SBT Delivers “Alcohol by Choice” World-Class Craft Beers

By Mike Pomranz - One of the key characteristics beer judges look for is ABV. But how do you train your palate to discern different levels of alcohol? The answer is surprisingly simple: You start with a category-defining beer and then you add grain alcohol to raise the ABV and taste the differences. Sure, it’s not the most elegant way to make a stronger brew, but it works. And now, a Colorado company is looking to unleash a similar concept on a larger scale, allowing breweries so serve up a single beer at variable levels of alcohol.

BrewVo by Sustainable Beverage Technologies has been testing a system called “Alcohol by Choice,” allowing breweries to create “world-class craft beers available either with or without the alcohol.” According to the Colorado Sun, this “ABC” system starts by brewing a concentrated non-alcoholic-beer using BrewVo’s patented process. This N/A beer concentrate is then packaged alongside a packet of neutral-flavored alcohol, and then poured through a “NexDraft Tap System” which also adds carbonated water. By dialing in the flow from the alcohol packet, the server can adjust the ABV of the beer that comes out of the tap.

“It’s the exact same beer, same exact batch, but just by the way it is dispensed, the brewer can offer that beer at a variety of ABVs,” Sustainable Beverage Technologies’ Founder Patrick Tatera told The Sun.

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