Picture this: You’re sitting at a gate, getting ready to board a flight. You can see it’s going to be a bit cramped. By the sound of it there are already half a dozen babies crying somewhere in your general vicinity. A family of four sitting a few seats down has, for some inexplicable reason, purchased a large mushroom and onion pizza which they intend to eat on the flight despite knowing they’re locked in an unventilated tube 30,000 feet above the ground with 130 other passengers.
Wouldn’t it be nice, at that moment, if you could reach down into your bag and pull out your favorite craft beer?
But of course you could never do that. You know what it’s like trying to get through TSA with liquids these days. But what if you could? What if we said that one brewery in Denmark had managed to create a freeze-dried beer powder that could turn any liquid into a delightful craft brew?
Grub Street reports that Denmark brewery To Øl claims it has accomplished just that, creating a way to remove liquid from beer and freeze dry the remaining ingredients to create a dissolvable powder that contains all the taste and flavor of the original brew. Simply dissolve the powder in a liquid, Tang-style, and you’ve got yourself a delicious tasting beer, no matter where you are. Watch out, Palcohol?
Photo courtesy of To Øl.
To hear it from the horse's mouth: “Through several hours in the lab, a s****load of beer, vacuuming, freezing, warming, trial-and errors and iterations, we have now managed to produce the first To Øl Instant craft beer.” To Øl has so far been successful in crafting four versions of their brews-as-powder: A deep coffee brew, a floral IPA, a Wild Yeast IPA, and a dry pilsner.
There is, however, one important note: Separating the dry ingredients from the beer means that you also lose the alcohol content, which is kind of something beer really has going for it. On the other hand you could use the powder in some other sub-standard beer in order to turn say, a watery Natty Light, into a delightful hoppy IPA.
The product isn’t yet marketable, and there’s a better than decent chance this instant-coffee version of beer will turn into more of a gag gift than a serious product.
Still, when the cabin door shuts and the seat belt sign comes on, we wouldn’t mind having a few of these tubes by our side, even just for the placebo effect.
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