You may remember reading about Downstream a few issues ago but we are bringing them back to talk about their new range of beers! In case you missed it, DOWNSTREAM are the first craft beer brand to use blockchain technology, revealing everything you want to know about their beer, its ingredients and brewing methods. For the uninitiated, a blockchain platform creates a digital chain of events throughout the whole production process and tracks every single beer as it travels “from barley to bottle”. This digital record allows consumers to fully trace the product’s ingredients from source to give you full transparency on everything that goes into each and every can.
We spoke to Shane McCarthy from Downstream to find out what they have been up to and get the latest information on their new beers.
What 3 words would you use to describe Downstream and what you do?
Authenticity. Trust. Transparency.
Talk us through the three new beers?
All three beer names continue the synergy of using innovative technology solutions in craft brewing; Token Session IPA is a take on a blockchain token, and your modern day ‘Token’ session IPA. It has a light malt base complementing the Citra hop perfectly. Expect plenty of grapefruit and citrus flavours followed by hints of lychee and mango all ending with a clean thirst quenching finish.
Autonomy Juicy Pale Ale is inspired from the decentralised autonomous ledger that is fundamental within a blockchain’s digital ledger use in showcasing the transparency behind the craft of the brew. Amarillo leads the charge with lots of passion and stone fruit. Drops of citrus notes are balanced nicely with the distinct tropical esters while keeping the light character found with traditional pale ales.
Babel Hazy Pils encompasses the thoughts behind blockchain Babel, innovative software diffusion and its practical use for authenticity on beer provenance. Our Pils has everything you associate with the style; clean, crisp and refreshing. Saaz hops add a pinch of spice allowing the Pilsner malt to shine through. Deciding to leave the beer in its true state has captured the true flavour and warm glow traditionally lost through filtration.
What sets Downstream apart from other breweries?
Simple, we are the only brewery that is using blockchain technology to give consumers full transparency on the provenance on their Irish beer.
What have you learned throughout this process?
From a personnel perspective on brewing with the use of new-age technology, I think there is lots of room to grow and disrupt the world of beer transparency using such technologies as blockchain. Being more and more transparent can only be an advantage to the consumers.
Is there anything you want to share with the Flavourly readers about Downstream and your beers?
As much as the beers are technology focused, our priority was to make fantastic and contemporary beers for the everyday beer drinker to enjoy.