It's not easy getting that same craft beer experience at home as it is from a bar or a brewery. Your choices are pretty much buying some craft beer in a six-pack or installing a fancy schmancy set of taps in your house, which isn't cheap. Neither of these options really capture the flavor and uniqueness of a well-crafted beer.
But who says we can't have our beer and drink it too? This is the digital age where someone is always thinking up some crazy gadget to make our lives easier, better and tastier.
That's where Brewbot comes in. Brewbot is a machine and app that lets you brew your own craft beer right in the comfort of your own home. OK, so this is one more piece of evidence that shows robots really are taking over our jobs — and effectively — the world. Even so, Brewbot is as awesome as it sounds, you guys.
The whole set-up includes an app that has a database of beers to choose from. After you select the one you want to make, you just follow the ingredients and recipe from the app, using the Brewbot machine to make your special brew. Brewbot uses sensory technology to keep track of every step of the brewing process and finally sends you a notification when your concoction is ready to drink.
What makes Brewbot truly different from just your run-of-the-mill at-home brewing process is that it, of course, has a sharing element. With what the company refers to as its "DNA of Beer" cards, you can essentially "download" beer, i.e. recipes, from craft breweries all over the country. So if you're in New York but you miss that IPA from Chicago you had during one business trip, voila, you can chug it down with no air travel, shipping costs or abiding by alcohol regulations.
Brewbot first caught the attention of the Internet when the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the product last year. The company raised more than 114,000 pounds, which is about $185,415, surpassing its goal of 100,000 pounds.
Right now, Brewbot's "DNA" system is open source, and founder Chris McClelland intends for the software to remain that way, he told VentureBeat. In terms of the bottom line, Brewbot is considering selling consumers and breweries ingredients to make the beer, among exploring other money-making options.
Brewbot is currently still in the pre-order stages, but if you do want to get your hands on one of these babies, you can head over to the company's official website and order one for $3,595, which includes tax and shipping. It's a small price to pay for eternal foamy, fizzy happiness.