Sacrebleu!French breweries use algae to make blue beer

Roubaix, France — French brewers have begun to turn beer blue using naturally occurring pigmented algae.

The beer branded “Line” is the result of a partnership between a company that wants to promote algae as a dietary supplement and a nearby craft brewery that was looking for ways to make the beverage stand out. ..

Beer sells well, said Sebastian Beke, an employee of Hoppy Urban Brew, who makes drinks. “It has gained so much interest and curiosity on the part of the general public,” he said.

The blue tint comes from spirulina, an algae cultivated in the basin by a company called Eticus pilulina in northern France. Next, a blue-giving spirulina ingredient called phycocyanin is added to the beer during the brewing process.

A brewery employee, Matilde Van Mansart, tasted a freshly made beer and described it in hoppy, light, fruity notes, but the only evidence of the added algae was a unique color. ..

Xavier Delanoi, whose farm provides spirulina, said after several test batches, the brewery found a blend that appealed to its customers.

He said 1,500 bottles of blue beer were sold last October-December and are now preparing to increase production to meet demand.

By Ardee Napolitano