Design the Look and Taste of Your Dream Beer in ‘Brew Town’ Craft Beer Simulator from ‘Fist of Awesome’ and ‘Neon Horizon’ Developers

AppBox Media, responsible for Neon Horizon [Free] among many others, and Nicoll Hunt’s studio I Fight Bears, of Fist of Awesome [$ 0.99] and Maximum Car [Free] fame, are teaming up on something decidedly different for both developers. It’s a beer crafting simulation game called Brew Town, and it’s arriving on iOS and Android March 22nd. Like creating games in Game Dev Story, in Brew Town you’ll be responsible for creating new and interesting beers, then stocking and (hopefully) selling them to eager customers. As we all know how fun it is creating silly game types in Game Dev Story, I think Brew Town will take things to the next level with their robust custom bottle creator. Check it out and the rest of the game in this trailer.

This isn’t the first time we’ve done some brewin’ on our mobiles, as the excellent 2013 sim Fiz: Brewery Management Game offered a similar experience a few years back and is still a super fun game. Brew Town looks like it goes in a pretty different direction though, literally building all the various pieces of an actual brewing town, and of course the incredible level of customization for all your wacky beer ideas.

The developers’ own description sums up Brew Town quite well: “A tycoon game like no other, Brew Town is all about you crafting your way to success. Want to make an almond flavoured stout? Go right ahead. You’d rather have a caramel-nougat IPA with a space-themed label? Step right up. How about a chili-infused red ale with a bright orange bottle featuring a GIANT T-REX ON FIRE? Let’s just say you’ve come to the right place.” Given the previous work of all involved, I really can’t wait to get my hands on Brew Town. It’s scheduled to release next month on March 22nd for free, so get your taste buds ready. Until then you can find some more information as well as a bunch of awesome custom bottles at Brew Town’s official website.

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This big-ass battery keeps your beer cold while powering 10 other devices


Backup batteries? Got ’em. Mobile charging stations? Pfft. I have enough devices for charging other devices that picking one to take to events has become a process all its own. What I don’t have, or didn’t have at least, was a mobile charging station that could keep my beer cold for half a day. River, by EcoFlow, changed all that. It’s not what you’d call practical, at least not in the sense that you can stow it in a pocket or backpack. After all, it’s about the size of a car battery and tips the scales at a whopping 11 pounds.…

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Apple celebrates holidays with Beer Bash featuring Gwen Stefani

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To ring in the holidays, Apple on Friday invited employees to attend a semi-annual Beer Bash at its Cupertino, Calif., campus, where singer Gwen Stefani showed up to perform a few cuts off her new holiday album.
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Anheuser-Busch wants to deliver beer with Tesla’s electric semi-trucks

Anheuser-Busch just joined the list of companies that have placed an order for Tesla's upcoming semi-trucks. In an announcement today, the beer-maker said it has ordered 40 of the trucks that are set to go into production in 2019. "Integrating the Te…
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Google is fixing its disastrous burger and beer emoji today with Android 8.1 release

We never expected the outrage over the design of a hamburger emoji to bubble up to the point where Google’s CEO had to personally intervene, but such is 2017. And today, our long cheese-on-bun global nightmare comes to an end with the public release of Android Oreo 8.1, which fixes the unappetizing glyph.

Android 8.1 also adds a new beer emoji, which no longer sees frothing foam inexplicably remain at the top of the mug after half the beer has been downed.

Here’s what the offending emoji looked like in 8.0:

Would you go to a joint like this? No.

Here are the much-improved new characters in 8.1:

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Google updates burger, beer, and cheese emojis in Android 8.1

Google burger emoji Android 8.1

Android 8.1 is going to bring with it some notable new features, like the Pixel Visual Core for using HDR+ in third-party camera apps. Today some more big Android 8.1 changes have been confirmed, and they involve emoji.

The new Android 8.1 beta “fixes” the burger emoji that caused waves last month, as spotted by Emojipedia. Previously, the burger emoji in Android shows a cheeseburger with cheese on the bottom, below the patty. This bothered a lot of people and even got a response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and now it’s been corrected in the latest Android 8.1 beta.

Google beer emoji Android 8.1

Google has also tweaked the two beer emojis in this Android 8.1 beta. Previously, the emojis showing a single beer and two clicking beers showed glasses that were around half full but had foam coming out of the top, which doesn’t really make sense. In the new beer emojis, all of the glasses are full of beer and have foam at the top.

Google cheese emoji Android 8.1

Finally, Google has updated the cheese emoji in Android 8.1. The old emoji shows a line for the cheese’s corner going through the holes in the cheese, making it look like the edge was painted on. The new emoji properly shows the edge skipping the holes.

The fact that Google updated these emoji may seem kind of silly, but it’s also good to see Google respond to consumer complaints and go through the effort to update its emojis and make them look better. Emojis are a big deal and are used by a lot of people, and with the update to Android 8.1, they’ll get some updated emojis that are much improved.

Google has said that Android 8.1 will be released in December.

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Budweiser is blasting barley into space to brew Mars beer

Settlers could arrive on Mars as soon as 2024, if SpaceX gets its way. And, those newcomers to the red planet are going to need supplies, like…beer. While Elon Musk and co. are aspiring to send (useful) cargo to Mars two years ahead of the first vi…
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Latest ARKit demos show hand-tracking beer pong, visualized audio trails [u]

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New demonstrations using Apple’s ARKit may suggest some of the possibilities of the augmented reality platform, including the integration of hand tracking. [Updated to correct ModiFace info]
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Cheers for connected beer, all hail to the Internet of Ale

Cheers for connected beer, all hail to the Internet of Ale

Now that the Internet of Things (IoT) touches almost every industry, should we also be enjoying the Internet of Beer at the end of a hard-working, internet-connected day, asks Adrian Bridgwater?

After all, the industrial process improvements that the IoT delivers are already serving (no pun intended) the brewing industry – as seen, for example, at Great Lakes Brewing Company and Deschutes in the US.

This is an international trend, it seems, promising more IoT-driven change ahead. This month sees the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) staged at the  Olympia exhibition center in London, which showcases over 350 breweries offering close to 1,000 real ales and hard ciders (both apple and pear varieties).

The GBBF is run under the watchful eye of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, an independent volunteer organization. CAMRA seeks not only to champion and improve consumer rights, but also and improvements to premises throughout the brewing industry – and today, improvements in any business tend to mean involve a generous serving of digital transformation and technology.

Clever beer

Take, for example, London-based start-up Intelligent Layer: it has added machine learning to its beer production, in the form of what it calls ‘reinforcement learning’ algorithms.

The company has teamed up with a creative agency 10x to form a new joint operation called IntelligentX. Using a Facebook Messenger bot, IntelligentX collects feedback from customers on its products and sends it onto human brewers who tweak recipes accordingly, enabling them to test out new recipes and make product improvements.

The founders of IntelligentX think that, in the near future, we may be able to use data analytics, algorithmic logic, machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop and manufacture more ‘emotive products’ – such as perfume, coffee or chocolate – so that they are more finely tuned to people’s individual tastes.

Are these trends set to continue? The answer is a decisive ‘yes’. Smart ales and beers are flowing faster than ever.

As Barb Darrow reports for Fortune, business software companies Informatica and Zoomdata are collaborating to help a large, unnamed European beer maker check the quality of its products throughout the supply chain, from the brewery to the pub. “The software will monitor temperature and pressure of the beer in the tap and the line along with tracking the number of pints poured in real time,” she writes.

Read more: Barclays pours investment into new IoT beer pump

The four levels of Internet Beer

So it seems that the Internet of Beer is developing at a number of levels.

On a creative level, we can already see how new flavors might now be created through diversified, socially driven channels.

On a business level, brewers can now become more sensitive and attuned to market movements and consumer tastes.

On a technical level, contemporary young brewing startups can use the Cloud with its low capex (capital expenditure) model to get access to Internet of Beer tech fast and at a comparatively low cost.

Finally, on a practical level, connected IoT beer kegs mean that bar staff no longer have to strain their backs lifting flagons, firkins and other weighty vessels to test how much beer they still contain.

Cheers to connected beer, all hail to the Internet of Ale.

Read more: IoT on tap – Carling launches ‘beer button’

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Neural networks are the best way to come up with the name of your next favorite craft beer

Research scientist Janelle Shane has put neural networks to work in some interesting ways lately, such as new pickup lines or paint colors. She recently observed that as craft beer has surged in popularity, so too has the competition for naming those beers, which has increasingly led to lawsuits between breweries. Neural networks to the rescue!

She says that this is a problem that machine learning can help with, given the huge dataset out there. She was provided with a database of hundreds of thousands of beer names from BeerAdvocate, which she then had organized into broad categories. The result? Tons of “unique names that were plausible, or weirdly awesome, or so outlandish that they sounded like the sort of beer you could only buy…

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