Category: Science & Technology

Growing Local: Neighborhood Hop Farms Provide Brewers with Terroir Behind the Bines by

As hop farm acreage swells beyond the Pacific Northwest, more breweries showcase local hops in seasonal beers.

Taster Trays Get a Clear-Cut Treatment Innovation by

Looking for a better solution for their old wooden beer paddles, Buffalo, N.Y.-based Resurgence Brewing owner Jeff Ware and crew set out to build a better taster tray.

Six-Packs for the Sea Innovation by

Florida’s Saltwater Brewery has developed a new six-pack holder that promises to not only save marine life from entanglement, but feed them as well.

Bitter Promise: Hops Research Yields Clues for Cancer and Diabetes Treatment Beer and Health by

New research is opening up the possibility that the bitter elements in hops could form the basis for future diabetes and cancer treatments.

Beer Cap Maps Innovation by

If you’re a bottle cap collector, Beer Cap Maps not only help you wrangle those caps, but also serve as stylish and functional works of art.

Skipping the Store: Will Beer Delivery Services Change Consumer Behavior? Feature by

With the rise of mobile commerce, beer-delivery services are shaking up the status quo, from customized 24-packs to freshly filled growlers direct from local breweries.

Sequencing Wild Yeast: Brewers Team Up with Scientists to Better Understand Fermentation Feature by

To create more consistent wild beers and better understand fermentation, brewers are teaming up with scientists. The future of sour beer has never looked better.

Thinking & Drinking: Getting to Know Friends and Beer Innovation by

Thinking & Drinking is made up of six decks of cards with 54 cards in each deck. Each card includes a question designed to spark conversation, as well as the profile of a craft brewery and one of its beers.

Counter (Top) Intelligence Innovation by

It’s like a Keurig—for beer. And Seattle-based PicoBrew hopes Pico, its new countertop homebrew system, will catch on just as quickly as those pod-fed coffeemakers.

Beery Greetings Innovation by

A gift of six hand-selected beers deserves to be carried and presented in something a little more special than a used six-pack holder—especially for special occasions. That’s why Ashley Edmonds created Beer Greetings.

Getting Fresh Innovation by

You know those ubiquitous tree-shaped auto air fresheners? HopNose is similar, only it looks like a giant hop cone and smells like Chinook hops—still piney, but with a more resinous hop smell than Christmas trees.

Future Farmers: Will Hydroponic Hops Change the Beer Industry? Behind the Bines by

Hydroponic growing techniques have existed since the early 17th century. These methods have already changed the way vegetables can be grown across the world, but why hasn’t anyone tried to grow hops this way?

Märzen Madness Innovation by

Indianapolis friends Ryan Coyle and Mike Sale created Brew Bracket to be a “beer tasting party in a box.” The idea started in 2011, when they founded a 400-person beer-tasting tournament in Indiana.=–km

It’s All Fizzics Innovation by

This personal beer dispenser creates a fresh-from-the-tap experience from any bottle, can or growler.

Tiny Bubbles: Brewers Hope Nitro Beers Will Be a Hit Tech Talk by

Long known for its use in Guinness Draught, nitrogen is showing up more often in a variety of beer styles, from Stouts and Porters to White Ales and IPAs.

Tag Your Brew Innovation by

A thin strip of copper imprinted with the name of a brewery, TagaBrew hangs as a charm from a 4-inch chain (for growlers) or 26-inch chain (for collecting and wearing the tags).

Drinking Games: Have Social Media and Apps like Untapped Changed the Way We Consume Beer? Feature by

If you drink a beer, and your friends aren’t instantly notified about it, did it really happen? How is technology changing the beer drinking experience for so many enthusiasts, and why are they frantically sharing their experiences anyway?

Homebrewing Technology: Technically Cheating? Tech Talk by

Craft brewing by its very nature is a category disruptor. Just as Kodak didn’t see the digital camera coming, Big Beer overlooked craft brewers. Now a new debate about change has seeped into the homebrewing community: Is technology an acceptable substitute for trial and error?

Turn Up the Hops Innovation by

Think of the packets as mini beer Randalls. Bobby Gattuso, who studied biology in college, invented Hop Theory beer sachets as a way to enhance beers and start conversations about different flavors in beer.

Is the Growler Getting Canned? Innovation by

Known for pioneering canned beer packaging, Oskar Blues was looking for a new way to push the aluminum container’s limits while solving some of the glass growler’s inherent downsides. They ended up with the Crowler.

Open Sesame Innovation by

The Magic Opener’s whimsical bottle shape, while fun at rest on a fridge, bike frame or counter top, is ergonomically designed with a rubberized grip to make every opening task gentle on your hands and easy to accomplish.

Drought vs. Draft: California Craft Breweries Innovate, Conserve, and Pray to Combat Four Years of Little Rain Feature by

While green lawns go brown, farms go fallow, and everyone is asked to cut their water usage at every turn, beer drinkers are forced to consider whether their favorite drink is worth such a reservoir-sucking impact.

Hazed and Confused: Seeking Clarity in IPAs Zymology by

What’s wrong with unfiltered beer? Nothing, traditionally speaking. Grains like oats and wheat, which brewers have used for hundreds of years, are known for rendering cloudy beer. But when it’s a hazy American IPA, people start arguing.

Hank the Beer Tank Innovation by

The first portable, electric kegerator on the market, this patent-pending invention holds 1/6 of a barrel or a 5 gallon homebrew keg of your favorite beer or other beverage, keeps it cold without the inevitable melting ice and dispenses it with a carbon dioxide cartridge.