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The Fonio Brewer of Senegal

A small nano-brewery thinking big they have collaborated with brewers worldwide, most recently with Brooklyn Brewery.

The latest of our live beer webinars, this chat with founder Raphael discussed their use of the grain fonio and its potential in beer across the world.

Fonio is a traditional grain in Central and West Africa, climate resistant and with a unique flavour. But it's also very small and brewing with fonio has its own challenges. Rapha told me about those, how he worked with Brooklyn Brewery who has also brewed with Fonio, and how he is now promoting Fonio to other brewers.

The Senegal craft beer market is not too large but Maison Kalao is one of the leading breweries in the scene, matching traditional local ingredients with modern brewing techniques.