Great news if you are a drinker of beer who doesn’t want to leave the comfort of your own home!
Utrecht-based MiniBrew have just raises €2.6M funding as the Dutch startup develops the first robot to make beer at home
According to Olivier van Oord, co-founder of MiniBrew,
“Beer consists up to 95% of water and while shipping, the Dutch import over 1.3 billion litres of water over water, which contributes a lot to the carbon footprint, and we at MiniBrew aim to reduce the beer miles, globally.”
The Dutch startup launched a unique beer brewing platform in an effort to ignite the creation and diversity of craft beer over traditional beer brewing and transportation. Which will
“allows anyone to become a brewer.”
MiniBrew was Founded by Bart van de Kooij and Olivier van Oord in 2015, and the Utrecht-based startup has developed a brewing robot which can produce beer at home with a smartphone application that will guide users through every step of the brewing process. They can manage every process and function of the beer brewing process through using sensors, innovative engineering and Wi-Fi connectivity, which will ensure professional quality craft beer.
MiniBrew won the 2018 TEDx Amsterdam Award. With winning came two memberships of co-working place Spaces and a consultancy worldwide. Olivier van Oord consider this an important reward as they have customers in over 30 countries. He felt that getting the free consultancy was really great because they needed to have a very strong foundation to scale businesses, especially when they have such international ambitions.
MiniBrew has developed an all-in-one-brewing system by integrating the brewing process and fermentation into just one machine. The automated machine comes with advantages such as a temperature controlled fermentation system that ensures the perfect conditions during the whole process. Another bold initiative is that there is also no need to transfer the brewed beer into serving kegs since it uses the same keg to brew, ferment and serve.
They have big expansion plans for the US and Canada and already serves the EU.
As Olivier notes,
“We have managed to build a community in more than 30 countries, globally.”
The Utrecht startup commenced their operation in London three months back, and they are now planning to expand into Finland in the next couple of months.
Recently, the company has raised a growth capital of €2.6m from investors. Olivier aid, “We started crowdfunding but pulled out, as we got additional investments of €2.6 million from existing and new investors.”
Previously, MiniBrew had secured €3 million from its founders, investors and Indiegogo campaign.
According to Olivier van Oord, the vision of MiniBrew is to reduce the food miles of beer, by stimulating brewing ingenuity to inspire the brewers of tomorrow.
He adds, “there will be a time no transportation of bottles will be needed, to experience and get world-class tap fresh beers in your home without a single bottle being shipped.”