern Ireland. Dulse is a red seaweed harvested that can be harvested on the North Coast of Ireland. It can be eaten fresh, but it is usually dried. After locals hyping up the fact that I ‘have to try dulse,’ I was excited to hear that Lacada Brewery released a Dulse Seaweed Stout. It was the perfect way for me to finally try dulse.
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Discovering Lacada Brewery
I tried Lacada beer the first day I arrived in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Because I was planning to spend a few months in Portrush, I wanted to dive in to the craft beer scene. I found myself at Kiwi’s, my favorite pub in Portrush, where I met Sam (seen below.) Sam was the knowledgable bartender that evening. I told him of my love for dark beer and that I was seeking a local one. That night I chose Lacada Brewery’s Stranded Bunny Porter (which is no longer in production.)
It was love at first sip. After that, I drank Lacada beer whenever I could. They are based there in Portrush, and brew delicious beers that are often named after local landmarks. Sam, the bartender that first night at Kiwi’s, is now one of my BFFs: Beer Friends Forever, good one Sam! I am grateful you encouraged me to drink Lacada.
Drinking Dulse Seaweed Beer
Lacada’s Dulse Stout is called SHORE and was a beautiful collaboration beer with several brewers. I assumed that I would love the beer, because I loved everything Lacada did. On the beer’s description on their website, it states;
We want it to make people think and taste the SHORE, salt spray, driftwood bonfire……hooo, yea…in a beer.
This was the moment to see what passionate brewers can do with a locally found ingredient. YUM! It was chocolately, malty, sweet, and salty. Rather than tasting the sea, you get a slight salt. It nearly reminds me of eating a rich, dark chocolate and sea salt bar.
Because there were so many mixed reactions around the taste of dulse, I decided to taste it on its own prior to drinking it in beer. I convinced my partner at the time, Adam, to eat it with me. He already knew he didn’t like it, but he was a good sport. We filmed ourselves for the reaction. Check it out for laughs ⇓
SPOILER ALERT: I was not a fan. If I could play around with it in the kitchen, I could probably find a good way to use it as an ingredient. However, on its own, it feels like you are eating goldfish food. Bleh. It is one of the only foods I have had to spit out!
Drinking Dulse in the form of a beer was definitely what I prefered, even loved! (I will probably get another one tomorrow.)
SHORE Dulse Stout is one of the most unique beers I have ever had. Would you be interested to try it?
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