Science Fiction novels have been predicting it for years, that robots were going to take over the world. Well it hasn’t come to that yet, but maybe using artificial intelligence to come up with a new beer is a start.
Here’s the deal…
Last week Atwater Brewing released Artificial Intelligence IPA, a 6.9% ABV India Pale Ale made with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo and Hüll Melon hops, whose recipe was developed by a popular new AI chatbot that’s turning heads in the Artificial Intelligence community.
“It’s cool for us, as a Detroit brewery, in a city that’s known for innovation, to develop something so interesting for our beer,” Katy McBrady, Atwater’s president explained to Beer & Beyond, adding that AI can only get the beer so far. “There is no replica for our creative brewers and the human touch you need to brew craft beer.”
The AI brew was developed when, Joe Platt, Atwater’s quality assurance manager, was playing around with ChatGPT over a recent weekend.
“I asked it to write me an IPA recipe, and it gave me a homebrew-scale recipe. So I asked it to scale the recipe to 20 barrels to fit our brew system, which it was able to do,” he says. “I asked it to use those specific hops because that is what we had on hand.”
“We just accepted what the robots told us, McBrady said, “which I’m sure is the beginning of a science fiction film.”
The result is a highly approachable, hop-forward IPA that currently on tap at Atwater’s taprooms in Detroit, Gross Pointe Park and Grand Rapids until the kegs run dry.“ If drinkers are into it, the beer could be the first in a series of AI-developed beers from Atwater, McBrady added…
While most of our innovation is done by humans, not AI, this is the first step in where we aim to go as a brewery. “It’s exciting to see innovation of this type coming from Atwater.
(Image credits: Molson Coors / Atwater Brewing)