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Tag: Technology

Something Old, Something New: Dispensing Draft from the Barrel Innovation by

Rack AeriAle, a nitrogen draft-dispensing system that updates the barrel-dispensing systems of old with new technology, allows beer from barrels to be chilled and carbonated on the way to the glass.

Data Analysis Made Easy with Gastrograph AI Innovation by

A tech company has developed artificial intelligence to streamline quality control by replacing the manual labor behind the sensory evaluation process.

A Micro-Bottler for Microbreweries Innovation by

Designed by an upstart brewer, this more affordable, manual four-head counter-pressure filling system can fill bottles of many sizes. Plus, its portable size comes in handy in a variety of situations.

Beer Meets Big Data with Glassify Innovation by

Glassify turns the bottom of a pint glass into a mini-computer that’s able to interact with a mobile device via a chip inserted during the manufacturing process and offer tailor-made deals through the Glassify app.

Beer by Robot: London Company Brews Using AI News by

IntelligentX, a British brewing firm founded by Hew Leith and Dr. Rob McInerney, is using artificial intelligence to develop its beer recipes in response to user feedback.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

On-Demand Beer Delivery Services Grow News by

Beginning with the Boston launch of Drizly in late 2012, more than a dozen beer delivery services have popped up, from hyper-local Brewber, serving just one neighborhood in Baltimore, to those serving a region or cities across the US.

Self-Service Tap Technology Gains Momentum News by

First Draft, a 40-tap bar in Denver, opened its doors without a single bartender. Instead, patrons pour their own drinks with iPourIt, a self-service system for serving beer (or any line-dispensed beverage) by the ounce.

pFriem Family Brewers From the Source by

From its brewhouse in Hood River—a Silver LEED certified building with a roof covered in solar panels and a rainwater collection system for irrigation—pFriem is melding European tradition with American ingenuity using tools unfamiliar to most small craft breweries.

All the News That’s Fit to Tweet Unfiltered by

While the internet has given beer lovers access to information and communication avenues that we could never have imagined decades ago, the value of many social media options to breweries is harder to gauge.

Drafting Tech Talk by

One facet in beer’s evolution that tends to get overlooked is the point of dispense, the all-important place where beer gets pushed from a keg through a specific length of tubing, out of a faucet and into your glass with a little gas pressure and possibly a pump.

David Donley, Chief Engineer, Brew Dogs Last Call by

If those surprisingly comprehensible Scottish accents have charmed you into binge-watching Brew Dogs, you’ve probably also been won over by the likes of their silver-bearded right-hand-man, David Donley. Each episode, Martin Dickie and James Watt task him with the impossible, and he makes it happen.

Kilning Me Softly Behind the Bines by

Drying hops is like curing a fine cut of meat. The softer you kiln, at lower temperatures for longer times, the more flavorful and aromatic the final batch will be.

NitroBrew Innovation by

NitroBrew is an on-site device that turns any style of beer—from Stouts to Pilsners—into a nitrogenated brew within moments, giving it the rich, creamy head and silky mouthfeel of a beer poured right off a nitro tap.

Keeping Tabs on Your Taps Innovation by

As anybody with a kegerator knows, the impromptu parties always happen where the beers are. That’s why it’s so important to keep tabs on your taps. Kegbot is a software and hardware one-two punch that keeps track of how much beer has been poured out of a keg, so you know when to replace it.

BeerBug: A Nanny for Homebrew Innovation by

Through a device and cloud-based platform known as Electric Imp, BeerBug wirelessly transmits the status of your beer, cider or wine’s fermentation progress to a cloud, which you can then tap into and track on your smartphone or through the BeerBug’s website.

Better by Degrees: Why Cold Storage Matters to Your Beer Feature by

Craft breweries of all sizes are shipping their beer to far-flung accounts. So how do they maintain the condition of their beer, please fickle customers, and simultaneously grow their brands? The answer is cold storage.

CapSnap Innovation by

CapSnap is a free smartphone app that helps beer drinkers keep tabs on the beers they drink with personal ratings and other details via a collection of bottle caps created by the user for each beer. It’s a lot like Pinterest for beer lovers.

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