Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Vores Ø: First Open Source Beer

Students from the IT University of Copenhagen have created the first open source beer. Christened "Vores Øl", meaning "Our Beer", it is available for everyone to brew and profit from thanks to a recipe published online under the Creative Commons License.

Original idea to apply the open source model beyond the tech industry. Vores Øl may be remembered as the Linux of the beer market. Cheers.

3 comments:

Niall Cook said...

May not be the first. Check out Blowfly. James Cherkoff of Collaborate Marketing has written about them, and has a podcast interview.

Joël Céré said...

Interesting, but I think it is slightly different as Blowfly is alerady an established brewer and they seem to provide much of the "open source experience" through personalised labels. The Danish students created an original beer and put the recipe for others to brew and to improve. Both share the fact that they displayed their recipe online.

Niall Cook said...

Well Blowfly call themselves an "Open Source" beer company, and they certainly did it first so I'd say they were the first.

Depends on the definition of open source, I guess.