MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Zebra mussels have gotten a bad rap for invading area lakes.

Now, a local brewery is putting the invasive species to good use!

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Call it an IPA — or an Invasive Pale Ale.

Excelsior Brewing Company is launching the new ale made with invasive zebra mussel shells pulled fresh from Lake Minnetonka.

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It’s called Milfoil Lakehouse Saison Ale, and the company touts its “exotic, invasive flavor.”

The brew is also made with hops, honey and wild rice.

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Zebra mussels have spread into nearly 200 lakes, rivers and streams in Minnesota and Eurasian Milfoil has invaded even more waterways.