‘Nespresso for beer’ homebrew kit launched by founders of Y Not Festival

A London-based startup founded by two Dragon’s Den contestants has launched a homebrewing kit that enables craft beer lovers to produce 10 pints if lager, IPA or cider from home.

Called the Pinter, the device allows people to make up to 10 pints of beer at home, which the company claims will make it fresher than anything bottled or canned.

“The beer you drink from a can did not start life tasting that way and most people are unaware their beer has been stored for months,” it said in a press release, adding, somewhat controversially: “If it’s on a shelf, it’s not fresh.”

The Pinter’s RRP is £75, and includes two ‘Pinter Packs’ containing all the ingredients to make beer at home, which can be delivered through a letterbox and, as there is no alcohol at the point of sale, no one needs to be in to sign for it. Consumers can also sign up for a monthly subscription of £12 with the ingredients to make beer or cider, with styles including IPA, APA, lager, dark fruit cider, and cloudy apple cider.

The launch comes as the threat of hospitality businesses closing across the UK has resurfaced amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. Sales of beer in supermarkets performed particularly well while pubs and bars were closed from March to July, with brewers such as Northern Monk and SALT choosing to list in ‘Big Four’ retailers such as Tesco for the first time.

But the team behind the Pinter believe they can satisfy consumers’ demands for a fresh pint of beer in another lockdown by giving them the tools to brew it themselves.

“Before today if you wanted to experience Fresh Beer you had to visit a brewery’s tap room,” it said. “Now with the Pinter, your front room can be your taproom.”

The company, called The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co, was originally launched as Victor’s Drinks and set up by university friends Alex Dixon and Ralph Broadbent, who were also part of the team behind Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival.

The pair appeared on Dragon’s Den in 2014.

The pair appeared on Dragon’s Den with their homebrewing idea in 2014, and left with £40,000 of Duncan Bannatyne’s money in exchange for 25% of the business, but ultimately decided not to pursue a partnership with the dragon.

With festivals on hold for the forseeable future, Dixon and Broadbent are prioritising their homebrewing business once more. Victor’s Drinks became The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co this year, and the pair launched a kickstarter campaign for the Pinter which received more than £55,000 from roughly 700 backers.

“The Pinter has taken us years to develop,” Broadbent said.

“With the Pinter we’re going to deliver a new world of fresh beer into people’s homes. Everyone would drink brewery fresh beer if they could, the Pinter now means they can.”

3 Responses to “‘Nespresso for beer’ homebrew kit launched by founders of Y Not Festival”

  1. Rab says:

    Every two years a device of sorts appears. Look it up, see how they do.

  2. Been doing this too long says:

    Another “make beer fast and easy” machine for a market that just doesn’t exist.

    Craft beer, whether produced by craft brewers or homebrewers, is about quality, passion, and a story. It’s about the experiences and relationships built around the end product. It’s an art form to express yourself.

    Accordingly, while devices like this would, on the surface, appear to have a viable market, under deeper analysis they illustrate a sincere lack of understanding their target markets’ desires and what these consumers ultimately gain from the brewing experience.

    Instead of producing a “one size fits all” gimic that will no doubt produce below average beer, as fresh does not always correlate with quality, focus on developing tools and widgets to streamline the home-brewing process while allowing for the brewing experience and experimentation to shine.

    Nespresso works because we all love coffee but most have no desire to be a barista. Nor to delve head first into the coffee production world. And the quality of the product is relatively high when compared to other at-home coffee production methods. None of this is true of a device like this.

    Unless of course, your goal is to sell these to the wives, children, husband’s, parents etc of craft beer enthusiasts. In which case, carry on knowing you are selling a product that will, at best, be used once before being lost under a pile of back-of-the-closet dust, or never leave the box.

    And if that’s your business model, then enjoy the short-lived Xmas season sales and the knowledge that you are simply scamming unwitting buyers into purchasing your product.

    Widgets, find your money in the widgets, not this.

  3. Donthemon says:

    I’m not sure I agree with the previous comments. I brew beer very occasionally because I like something that approximates to pub beer, but at home, and it needs to be easy. In the past I’ve used Muntons brew in a bag 25 pint kits and for me, this approach is ideal – minimum effort, great taste and superb for a barbecue with friends. I don’t want all of the faff with ‘traditional’ homebrew, so for me, my brother, my cousin and friends (who also have my approach) the ‘Pinter’ looks ideal.

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