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!READ MORE: Drone Video Brings Duluth's Glensheen Mansion To Life
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.READ MORE: Bloomington Police: Missing Girl With Autism Found
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.MORE NEWS: Runner Does Grandma's Marathon Months After Bone Marrow Transplant: 'Who Gets A Gift Like That?'
Zebra mussels have spread into nearly 200 lakes, rivers and streams in Minnesota and Eurasian Milfoil has invaded even more waterways.