MELBOURNE | The City Lane was recently invited to an event at Collingwood new and second hand vinyl music store Dutch Vinyl to learn more about BrewArt. BrewArt has been touted by it owners, Coopers, as “the world’s first fully automated personal brewing system”. We love beer, but don’t have time to brew it ourselves in the traditional way, and certainly don’t have room in our apartment, so we were very intrigued to find out more about BrewArt.
The food at the event was tasty, and the tunes were pumping, but the main attraction of the event was of course the BrewArt system. BrewArt consists of two main parts: the BeerDroid that brews and ferments your beer in a temperature controlled chamber; and the BrewFlo, which dispenses the beer you’ve just made from a carbonated and cooled tap.
The “BeerDroid” can best be described as Nespresso for beer, and is capable of brewing 10 litres of beer at the touch of a button. There are over 47 different kit beers that you can buy for the BeerDroid, which contain a combination of “Elements, Enhancers, Hops and Yeast”, and all ingredients are natural. If you don’t want to use the kit beers, we’ve been told that you can just as easily use your own ingredients and recipes, and even make wine in it. If you chose to use your own ingredients you can do so using other extracts or hop additions, or if you’re doing all-grain you can do the mash in another vessel and then transfer into the BeerDroid for propagation and fermentation.
The whole thing is hooked up to a phone app and has inbuilt WiFi so you know exactly what’s going on with your brew at any time and get updates when relevant, including when your beer is ready. If you’re out of town when you’re beer is done, the BeerDroid will store your beer at the correct temperature, which means you can even brew while you’re away on holidays. Once it’s done, you can keg it, and use any existing tap system or connect the proprietary kegs to the “BrewFlo” system, which is a temperature controlled beer dispenser that doesn’t require CO2, as it naturally carbonates the beer. How does the carbonation occur? With solid sugar drops in bottles or a pressurised foil bag lined with liquid sugar in the kegs. For us, the beers came out in a similar style to a nitro tap beer and of the two beers that we tried (Highland APA and Lion City Lager), the Highland APA was particularly delicious.
Looks wise, BrewArt has all the trademarks of a snazzy high end kitchen appliance – it’s black, sleek and expensive looking, with shiny bits, screens and lights. Certainly something that will impress your friends when they come over and see it for the first time.
We left the event very intrigued by the whole BrewArt system, and with serious consideration towards picking up a system for ourselves – the beer that it produces is properly tasty and the whole process of brewing is made super simple.