Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery has come up with lots of crazy beer ideas in the past, but this may be the most unusual so far: making beer by fermenting beans. Shane Welch, founder of Sixpoint, notes that beans have been used to brew alcoholic beverages in the Balkans for centuries in the absence of grains. Beans, too, have the requisite sugars necessary for fermentation. But what beans are we talking about here?
In this case, as one might suspect, the beans are rather stylish ones: coffee, cacao, and romano (though they look more like pinto beans to FiTR). The coffee is sourced at nearby Stumptown. Like Sixpoint, it’s located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The cacao beans are presided over by the legendary bearded Mast Brothers of Williamsburg. And where do the romano beans come from? The ground, we suppose.
And how does the beer taste? We’re running out right now to buy some. In the meantime, watch the video.
We can only hope the bean beer doesn’t cause you to fart even more than regular beer. Have tests been conducted, Mr. Welch?