|Beer From Clouds
Beer made from from Cloud Water is here. Innis &
Gunn is producing 500 pints of the limited edition
Sky P.A. as part of crowdfunding efforts to secure
future experiments in beer making and the
expansion of the company's bars and restaurants.
Dougal Sharp, the company's CEO and master
brewer, said he was happy with the product
eventually produced from the water, which he
says originated over the Atlantic Ocean.
He wasn't aware of any other brewers who had
previously attempted to make a beer in such a way.
A bespoke device fitted with a turbine and
condenser was attached to a power kite above the
Devil's Beef Tub hollow in Moffat, Scotland, to
capture the water which was then put through Innis
& Gunn's brewing process. Sharp admitted that
Sky P.A. was one of the more costly beers
his company has produced so moving beyond
the limited-edition batch of 500 pints is
unlikely to happen again unless there
is high demand.
Another Brewery Gobbled Up
Anheuser-Busch InBev has inked a deal to acquire Texas-based Karbach Brewing Co.,
the ninth craft beer acquisition by the giant beer producer in a move meant to boost
the company’s “craft” portfolio. Karbach, which has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing
craft brands by establishing a strong foothold in the Houston market and with a recent expansion
into the Dallas/Ft. Worth region of the state. The craft brewer’s production reached a little over
40,000 barrels last year. Brewing capacity at Karbach should hit 150,000 barrels per
year by 2019 thanks to AB InBev’s planned investments.
The opportunity to expand Karbach is likely alluring as that craft brewer’s hot growth has all
come from the Texas market; it hasn’t yet expanded beyond the state. Industry publication Beer
Marketer’s Insights says the deal fills a notable hole in AB InBev’s craft beer portfolio: a sizable
position in the critical Texas beer market. The state is the second-largest U.S. beer market—
and the top market for AB InBev.
Never Say Never
Since its launch more than 20 years ago, Dogfish Head, the king of highbrow breweries,
has not canned a single one of its beers. That may have made sense when Dogfish Head
started up back in 1995, when cans were considered to be for the cheap beer that people
drank at frat parties. But beer snobs eventually realized that cans are good for beer, and
there’s been a surge of craft breweries — Evil Twin, Two Roads, Green Flash, Lagunitas,
etc. — that have embraced them. Now, after holding out for years, Dogfish Head
has finally seen the light.
By the middle of December, the Delaware brewery will release one of its standards, the
60 Minute IPA, as its first-ever canned beer. The cans will only be available in mid-Atlantic
states at first, with the brewery making them available everywhere it distributes next year.
Why did it take them so long? Founder Sam Calagione says he wasn’t thrilled with canning
tech early on in his career, so Dogfish Head and beverage-vessel producer Kroner
designed artisanal cans from scratch. Times they are a changing for sure.
the crossroads of the beer world
|No Driver Beer Run
The futurists of Silicon Valley may not have seen
this one coming: The first commercial delivery
made by a self-driving truck was 2,000 cases of
Budweiser beer. The Uber-owned self-driving
vehicle operation, announced the completion of
its first commercial delivery, having delivered its
beer load from Fort Collins, Colo., to Colorado
Springs, a roughly 120-mile trip on Interstate 25.
Though largely symbolic, the beer delivery is the
first commercial partnership for Otto and InBev.
The delivery was indicative of Uber’s larger
ambitions to become an enormous transportation
network, Otto is a particularly large bet for Uber,
which paid nearly $700 million for the start-up..
For this initial delivery, Otto’s truck departed
Anheuser-Busch’s facility in Loveland, Colo. The
truck drove through Denver — alongside regular
passenger car traffic — and navigated to its
destination in Colorado Springs without incident.
A trained driver was in the cabin of the truck at
all times to monitor the vehicle’s progress and
take over if necessary but was never needed.