Popular Mechanics (South Africa)
A closer look at robotgenerated beverages
DOCK STREET BREWING CO SWARM INTELLIGENCE
At 4.9 per cent ABV, this drone-assisted pale ale was brewed with local orange blossom that’s been fermented out, leaving behind floral, fruity notes and a taste of honey. Ekuanot is the dominant hop, but you can also taste Mosaic and Chinook.
MACKMYRA WHISKY INTELLIGENS
This Swedish single-malt whisky, master blended by AI with supervision from D’Orazio, is described as fruity, oaky, and slightly salty with a dryish end. Mackmyra used smaller casks to produce a concentrated flavour.
BULLEIT BETA TEST COCKTAIL
With the help of Austrian tech company Print A Drink, Bulleit Distilling Co developed the Beta Test, a light and fruity 3D-printed cocktail. A robotic arm injects suspended beads of coloured lemon oil into a mix of Bulleit bourbon, peach and grape juices, and green tea.
CHAMPION BREWING ML AI
A Charlottesville, Virginia, brewery partnered with a machine learning company to create ML AI, an IPA with 6 per cent ABV. The AI model used parameters that included IPAs judged at the Great American Beer Festival, the 10 best-selling IPAs in the country, and the 10 worstselling IPAs at a local retailer.