is a beer which is free in the sense of freedom, not in the sense of free beer.
The project, originally conceived by Copenhagen-based artist collective Superflex and students at the Copenhagen IT University, applies modern free software / open source methods to a traditional real-world product - namely the alcoholic beverage loved and enjoyed globally, and commonly known as beer.
FREE BEER is based on classic ale brewing traditions, but with addded Guaraná for a natural energy boost. The recipe and branding elements of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) license, which means that anyone can use the recipe to brew their own FREE BEER or create a derivative of the recipe. Anyone is free to earn money from FREE BEER, but they must publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. All design and branding elements are available to beer brewers, and can be modified to suit, provided changes are published under the same license (”Attribution & Share Alike”)
FREE BEER is based on Vores Øl v. 1. FREE BEER v 3.0 is currently under revision by Skands Brewery and is scheduled to hit the shelves in Denmark (and hopefully be available for purchase online) by mid june 2006.
What others have said about FREE BEER:
“As everyone knows free beer will make you drink more and get drunk. When you get drunk you will speak more freely. So it will be free speach by free beer.”
“The recipe and brand of their beer is published under Creative Commons license, which means anyone can use the recipe for pleasure or profit.The only catch: If you make money selling their unique beer, you have to give them credit and publish any changes you make to the recipe under a similar license”.
Wired News: Free Beer for Geeks
“Its free as in Free beer, but not as in free beer.
“When you hear the words open source most people think of computer software programs like Linux. It’s a model where the original “source code” can be modified and improved at no cost…and it’s shared among users for free. Well now beer is free too”.
CBC Radio interviews Rasmus Nielsen from Superflex - listen here (Real media)
“Free Beer is one thing..
Trusting the Danish for your free beer is quite another
“The Danes love their beer, but increasingly they are looking beyond the old Danish standby, Carlsberg, to quench their thirst”.
BBC News: ‘Free’ Danish beer makes a splash.
“mmmmmm danishhhhh ….. beer? danishhhhhhh …. mmmm ..beerrrr…… danish? …..that would confuse the fuck out of homer simpson!”