A Caribbean brewery claiming to manufacture the world's only beer made from desalinated seawater will close, following a decision by its owners Antillean Brewery, which is 56% controlled by Heineken.

Brewing a range of Amstel beers on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao, the closure is likely to cost 55 employees their jobs.

In local newspaper interviews, manager Gilmar Winklaar blamed the Curaçao government for a lack of support: "They came up with lots of promises, but they couldn't guarantee anything," Winklaar said.

The brewery has previously complained cheap imports had eroded their Caribbean markets. Antillean Brewery will look for a buyer for the brewery, in the capital Willemstad.