I will do my best to not make any poop jokes for the duration of this post.
Straight from Japan, the Sankt Gallen Brewery has released a beer that has been made in a similar fashion of Kopi Luwak. Instead of using an Asian Palm Civet to digest the coffee beans, the brewers use elephants from Thailand’s Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation. From their website
“The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation was set up primarily to help elephants that cannot help themselves, those that find themselves through abuse or through circumstance unable to provide and maintain an income for themselves, their mahouts and their families.”
Coffee beans are purposefully fed to the elephants then one lucky person picks through the dung to harvest the undigested beans that are later used to make the Un, Kono Kuro Beer.
Beer sales have actually been through the roof of this unique brew after initial reviews were positive:
“After downing the last drop, slowly rising from my throat and mouth was that afterglow. The combination of bitter and sweet stayed fresh and lingered in my head. It was a familiar aroma that accompanied me through the entire beer.”
To any importers in the US, if you can have some delivered to West Coast, I would be willing to try this stout.