Global craft beer innovator Brooklyn Brewery launched Brooklyn Brewery x Yolélé Fonio White Beer, a distinctive craft beer brewed with fonio, a nutritious ancient West African grain that Yolélé has helped bring to the American masses. The limited release, which combines fonio’s nutty, wheaty character with juicy hops in a smooth riff on classic white beer (5.6 % ABV), will start rolling out at select Whole Foods Market stores throughout the Northeast. It will also be available to all beer enthusiasts and sustainability-minded customers in Brooklyn Brewery's Tasting Room.
Yolélé and Brooklyn Brewery share the goal of promoting a more viable future for food and beverage. The beer itself shines golden with the tiny blond grains, which are packed full of nutrients and health benefits, and underscores these companies' commitment to furthering sustainability through strategic ingredient-sourcing.
Known as the "seed of the universe," fonio, a grain in the millet family, is a staple crop and source of sustenance. The ancient African grain has thrived in West Africa for over 5,000 years. Fonio flourishes in a hot, dry region near the Sahara Desert, where little else can grow. As a drought-resistant crop, it may hold key lessons about agriculture in the face of climate change. Fonio also has a nutrient rich profile; it is a good source of fiber, iron, B-vitamins, zinc, and magnesium, as well as antioxidant flavonoids, and is particularly high in two amino acids— methionine and cysteine— which promote hair, skin, and nail growth.
Brooklyn Brewery x Yolélé Fonio White Beer is sold in a 4pk of 16oz cans.