The First Free and Open Source Beer

Posted by jun auza On 6/18/2008
Did you know that there's a widely recognized free and open source beer? It is appropriately called "Free Beer" --the name is a play on Richard Stallman's common explanation that free software is "free as in speech, not free as in beer."

Free Beer was created by a group of students at IT University of Copenhagen together with Superflex, a Copenhagen-based artist collective to illustrate how concepts of the free software movement might be applied outside the digital world. The recipe and brand of their beer is published under a Creative Commons license, which means anyone can use it for fun or profit.

Free Beer became popular when published articles about it entitled "Free Beer for Geeks" in 2005, and "Free, as in Beer" in 2006. Here's an interesting excerpt from one of those said articles:

"Stallman is annoyed that Superflex calls its project "open source beer": "You should have called it 'free software beer,'" he said prior to the Free Beer launch. But he no doubt recognizes the potential of this hack. As thousands are surprised by the quality of this fantastic beer yet puzzled by its name, at least some will read the explanation prominently printed on its large and striking label."

Currently, Free Beer is on its third version. If you are interested in creating your very own homebrewed beer, you can find some of the recipes of Free Beer HERE. I just hope that if something goes wrong when making the beer, there’s still time for debugging ;-)

Geeks surely know how to have fun. Cheers!

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