Bushwick is known for many an artisanal product, be it Martha’s Mayonnaise or pop tarts. But that latest innovation may truly be a gamble. Filling the void of Japanese cuisine in the neighborhood (since apparently only one Thai restaurant is allowed), Okinawa aims to please with soybean flavored beer.
The owner of Okinawa, Hokkaido Stefani, a 51-year-old from Okinawa, explained, “I know Bushwick like craft beer and I want to bring them something that will put new spin on that.” In addition to soybean-infused beer, which possesses a whopping 8.1% alcohol content, there will also be tempura-infused beer and sesame oil-infused beer on the menu.
Obviously, with these exotic and imported (read: expensive) ingredients being paired so seamlessly with beer, it’s only fair that the asking price for a bottle is $25. “It make…s …a… very lovely pairing with everything on …the… menu,” Stefani said calculatedly, as though to spite Mickey Rooney’s impression of his people as Mr. Yunioshi. Okinawa, located on Flushing Avenue (the site of a recent bloodbath) will be open in the coming weeks, and there to make drinking beer seem a lot healthier to Bushwickians.
Written by Genna Rivieccio