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Monks Create World’s First Powdered Beer

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Beers and glassware / A German brewery created the world’s first powdered beer. Credit: Cambridge Brewing Co / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

A brewery run by monks in eastern Germany has developed a new product, the world’s first powdered beer. This innovative creation can be easily prepared by adding water, resulting in a foamy and full-flavored brew, complete with a frothy head.

Since powdered beer is lightweight, it can be shipped at a fraction (10%) of the weight, which would result in significant savings on transport costs.

The Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle collaborated with “technology partners” and received financial assistance from BMWi to create their first powdered product – a zero-alcohol beer that is rich in dextrin. The brewery followed traditional brewing techniques to create the product and then processed it into a water-soluble granulate.

The powdered beer is currently being tested in small quantities until mid-2023. The brewery’s plan is to scale up production and start producing alcoholic versions of the powdered beer as well.

However, the success of the product will determine the course of their next steps. The brewery believes that by minimizing the use of raw materials, labor, and energy, it can revolutionize traditional brewing techniques.

Traditional methods and environmental concerns

Helmut Fritsche, a shareholder in Neuzelle, says the time is right to evaluate traditional beer production and distribution methods in the light of environmental concerns.

Beer is made up of up to 90% water, and billions of liters of it are transported worldwide. While there have been some efforts to reduce transport-related emissions, there is still room to reduce resource usage and production costs.

Managing director Stefan Fritsche acknowledges that classic pilsner drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts in Germany may be initially hesitant to try their product. However, the goal is not just to introduce a new beer to the market but to challenge the traditional beer business model.

Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Brauhaus
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Brauhaus. Credit: Nicholas Roese / wikimedia commons CC BY SA 3.0/de

In an interview with the local news channel, Stefan Fritsche also explained that beer powder could reduce CO2 emissions and will contribute to the reduction of carbon footprint worldwide.

He also explained that the beer powder would significantly reduce the need for glass bottles.

The primary target audience is global resellers who can transform the granules into a finished product for end consumers without needing to be brewing experts.

The brewery plans to focus on international markets like Asia and Africa, where transport costs are higher, and the demand for beer is greater than concerns about beer quality.

Investors are currently in talks with the monastery brewery about trying out a new marketing strategy and improving the process of making beer powder, said the Klosterbrauerei.

The brewery needs these investment partners to help fund their business plan and make it a reality. They are working together with their technology partners to achieve their goals.

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