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Innovative and Bold: The Rise of Nitro Pepsi and Nitro Brew in the Beverage Industry

The beverage industry has recently seen a surge in innovation, with companies pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and introducing new and exciting products like nitro brews.  These bold new products are not only delicious, but they’re also changing how we think about carbonated beverages. With the popularity of Nitro Pepsi and the opportunities NitroBrew brings to the beverage industry, the benefits of including these two in stores and on menus have profitable implications. In this article, we’ll look closer at the rise of Nitro Pepsi and nitro brew beverages to explore why they’re quickly becoming the go-to drinks for those looking for something different.

The Science Behind Nitro Infusion

Nitro infusion in beverages is a process that involves adding nitrogen gas to the liquid. This process creates smaller bubbles than those found in carbon dioxide, which results in a creamy and level texture.  Nitrogen is less soluble than carbon dioxide, so it doesn’t dissolve as easily in liquid. As a result, the nitrogen bubbles are smaller and create a mellow texture. Nitrogen is also less acidic than carbon dioxide, which makes the drink less carbonated and more velvety. Nitro infusion is achieved by forcing nitrogen gas into the liquid under high pressure – a process easily achieved with our NitroBrew taps. NitroBrew introduced a nitro cold brew machine that infuses the nitrogen gas from the natural air we breathe. The air we breathe is 78% nitrogen. This enables you to save money and make it a clean and sustainable way to make nitro beverages. Nitro infusion is not limited to just sodas and beers, however. It can also be used in coffee, tea, and other beverages. The process of nitro infusion has been around for a while, but only recently has it gained popularity in the beverage industry.

The History of Nitro Infusion in the Beverage Industry

The history of Nitro infusion in the beverage industry can be traced back to the 1930s when nitrogen was first used in the brewing of Guinness. The nitrogen infusion process was initially used to reduce the beer’s bitterness and create a smoother texture. Nitrogen also creates the frothy head-on beer, a Guinness hallmark. Nitrogen infusion in beverages remained largely limited to beer until the 21st century, when coffee shops started to experiment with nitro infusion in coffee.  With a 904% menu increase over the last four years, it’s becoming one of the trendiest drinks available very quickly. Cafes nationwide are adding nitro options to their cold brew lineup, and with such a steady increase, nitro drinks are here to stay.

Benefits of Nitro Infusion in Beverages

Nitro infusion in beverages offers several benefits. The first benefit is the texture it creates. The smaller bubbles created by nitro infusion result in a mellow and less carbonated drink. This texture is especially appealing in beverages like coffee and tea, where the bitterness can be reduced, and the flavors can be enhanced. Another benefit of nitro infusion is the reduction in acidity.  Nitrogen is less acidic than carbon dioxide, meaning nitro-infused beverages are smoother and less harsh on the stomach. This reduction in acidity makes nitro-infused beverages a popular choice among those who suffer from acid reflux or other digestive issues. Nitro infusion can also help preserve the flavor and quality of the beverage.  The smaller bubbles that are created by Nitro infusion help to prevent the drink from going flat too quickly. This preservation of flavor and quality is especially important in carbonated beverages like soda and beer.

Nitro Pepsi vs Regular Pepsi – Taste Test

Nitro Pepsi is a newer product than regular Pepsi, and as a result, there has been some curiosity about how it tastes compared to the original.  Nitro Pepsi is a creamier and milder version of regular Pepsi, with a velvety mouthfeel that sets it apart.  >The smaller nitrogen bubbles create a texture that is less carbonated and more refreshing than regular Pepsi. The flavor of Nitro Pepsi is similar to regular Pepsi, but the creaminess and smoothness make it a more appealing choice for a richer drinking experience. Pepsi Co was a customer of NitroBrew single serve system for years. Although they never revealed the launch of nitro pepsi, we were told that NitroBrew was being used for experimenting and coming up with drink menu options! We are proud to have played a be a part of their success of nitro pepsi!

The Future of Nitro-Infused Beverages

Nitro infusion in beverages is a popular trend in the beverage industry, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Consumers are drawn to the unique and innovative aspects of nitro-infused beverages, and they appreciate the light and silky texture that they offer. One area where Nitro-infused beverages could see growth is in the DIY market.  NitroBrew understands this growing trend and offers a variety of nitro products. With the popularity of nitro drinks in the market, there are different needs for different establishments, including those who want to experiment with unique nitro drinks at home. With the popularity of nitro-infusion in beverages, there is a growing interest in creating nitro-infused beverages at home.  As the popularity of Nitro-infused beverages grows, we’ll likely see more options for consumers who want to create their own Nitro-infused drinks.

Conclusion

Nitro infusion in beverages is a trend taking the beverage industry by storm.  Products like Nitro Pepsi and NitroBrew coffee and beer are changing how we think about carbonated beverages, offering a rich and polished texture that sets them apart from traditional sodas and beers.  Nitrogen infusion offers several benefits, including a reduction in acidity, a smoother texture, and the preservation of flavor and quality.  As the trend grows, we can expect to see more establishments introducing nitro-infused beverages into their lineups and more consumers experimenting with nitro-infused beverages at home using NitroBrew home kits and creative bartenders and cafes will dedicate more taps to serve creamy nitro beverages and we think that would be just a fine idea!  
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Nitro Brew Coffee

New Coffee trends

Nitrogen Infused Cold Brew Coffee

 

Are you someone who serves coffee to today’s coffee drinkers? If you are, then you understand the importance of looking for new ways to help your consumers truly enjoy drinking their favorite cup of cold brew coffee. Or maybe you own a beverage processing business? More people than ever are purchasing ready to drink nitro cold brew coffee in cans, making this a great addition to your other beverage offerings.

Nitrogen infused cold brew coffee is a new trend that is definitely here to stay. Nitrogen is simply ideal when it comes to improving the overall taste, texture, and even presentation of cold brew coffee.

Read on to learn more about how nitrogen can be used to enhance the flavor of cold brew coffee drinks!

Cold Brew Coffee

Many coffee lovers enjoy drinking cold brew coffee because it tends to be less acidic and less bitter when compared to a cup of hot brewed coffee. A cup of cold brew coffee therefore tends to be crisp, light, and refreshing, as well as smoother and sweeter than hot. This is the main reason why cold brew is currently the preferred method of drinking coffee for both millennials and generation Z.

Good Body Coffee

A coffee’s body refers to its overall texture. A good body coffee will be strong, and have a nice weight or fullness to it that allows the consumer to enjoy as they sip. The viscosity should be one that allows the drinker to experience a pleasant creaminess as they drink. Basically, if the coffee has a good body, it will do great on nitro!

Coffee Beans

Choosing the right coffee beans is one of the most important parts of creating a delicious cup of cold brew coffee. Medium roast and dark roast coffees tend to be the best options for making cold brew. Some of the more popular flavors and aromas include citrus, caramel, chocolate, and hazelnut.

Types Of Cold Brew

There are two main types of cold brew coffee – regular cold brew and nitro cold brew.

Regular Cold Brew Method

Why does cold brew coffee taste so good? The regular cold brew method plays a large role in both the taste and overall quality of a cup of cold brew coffee. While cold brew coffee is not difficult to make, it does take time. The process needs to be done perfectly in order to create a perfect cup of cold brew coffee – place freshly ground coffee beans in a container (1 to 4 ratio), fill it with room temperature water, and let sit for 18 to 24 hours.

Nitro Cold Brew Method

How to make nitro coffee? The nitro cold brew coffee-making method uses the regular cold brew method to start and then passes nitrogen through the coffee to make the magic happen. The result is a sweeter and creamier cold brew that offers cold coffee lovers a more robust flavor. Special equipment must be used in order to properly infuse the cold brew with the nitrogen gas. At NitroBrew, we offer different types of nitro coffee machines for you to choose from. We offer a variety of nitro products because we understand there are different needs for different establishments, including those who want to experiment when it comes to serving unique nitro drinks! Know that nitro brew on tap is especially popular these days. Depending on the size of your restaurant, cafe, or bar, will help determine the exact type of nitro brew equipment you need. The fact that most establishments use the regular cold brew method means that establishments using the nitro cold brew method will definitely stand out!

Nitrogen Infused Cold Brew

Nitro coffee is not only here to stay, it is predicted to continue in its popularity through the next seven years. When cold brew coffee is nitrogenated, it energizes the cold brew, meaning anyone who consumes can expect delicious results. Choosing to infuse cold brew coffee using nitrogenation allows coffee lovers to experience all new flavors and all new aromas when consuming their favorite cup of cold brew. Nice!

Nitro cold brew coffee is:

  • lower in calories when compared to lattes or other flavored coffees
  • sweeter without the need to use any sugars
  • a safe drinking option for those who are sensitive to dairy products
  • lower in acidity, making it the preferred cold brew option for those with sensitive stomachs

Bottom Line

Whether you own a business and serve cold brew coffee to your customers, or are in the beverage processing business, offering your customers nitro cold brew options will definitely help you stand out from the competition.

Or maybe you want an at-home nitro brew system so you can enjoy nitro coffee at home for you, your family, and your friends? Whatever your needs are, we can help you set up your very own NitroBrew system. One of the many perks of owning an at home NitroBrew system is that it is a very sustainable way for you to create and make your own nitro beverages. We even made it easier by eliminating the need for using bulky nitrogen cylinders. There is also no longer a need to use pressurized kegs. This is why NitroBrew has the reputation of being the no-fuss nitro option for your business!

Nitro infused beverages are extremely popular nowadays, especially among the younger generations who enjoy exploring new and exciting beverage options!

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Coffee Shops Creative with Nitro Brew

Coffee Shops Are Getting Creative With Nitro Everything

Coffee Shops Are Getting Creative With Nitro Everything
by Dan Engel

Published on September 14, 2022 (Freshcup Magazine)

To say that nitro coffee is taking off might be the understatement of the year. With a 904% menu increase over the last four years, it’s fast becoming one of the trendiest drinks around. Cafes across the nation are adding nitro options to their cold brew lineup, and with such a steady increase, we think nitro drinks are here to stay.

But there’s a lot more to nitro than cold brew.

Although they generally end up in the cold brew section of the menu, there are so many fun and exciting ways to craft genuinely amazing drinks with nitro. Here are 15 unique nitro-based drink recipes that cafes, restaurants, and cocktail bars are using, along with tips on how to get creative with nitro infusion from coffee experts across the globe.

Full article on FreshCup : https://freshcup.com/coffee-shops-are-getting-creative-with-nitro-everything/

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The Sustainability Dilemma of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

The Sustainability Dilemma of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

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With a smooth texture and beer-like head, nitro cold brew continues to hit high notes with coffee drinkers worldwide. In fact, recent reports reveal nitro cold brew hitting a staggering 904% menu increase over the last four years.

Traditionally, serving nitro-infused drinks typically means investing in inefficient systems. Nitro setups can be cumbersome and generate waste, which may conflict with other environmentally-conscious business practices around the café, like composting spent grounds or reducing plastic usage.

We spoke to Murthy Tata, an inventor, chemical engineer, and founder of NitroBrew, to learn about the inefficiencies of serving nitro coffees and what cafe owners can do to eliminate the environmental costs of offering these drinks.

Full article on FreshCup : https://freshcup.com/the-sustainability-dilemma-of-nitro-cold-brew-coffee/

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Best Nitro Cold Brew System – Sustainability

NitroBrew Cold Brew System – Promise of Sustainability!

Nitrogen is a transparent, odorless gas that can be infused into coffee or any drink to produce a smooth, creamy beverage. Nitro Brew Coffee has been a fairly recent trend of nitro beverages that offers a completely different and delightful coffee experience. Cream or dairy is optional.

However, storing, transporting, and refilling nitrogen regularly is a highly energy-intensive process. The energy used to generate nitrogen from the air (air is 78% nitrogen) via the fractional distillation process produces a significant amount of carbon dioxide, not to mention the pollution dredged up for the fossil fuels generating power. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, is a major contributor to global warming and ocean acidification. Once produced, the cost of transporting and maintaining the high-pressure nitrogen tanks and cartridges can further add to the carbon footprint and climate change, and can be felt in the pocketbook.

Smaller portable and disposable gas cartridges, although convenient, can still mean moving a lot of metal for even smaller amounts of gas. And remember, although those cartridges are providing nitrogen, you are already including a lot of oxygen into the beverage by the time you open the gizmo, pour your drink, and screw-in that cartridge anyway! Today, most of the disposable cartridges are not recycled and end up in landfills.

We also think nitrous oxide gas (N2O) used for certain products (e.g. whipped cream and some “nitro-style” creamed coffees) is especially damaging. The global warming potential of nitrous oxide is almost 300 times greater than carbon dioxide Nitrous oxide persists in the atmosphere for hundreds of years as well causing cumulative damage to the environment. While nitrous oxide gas cylinders and cartridges bear the same problems as nitrogen systems, the nitrous oxide gas used ends up in the environment.

 

NitroBrew

We developed NitroBrew Kits with two things in mind:

i) Offer a clean and sustainable way to make nitro beverages
ii) Make serving nitro brew  affordable for everyone

At NitroBrew, we are very passionate about environmental sustainability. We offer a way to make Nitro-beverages without any consumables. Although all NitroBrew products can handle a variety of gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, argon, helium, etc) we strongly encourage everyone to simply use the air we breathe. When using air, you still infuse a lot of nitrogen (78% of air is nitrogen). Most of the remaining gas that is oxygen is actually more foam-positive than nitrogen.

The wonderful flavor of coffee (and tea, chocolate, beer, and various beverages and foods in general) is the result of complex chemical reactions that happen during processing. For example, the amino acids react with sugars and other carbohydrates during the roasting process (some of these are called Maillard reactions) giving rise to a variety of compounds beyond what is already present in the beans. These compounds include flavonoids [sic], polyphenols, tannins, and so on. The signature bouquet of a particular cup of coffee is the result of the bean variety, its growth and harvest conditions, moisture, the roasting time and temperature program, and so on. The spectrum of compounds that impact the taste and flavor can be quite complex- so much so that one can sometimes resign themselves to attribute it all to the mood of the roaster on that particular day he or she came to work 🙂

Everyone agrees that a freshly brewed cup of coffee from freshly roasted and ground beans tastes the best. But, if you let that coffee sit around, the flavor can go stale. The culprit is oxidation. There are numerous mechanisms for oxidative damage to the foods and beverages that cause staling. The maillard reaction products, flavonoids, polyphenols, various aldehydes, and lipids undergo oxidation by various mechanisms. Usually, despite the oxidative reactions, the compounds associated with stale character do not appear until long after the oxidation happens. Indeed, if the product is stored cold, it may take so long to notice stale character that the shelf life can be ‘freshness-dated’ as long as many months into the future.

 

What about Oxygen in the air?

The bad rap that oxygen gets is (justifiably) mainly from the experience of packaged goods industry where the goods need to be inventoried and moved through distribution and sales channels. Oxygen presence slowly leads to the food or beverage developing a stale character. Although the staling is noticeably faster at warmer storage temperatures staling is extremely slow at refrigerator temperatures. For example, beer, which happens to be one of the most oxygen-sensitive products to package, demands that the total package oxygen content be less than a few tens of parts per billion to get a decent shelf life at typical storage and distribution temperatures. If the product is kept cold, it can take several months for even an expert taster to pick up any stale character.

Environmentally Friendly and budget-friendly Nitro Brew System!

But none of the issues with Oxygen is really relevant for a typical NitroBrew technology use case. The idea is to make a fresh NitroBrew’d drink, on-demand, for instant gratification! With NitroBrew, while you can still use nitrogen for nitro coffee (or nitrous oxide to make whip cream), you can also do all of that with just air! And you don’t have to keep restocking gas cylinders or cartridges to continue to enjoy your favorite NitroBrew’d beverage. Go on and pat yourself on the back for really doing your part in helping Mother Earth heal.

Drawing the air we breathe and infusing that into the beverage is very energy efficient. The benefit of eliminating the large carbon footprint to manufacture and distribute these compressed gas cartridges and the pollution from the spent cartridges is huge in itself. The dollar savings and convenience that result from it are the icings on the cake.

 

Affordable

Nitro Brew solution for small shops, artisan cafes, mobile carts, etc with NitroBrew single serve commercial bundles or the Nitro Brew Table Top system. Recently, Barista Magazine had NitroBrew and One Utopia featured in their ‘Take Away’ section and you can read about the interview with Tina, owner of One Utopia!

Tina A: Owner, One Utopia inside The Downtown Exchange Clermont, in Clermont, Florida as well as a mobile unit that services Central Florida.

NitroBrew Tabletop Customer 1—How long have you used NitroBrew in your truck?
We’ve used NitroBrew for over a year in the trailer.NitroBrew Customer OneUtopia
2—What was it about NitroBrew that appealed to you compared to other nitro products on the market?
I loved the size and the ease of using the product.  It has a sleek look which is also important because almost everything is seen by the customer.  The value was great too compared to others on the market. I love that I don’t ever have to worry about filling cylinders or constantly having to buy cartridges.  This makes the product more sustainable and eco-friendly ~ it was just a win all around!
3—You also have a brick+mortar shop, correct? Do you use NitroBrew there, as well?
We do!  We use the NitroBrew machine in both the shop in The Downtown Exchange Clermont (It’s an arisian market with a handful of small business and artisans.)
4—Anything else to say about why you love using NitroBrew?
It’s compact, simple to set up, and looks great!  It’s an awesome addition for any business, no matter what the size.  You can have 2 side by side pouring something different for your customers.

 

NitroBrew Client OneUtopia Shop

References:

1.     http://blog.parker.com/the-hidden-costs-of-gas-cylinders
2.     https://www.vice.com/en/article/xwaxyz/your-nang-habit-is-trashing-the-earth
3.     https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/understanding-global-warming-potentials
4.     https://nitrobrew.com/good-beer-gone-bad/

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What is Nitro Brew?

Nitro brew energizes beverages with nitrogen while reducing carbonation. Although it is commonly associated with coffee – as in “nitro coffee” or “nitro brew coffee” – there are also a variety of other beverages that can be brewed with nitrogen, including beer, root beer, fruit drinks, and teas.

The History of Nitro Brew

The process of brewing nitrogen all begins with a mathematician by the name of Michael Ash, according to All About Beer Magazine. During the 1950s, Ash had been hired as the head of Guinness’ Sample Room, where 20 other brewers had been challenged with creating a more efficient system for draft beer in Ireland. Ash had considered nitrogen as a potential solution from the very beginning, however, it would be years before him and a keg designer would design an efficient system for serving draft beer via nitrogen. 

Since then, nitrobrewing has been adapted for root beer, fruit drinks, teas, and most commonly: coffee. 

The origins of Nitro brew coffee are a bit fuzzy. However, Business Insider and Men’s Journal both credit Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, OR, as one of the pioneers of the industry. In 2013, Stumptown Coffee Roasters began serving the rich, bold, nitro brew coffee. By April 2015, they began selling it by the can.

Now, nitro brew coffee has become a commodity at national chains such as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. As of September 2017, it was a $738.1 million market, Statista reports. 

 

How Nitro Brew Works

Nitro brew breathes life into your beverages by infusing nitrogen while simultaneously reducing the level of carbonation in less than 60 seconds.

The bubbles from nitrogen are tiny, tight, stable, and consistent, in contrast with the effects of carbonation. This adorns nitro brew beverages their signature, picture-perfect layer of foam. 

More information about the NitroBrew process and its benefits are available on our website.

What Nitro Brew Tastes Like

From the moment your taste buds come in contact with your beer, coffee, or tea, you can tell instantly whether or not it’s been infused with nitrogen. It is bold, thick, rich, creamy, fizzy, chilling, and ultimately far more satisfying. Not only does it quench your thirst, but its consistency encourages you to take your time and truly revel in each sip.

Regardless of your beverage of choice, you owe it to yourself to give nitro brew a taste. There really is nothing quite like it.

Nitro Brew vs Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee

The biggest difference among nitro brew, cold brew, and iced coffee is the texture. Nitro brew coffee is thick, foamy, and bubbly – much like a beer. Cold brew and iced coffee are much thinner. Both also lack what gives nitro brew coffee its signature experience: the foam and bubbles. 

As for flavor, nitro brew is definitely more robust. Cold brew coffee is steeped for hours in cool water, giving it a mild, sweet, consistent, and less acidic flavor. Iced coffee tastes very much like a standard cup of coffee, however, the temperature gives it a smooth element, making it a bit easier to swallow than hot black coffee. Naturally, Iced coffee begins to taste diluted as the ice within the beverage begins to melt. 

Nitro Brew Health Benefits

Not only is nitro brew safe, but it is also actually better for you than standard beverages. It is less acidic, making it less harsh on your teeth and stomach. It’s lower levels of acidity also reduce the harsh, bitter taste associated with coffee and beer, making it “sweeter” without the use of any sweeteners. 

Nitro brew coffee also has higher levels of caffeine than a standard cup of coffee. Caffeine encourages digestion by boosting your metabolism, the American Journal of Physiology reports. Caffeine is also associated with an increase in focus and productivity, an increase in mood, as well as a risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

On the flipside, too much caffeine can also have some negative side effects in those who are a bit more sensitive to the substance. The negative side effects include anxiety and sleep disorders. It is also a stimulant – like nicotine, amphetamines, and cocaine – which makes caffeine addictive.

Is Nitrobrew More Expensive?

Generally speaking, yes. While prices will vary depending on where you go, nitrogen brewed beverages generally cost a dollar or two more than their counterpart. Don’t let this discourage you. For a little extra money out of pocket, you are treating yourself to a smoother, sweeter, frothier blend. Nitro brew beverages aren’t just beverages. They’re an experience. 

Alternatively, you can bring nitro brew coffee into the comfort of your home with our nitro coffee systems. You can enjoy NitroBrew whenever you want without sacrificing the additional surcharge of a traditional coffee shop or bar for just the one-time fee of one of our setups. 

Once you’ve got your own NitroBrew station at home, you can pull inspiration from and enjoy a variety of tutorials available on our YouTube channel

Who Should Try Nitro Brew?

Everyone. Whether your life revolves around your morning cup o’ joe, a mid-afternoon tea, or like to unwind with a tall glass of beer at the end of the day, everyone deserves to try NitroBrew. Our kettles and kits can also make sodas and juices far more interesting and delectable for all walks of life. 

NitroBrew is delightful, rich, and satisfying. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but the rest of your body will, too. You can enjoy the drinks you already love with less acidity. It’s also a great dietary alternative to traditional coffee, as NitroBrews naturally thick and sweet taste will leave you less inclined to reach for creamer and sugar. 

The Nitro brew market is rapidly approaching a worth of $1 billion for a reason. There’s a reason consumers around the globe are willing to pay a little more for the coveted experience of a nitro brew beverage. If it weren’t a healthier and delicious alternative, the trend would have definitely fallen flat on its coaster by now. 

Nitro brew has withstood the test of time and the pallets of critics and casual coffee addicts from all around the world. It is our mission to deliver the unique, unbeatable quality of nitro brew straight to your home.

Head on over to our blog for the latest tips, tricks, and trends of NitroBrew beverages.

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Women and beer

Women and beer: A brief history

Women and beer have a complicated history. Today, it’s natural to assume that beer brewing, packaging, and selling has been a male-dominated field since its inception, but did you know women were actually making beer in the very beginning, as early as the 18th century?

Until the industrialization of brewing beer, women participated in both the brewing and selling. But, gradually, this shifted. Women were typically restricted to only selling while men started making the product.

In Europe, both single and married women worked in the brewing trade, with married women often working in tandem with their husbands as business partners. This effectively doubled their business and therefore their profits. Today, several breweries are run by husband-and-wife teams, including Sycamore Brewing Company, Odd 13 Brewing, Denizens Brewing Company, Save the World Brewing, Arkose Brewery, Huss Brewing Company, Bone Up Brewing Company, Moustache Brewing, and Big Choice Brewing, among many others.

For women, the beer industry has changed immensely, and continues to do so.

Chatting about beer with Emily Engdahl

NitroBrew recently had the pleasure of chatting with Emily Engdahl, the Executive Director of the Pink Boots Society, which aims to “assist, inspire, and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their career through education.”

The Pink Boots Society is comprised of brewers, packagers, designers, servers, writers, and more. They also offer scholarship opportunities to women in the beer industry.

We wanted to chat with Emily about the mission, past, present, and future of the Society, and the world of women in beer in general.

Everyone has their “gateway” into falling in love with drinking craft beer. For Emily, it was Ninkasi Brewing’s Tricerahops Double IPA. With a history of drinking Coors Light, Henry’s Private Reserve, and Moose Drool, she was completely blown away by everything else out there. She particularly notes Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout—“I couldn’t believe it was beer.”

From there, she immersed herself into several beer-forward environments, eventually leading up to her very own educational beer programs (#pdxbeergeeks and Oregon Beer Country) in Oregon—a bucket-list destination for any craft beer fan.

She shared that her “overabundance of excitement and adoration for the industry” is what led to her Executive Director position with Pink Boots. She met the owner, Teri Fahrendorf, an award-winning master brewer, and immediately saw that her own background could boost Pink Boots into something truly special.

She recalls, “Eventually my day job took a back seat as I volunteered more and more for Pink Boots and took on more responsibility. I was hired on as the first Executive Director for Pink Boots Society.” And the rest, they say, is history. She says her absolute favorite part about her job is putting faces to the names of women she emails with, hearing how Pink Boots has impacted their lives.

Curious where the Pink Boots Society got its name? So were we!

Emily explains, “As Teri traveled, she began compiling a contact list of the Brewsters she met and called it the Pink Boots Society after the pink brewing boots she received as a gift from her mother in law and wore while guest-brewing along her journey.” The first Brewster she met was Stone Brewing’s Laura Ulrich.

Now, Pink Boots is certainly much more than pink boots. It is “the singular education association for professional women in the beer industry.” A one-of-a-kind organization, they are “the encouraging voice behind the entire beer family,” says Emily.

When it comes to women in the beer, Emily hopes we’ll get to a point where we won’t even need to have this conversation.

Hopefully we can get to the point where no one says anymore ‘so what’s it like to be a female brewer?’ and instead we start talking about the qualities of beer, and the power of beer family, and the changes that we can create. I hope that the ways in which we can interact with one another and across different industries and values with beer in common help to bridge some of the tears in our culture’s fabric.”

And she hopes to see that shift herself! She says, “Ultimately I would like the conversation to change from women in beer to helping in beer, or quality in beer, or exciting new ideas in beer.”

Emily dreams of a culture in favor of female-led businesses, those who work for the betterment of our country. And she says, “the pendulum is beginning to swing” and that women will “just continue to rise!”

But, it’s important to consider just how and when change is going to happen. Not overnight. “I’m not naïve to the slow rate of change.” She does hope that “we can all help each other to aim for the tipping point where women and men can work together towards the bigger picture, safely and respectfully, no matter what the industry.” Judging by the growing prominence of women in all aspects of the beer industry, we are certainly getting there.

Emily has seen changes herself—just since working with Pink Boots! “It has grown more inclusive!” she says. “We are making strides!”

For any women reading this who wants to dip her feet into the beer industry, Emily encourages, “Forge on ahead! Manifest it!”

She adds, “Don’t believe people if they tell you you can’t. Go around that. Try a different avenue. Do whatever you need to in order to learn what you need to in order to make your dreams work.”

She admires that the women of Pink Boots truly embrace the meaning of ‘paying it forward’—not just through their scholarship program, but through “meetings, their friendships, the resource building, and the collaboration that happens.”

While thinking about all of this industry business, it’s important to have fun, too. We asked Emily about what she loves to drink.

Being in Oregon, Emily is surrounded by some world-renowned beer, namely DeGarde, one of the few spontaneous-fermentation breweries. And it just happens to be Emily’s favorite style of the moment, too. Though she says she’s gone through many phases, and still loves “a nice soft stout” on nitro, she is digging wild fermentation at the moment.

She embraces being able to try any new beer she can—“it’s a whole new world these days!” And her other sparkling drink of choice? Seltzer. “I drink obscene amounts of sparkling water,” she admits.

As much as she enjoys DeGarde, Emily notes her deserted-island brewery of choice would be Urban Family, another sour-focused brewery. She particularly loves their Tropic Heart, a mango sour. “You could probably live off that a few days if you needed to…”

So, there you have it! The future for women in beer is bright, and coming at us pretty quickly. Thanks to organizations like The Pink Boots Society and women like Emily Engdahl, women are embracing their passions in life and just going for it.

Emily said it best: “We only have one shot to repay humanity forward, so make sure that whatever you do, it’s something you are passionate about.”

Author:  Erica Weiman

 

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Food Truck Phenomenon

We at NitroBrew have found some of the most hard working and creative folks in the food truck business. We consider them real entrepreneurs who have taken great risks to make their dream come true. Usually, it is a family business and together they make a big impact in the community. We are fortunate to play a small role in this phenomenon. NitroBrew helps food trucks provide unique offerings to customers.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, revenue earned from food truck operations in the United States has more than tripled over the last three years. In 2014, total food truck revenue clocked in at $650 million. In 2017, the estimated revenue reached $2.3 billion.

Though food trucks still represent a small percentage of the national restaurant industry, which sees $799 billion in sales annually, these mobile food and drink purveyors have seen steady growth over the past decade. According to the recent report, by the end of 2016 there were nearly 4,000 trucks operating around the country, employing more than 13,500 people.

As this growth continues and as new food trucks and mobile carts continue sprouting up on city streets, it’s becoming increasingly important for existing operations to set themselves apart from their competitors. But food trucks often have limited resources meaning they must find unique ways to draw in customers without expelling ample resources. And what’s more, they have to do all of this in a small space.

“In the food truck industry, it’s important that you have something that makes people interested and want to follow you everywhere you go,” says Angela Vannett, co-owner of Pura Vida Grinds, a mobile Costa Rican coffee cart operating in Arizona. “There are lots of mobile coffee businesses these days so we try and stand out with our delicious imported coffee, high quality ingredients and a menu that offers the most incredible tasting nitro creations.” @puravidagrinds

One of the ways trucks like Pura Vida Grinds are adding new offerings for customers is through NitroBrew. We offer a system that lets users infuse nitrogen into any beverage at the point of service. In the past, nitrogen-infused drinks had to be made in advance and stored in pre-nitrogenated kegs and bottles that require special taps, but with NitroBrew users can make one serving at a time. NitroBrew can be used with beer, coffee, tea, root beer, fruit juices and more to make smooth and creamy drinks.

Pura Vida Grinds has been using NitroBrew at its mobile coffee cart since March of last year. The company says being able to offer nitro drinks to customers helps them stand out from their competitors.

“We wanted to use NitroBrew right away because we loved the taste of nitro and because we knew it would set us apart from those who didn’t have it,” Vannett says. “The use of nitro in cold brew, specialty drinks and teas is growing in popularity right now so it’s a great addition to our menu and what we are able to offer to our customers.”

With NitroBrew, Pura Vida Grinds can create the kinds of creamy and frothy beverages that usually require the use of milk or other dairy substitutes.

“The product is well built and easy to use. The drink creations are nearly endless and they offer a variety of products for everyone,” Vannett says. “It’s awesome since we have such a small trailer and would ordinarily not have enough room for a full inline system, but since they have the single serve kettle, we are able to pour delicious nitro drinks just like the bigger coffee spots.”

The compact nature of the NitroBrew system was a major draw for Pura Vida Grinds. It was also a main selling point for another Arizona-based coffee cart, Pour Jo Coffee.

“What I really like about NitroBrew is it takes up very little space,” says Pour Jo co-owner David Martinez. “Everything’s done at the time of serving so it gives you more flexibility to offer variations to your customers.” @PourJoCoffee

NitroBrew’s single serve systems are small enough to be used in the home, making them a perfect fit for food trucks and mobile carts. Our kits include a charging station and a 12 oz. kettle. A commercial kit option includes three kettles, ideal for use in the food industry. And all options come with and without compressors. For more information, contact us here.

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Ο κρύος καφές Nitro Brew και (σχεδόν) τα πάντα σχετικά με αυτόν – μέρος 1ο

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Αυτό το άρθρο είναι διαθέσιμο επίσης στα: Αγγλικα

Ο κρύος καφές έχει αλλάξει εδώ και καιρό. Ο κόσμος τον επιλέγει συνειδητά και του αρέσει. Και ακόμα και η πολυεθνική με τη γοργόνα στον λογότυπο έχει πια ένα στον κατάλογό της από αυτό που θα παρουσιάσουμε σήμερα… Και λες και αυτά από μόνα τους δεν είναι ήδη περίεργα νέα (σ.σ. για μας στην Ελλάδα ο κρύος καφές είναι συνηθισμένος φυσικά, αλλά εντάξει) κάποιοι τύποι που βλέπουν μπροστά από την εποχή τους, σκέφτηκαν «Γιατί να μην τον βάλουμε σε βαρέλι, να τον ενισχύσουμε με άζωτο και να το σερβίρουμε σα draft; Γλιτώνουμε χρόνο, χρήμα και είναι και απίστευτα cool!». Και κάπως έτσι, γεννήθηκε ο κρύος καφές Nitro Brew …

«Γιατί να μην βάλουμε τον κρύο καφέ σε βαρέλι, να τον ενισχύσουμε με άζωτο και να το σερβίρουμε σα draft; Γλιτώνουμε χρόνο, χρήμα και είναι και απίστευτα cool!». Και κάπως έτσι, γεννήθηκε ο κρύος καφές Nitro Brew

 

Οι λεπτομέρειες του NitroBrew

Ο Nitro Brew είναι βασικά κρύος καφές φίλτρου, ο οποίος είναι τοποθετημένος σε ένα σύστημα σερβιρίσματος draft και το βαρέλι του καφέ βρίσκεται υπό πίεση χάρη στην ενίσχυση από άζωτο. Αυτό που χρειάζεται επιπλέον είναι ένα ειδικό ακροφύσιο, το οποίο περιέχει μια μικροσκοπική τρυπητή πλακέτα που δημιουργεί πολύ μικρές δίνες που έχουν σαν αποτέλεσμα ένα εξαιρετικά αφρώδες αποτέλεσμα με πολύ απαλή αίσθηση στο στόμα, κάτι σαν αυτό που ξέρουμε και λατρεύουμε από την αγαπημένη μπίρα Guiness. Το τελικό προϊόν είναι ένα φρουτώδες και φρέσκο, πλούσιο και κρεμώδες, ποτήρι καφέ! Ως τώρα όμως, έχεις πάρει μόνο μια μικρή γεύση από το άζωτο, μόνο αν είσαι ο τυχερός κάτοχος του draft συστήματος…

 

Nitro Brew

 

Μια μικρή εταιρεία από τις ΗΠΑ, με την ονομασία –μα τι έκπληξη-  “NitroBrew”, θέλησε να λύσει αυτό το πρόβλημα, δημιουργώντας παράλληλα ένα πολύ πιο χρηστικό εργαλείο. Το αποτέλεσμα ήταν ένα ξεχωριστό γκάτζετ, με το ίδιο ακριβώς όνομα, το οποίο επιτρέπει την παραγωγή κατά παραγγελία μονοδόσεων ενισχυμένου Nitro Brew, ενώ παράλληλα είναι πιο φθηνό και εξοικονομεί πολύ χώρο.

 

 

Nitro Brew

 

Μια μικρή εταιρεία από τις ΗΠΑ, με την ονομασία –μα τι έκπληξη-  “NitroBrew”, δημιούργησε ένα ξεχωριστό γκάτζετ, το οποίο επιτρέπει την παραγωγή κατά παραγγελία μονοδόσεων ενισχυμένου Nitro Brew, ενώ παράλληλα είναι λιγότερο ακριβό και εξοικονομεί πολύ χώρο.

 

Δοκιμάζοντας το Nitro Brew

Το κιτ που προσφέρεται για οικιακή χρήση περιέχει όλα όσα χρειάζεστε για να ξεκινήσετε. Ένα βραστήρα, έναν συμπιεστή με φίλτρο αζώτου και ρυθμιστή πίεσης, ένα σταθμό φόρτισης, έναν εύκαμπτο σωλήνα και κάμποση κολλητική ταινία διπλής όψης. Μπορείς να αποκτήσεις ένα βασικό σετ με κόστος από 355 δολάρια, ενώ σου δίνεται η δυνατότητα να αποκτήσεις τα εξαρτήματα ξεχωριστά.

Τόσο ο συμπιεστής όσο και ο ανοξείδωτος μεταλλικός βραστήρας αφήνουν μια στιβαρή αίσθηση ποιότητας. Μόνο το πλαστικό χερούλι του βραστήρα δείχνει ότι μπορεί να παραδώσει το πνεύμα σε περίπτωση εκτεταμένης χρήσης. Οι οδηγίες πάντως ήδη έχουν προειδοποιήσει να μην κουνάμε το βραστήρα από το χερούλι… Ο σταθμός φόρτισης είναι επίσης κατασκευασμένος από πλαστικό, αλλά δε χρειάζεται να ανταπεξέλθει και στην ίδια πίεση, οπότε λογικά δε θα υπάρχει θέμα.

Το στήσιμο του συστήματος είναι πανεύκολο. Μπορείς να «στήσεις» τα πάντα χωρίς να χρειάζονται καν επιπλέον εργαλεία. Ο σωλήνας ενώνει τον σταθμό φόρτισης με τον συμπιεστή πολύ εύκολα. Αν επιθυμείτε μπορείτε μάλιστα να ασφαλίσετε τον σταθμό με την ταινία διπλής όψεως πάνω στον πάγκο σας, ή να τον αφήσετε ελεύθερο για να είναι πιο ευέλικτος. Μόλις ο συμπιεστής συνδεθεί με το ρεύμα, είστε έτοιμοι για χρήση!

 

Nitro Brew

 

Η μέγιστη πίεση που αντέχει ο βραστήρας είναι 45psig (ή 3.1 bar). Αν επιθυμείτε, μπορείτε να αλλάξετε την προκαθορισμένη ρύθμιση πίεσης, απλά με ένα στρίψιμο του χεριού σας. Μπορείτε ακόμα και να συνδέσετε το σύστημα με ένα δοχείο αζώτου, αλλά να ξέρετε ότι τότε σίγουρα θα χρειαστείτε κάποια έξτρα εργαλεία…

Το στήσιμο και ο συνολικός χειρισμός του Nitro Brew είναι πανεύκολα, ακόμα και για ερασιτέχνες χρήστες, αρκεί απλά να ακολουθήσεις τις οδηγίες.

Ο χειρισμός είναι το ίδιο εύκολος με το στήσιμο. Γεμίζετε τον βραστήρα με το υγρό της επιλογής σας, κλείνετε το καπάκι και «φορτώνετε» το άζωτο πιέζοντας τη βαλβίδα που βρίσκεται στη βάση. Το κουνάτε για καναδυό δευτερόλεπτά, θυμούμενοι να μην ασκήσετε πίεση στο χερούλι, και μετά από αυτό είστε έτοιμοι να ρίξετε το ενισχυμένο με άζωτο υγρό σας στο δοχείο της αρεσκείας σας.

 

Nitro Brew

 

Αν γεμίσετε τον βραστήρα με περίπου 350ml υγρού η διαδικασία αυτή θα διαρκέσει συνολικά γύρω στα 20 δευτερόλεπτα. Όσο περισσότερο υγρό έχει ο βραστήρας, τόσο ταχύτερα θα «φορτώσει», αλλά ίσως χρειαστεί να επαναλάβετε την ενίσχυση για να διατηρείτε πάντα την ίδια ποιότητα στον αποδιδόμενο αφρό.

Μέχρι τώρα δεν συναντήσαμε κανένα πρόβλημα στη χρήση του συστήματος. Το μόνο πράγμα με το οποίο ίσως χρειαστείτε κάποια στιγμή βοήθεια είναι το καπάκι το οποίο αν δεν κλείσει εφαρμόζοντας με ακρίβεια, θα χρειαστεί να επανέλθετε πιέζοντάς το για να κλείσει ερμητικά. Το καθάρισμα επίσης δεν είναι πρόβλημα, αφού μπορείτε απλά να χρησιμοποιήσετε το άζωτο για να ενισχύσετε λίγο νερό και να καθαρίσετε έτσι τη βαλβίδα ή ακόμα και να το βάλετε στο πλυντήριο πιάτων.

Ακολουθεί το δεύτερο μέρος τις επόμενες ημέρες…

 

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