Open Source Beer

Two of my favorite things come together: open source and beer. A group in Copenhagen has released Vores Øl,
a beer recipe under the “Attribute & Share Alike” Creative Commons
License. Basically, you are free to use the recipe but any derivative
works (your changes to the recipe) must be released under the same
license. From their site:

What's this “Vores Øl”?

Vores Øl (Our Beer) is a great tasting energetic
beer and it's the world's first open source beer! It is based on
classic ale brewing traditions but with added guarana for a natural

Version 1.0 is a medium strong beer (6% vol) with a deep golden red color and an original but familiar taste.

I'm looking forward to keeping track of the derivatives since it could
get interesting. Like any open source project, there will probably be
some crappy derivatives but one or more will typically be an
improvement that will continue to flourish.

UPDATE: Alan over at Free Beer | Gen X at 40
commented and noted “you can see that this is just a gimmick as there
is no intellectual property right in a beer recipe”. Check his post for details. IANAL (thankfully) so I'd love to hear other's opinons on this too.

Link via: Anil's Doublespeak


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