It's Milk. It's Beer. It's 'Bilk'

The Japanese are drinking less milk. So a liquor-store owner in a dairy region decided to turn some of the surplus milk into beer. Mixing in some hops, he worked with a local brewer to create a drink called "bilk." It went on sale this month.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word comes from Japan, which has just come up with a new mix. Declining milk consumption is hitting the country's northern dairy-producing region, so a local liquor storeowner decided to turn some of the surplus milk into beer. He mixed some hops and worked with the local brewer to create a drink that, aside from a slightly milky odor, looks and tastes like beer. The new beverage called Bilk went on sale this month.

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