Free Beer v3.0 (aka Skands)

A bunch of Danish computer/beer geeks have come up with an interesting beer project. I don’t quite get all the “Open Source” symbolism here, or I do get it but don’t appreciate it.

The project, originally conceived by Copenhagen-based artist collective Superflex and students at the Copenhagen IT University, applies modern free software / open source methods to a traditional real-world product – namely the alcoholic beverage loved and enjoyed globally, and commonly known as beer.

FREE BEER is based on classic ale brewing traditions, but with addded Guaraná for a natural energy boost. The recipe and branding elements of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) license, which means that anyone can use the recipe to brew their own FREE BEER or create a derivative of the recipe. Anyone is free to earn money from FREE BEER, but they must publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. All design and branding elements are available to beer brewers, and can be modified to suit, provided changes are published under the same license (”Attribution & Share Alike”).

They give three different versions of the recipe, and a couple of them look somewhat interesting. I doubt if you’ll get any prominent North American breweries participating in this project (leave that to those socialist Europeans), but it might be something for an upstart brewery like Shepody to try out. Of course we would have to leave out the Guaraná beans, partly because we don’t know where to get them, but mostly because we are appalled at the very thought of something like that in a sacred beverage like beer. I don’t think the guys who wrote the Reinheitsgebot would be impressed.

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I'm the head brewmaster at Shepody Brewery. I'm the one who chooses the recipes, orders supplies, does all the grunt work, and drinks most of the product.
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