Hawaii doesn’t produce much in the way of barley or hops, so brewers on the islands pretty much have to import their raw materials from the mainland. But one intrepid brewer is taking advantage of a resource that Hawaii has in abundance: sea water.

Honolulu Magazine‘s website  reports that Aloha Beer Co. just released its version of a nearly forgotten beer style known as Gose (pronounced like Gose-uh, they say), once produced in Germany with salty water. And for their own salty water, the Aloha folks naturally turned to the boundless sea.

The result? Beer columnist Timothy Golden tells us that the beer is not particularly salty, but has a tart and slightly sour finish, reminiscent of a nice hefeweizen.

So who’s ready for a good Sonoma County Seawater beer?

– Sean Scully