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Ghana's First Microbrewery Uses Future World Staple Sorghum

Inland, which now caters mostly to private orders, represents what could become a new industry in West Africa: craft beer that can provide needed income to local farmers who grow sorghum.

After a brief tour, Djameh poured a particularly good stout, full of plantain notes. It tasted smoother—and more appropriate for Ghana’s tropical climate—than a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, which is also sometimes brewed using sorghum.

As Bill Gates has pointed out, unlike wheat, sorghum can survive in areas plagued by high temperatures and little rainfall. As the effects of climate change grow more severe worldwide, sorghum will likely become a crucial grain for not just beer, but food, too.

Noble Foundation

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