We have instant ramen and instant hot chocolate, but what about powdered beer? Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle, a German brewery, has developed the world’s first powdered beer, which can turn an ordinary glass of water into lager in a matter of seconds.
This breakthrough could have a significant impact on the carbon footprint of beer exports by replacing heavy glass bottles and crates with lightweight packets of beer powder. By reducing the weight of beer shipments, it was estimated that around 3 to 5 percent of CO2 emissions for Germany could be saved. 180 billion liters of beer is consumed worldwide every year, so shipping beer in powder form would account for a reduction of approximately half a percent of CO2 emissions worldwide.
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle is one of the oldest monastery breweries in Germany and it produces rare and unique beer specialties. For its first version of the beer powder, alcohol-free beer was used. For future iterations, the company plans on adding in alcohol and carbon dioxide in powder form.
The brewery shared its beer powder could be ready for the market by the end of the 2023.