Oxbow Brewing in Maine is serving up beer brewed 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 during the brewing process.
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.
The Salvation Army’s Chicago area division says donations through its Red Kettle Campaign are down 13 percent over last year.
So far, the bell ringers have received about $4.1 million in those familiar red pots. That’s compared with $4.6 million last year at this time.
Spokeswoman Dee McKinsey told the Associated Press she believes the bad weather and the economy are the culprits.
But the Huffington Post suggests that widespread publicity about the Salvation Army’s anti-gay positions are also cutting into the charity’s take this winter. A number of activists nationwide, including Chicago’s Andy Thayer, have been publicizing those policies in recent months.
HuffPo cites evidence that an active social media campaign opposing the Salvation Army drove donations sharply lower in that city and nation-wide last year.
The Salvation Army’s website says, “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex.” It goes on to say that while the group “does not consider same-sex orientation blameworthy in itself,” it suggests that gay followers “embrace celibacy as a way of life.”
“You can say you are the nicest Christian organization in the world, but if you are sending a message that some people are more equal than others–that is not acceptable,” Thayer told Chicagoist in November.