Buffalo’s Very Own Brew Bot Taps New Possibilities

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for quite a while, I just wanted to make sure I was able to give it the time and attention that it deserves.

When a young man by the name of Erik Baker showed up at our door the first few times, we were curious. By the time we figured out what he was up to we were nothing short of intrigued.

The University at Buffalo student-inventor was working on a Rube Goldberg-style contraption that would qualify as an art project and also customize the flavor of your beer, all while offering you a visually astounding mechanical process.

Over several months, Erik stopped by to purchase his CO2 tank, regulator, air and beer lines, screw clamps, 4-way CO2 distribution bar, quick disconnects and additional parts and pieces.

When his creation was done, he gave us a little bit more information and invited us to check it out for ourselves. Eric had constructed a fully functional, multi-faceted and interactive custom beer-bottling machine. Basically, the semi-automated machine mixes custom home-brewed beer by adding user-selected ingredients and supplements like hops, malt and specific flavoring agents. The user can watch the entire bottling process as empty bottles make their way along a conveyer belt, stopping at each station. At the end, the custom beer is delivered directly to the user.

The Victorian era appearance is what Baker calls “a visual reminder of the human genius that developed marvels of modern technology from the Industrial Age forward.”

It’s a pretty freaking cool machine and Erik is hoping to mass market a simplified version to brewers, beer distributors, taverns and brewpubs seeking a competitive edge. Check it out:

Buffalo Brew Bot

Buffalo Brew Bot

Buffalo Brew Bot

Buffalo Brew Bot

Buffalo Brew Bot

Buffalo Brew Bot

Erik has since graduated from the University at Buffalo and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors, beer related and otherwise.


1 Comment

  • Blair Boone June 9, 2010 @ 9:40am

    Totally steam punk.

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