"Open source" is a term usually applied to computer software, meaning a program with a source code available for use or modification by anyone.
In the world of brewing, it means a recipe that will allow consumers and homebrewers, among others, to make or suggest modifications to the recipe.
It's the brainchild of Denver's Flying Dog Brewery, which today announced plans to release the Open Source Beer Project, believed to be the first such thing to hit the market in the U.S.
The starter recipe is a dopplebock, but that could change, says Matt Brophy, Flying Dog's head brewer, because the style may evolve as participants offer ideas and tweak the recipe.
“We are encouraging input on every part of the recipe, down to how what variety of hops we should use, how much we should use and when we should add them,” Brophy said.
The Open Source Beer will be the latest concoction in the brewery's Wild Dog line and will be available in stores in October. Flying Dog is Denver’s largest brewery and the second largest craft brewery in Colorado. Its products are available in 45 states.
Wild Dogs are extremely limited edition beers that come exclusively in hand filled, corked and labeled 750ml bottles. Only 5,000 bottles of the Open Source Wild Dogs will be available to the public. The current Wild Dog is a whiskey barrel-aged version of their popular Gonzo Imperial Porter.
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