7 wacky but tasty beers from around the world
From hummus to beard yeast, these beers highlight the art form of brewing without sacrificing taste.
Meadan Chickpea Malt Ale, aka Hummus Beer
Meadan Craft Brewing in Israel is focused on one thing: creating quality beers specifically for those with gluten intolerance. Instead of traditional grains like barley and wheat, the company creates brews with a base of chickpeas, dates, quinoa and buckwheat.
Founder Bryan Meadan, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2006, says it took patience to find the right flavor. "After a few mediocre batches and hundreds of bottles, I honed in on the taste I was looking for."
Meadan Chickpea Malt Ale, nicknamed "hummus beer," is currently available throughout Israel. According to one reviewer, the beer pours "brown to orange with a medium head, aroma of hummus and notes of hops, flavor of wood, fruit, delicate, light-bodied."
This brew pairs well with chicken, seafood and a wide variety of additional mediterranean dishes.