The Future of Beer: A Glimpse into the Brews of 2050 and Beyond

Written by Carne Reed

31 May 2023

The Future of Beer: A Glimpse into the Brews of 2050 and Beyond.

Beer, the beloved beverage that has been a part of human culture for centuries, continues to evolve at an astonishing pace. As we stand on the cusp of a new era, it’s fascinating to speculate what beer will look like in the year 2050 and beyond. In this post the team had a little fun as we brainstormed and discussed the future of beer, in true SMACK! style this landed up being about aliens, world dominations and some 7000 years in the future but we took a deep breath and toned it down….. Join us as we embark on a journey of imagination, exploring potential advancements, trends, and innovations that could shape the future of brewing.

Innovative Brewing Techniques:

The future of beer will witness the emergence of cutting-edge brewing techniques. From advanced fermentation processes to state-of-the-art equipment, brewers will leverage technology to create beers with unprecedented flavours and characteristics. Expect to see the rise of molecular brewing, where scientists manipulate ingredients at the molecular level to produce unique taste profiles and aromas and hopefully glow in the dark beers so you never misplace your beer again. We only said that as we are still dealing with loadshedding here in South Africa.

Sustainable Brewing:

As environmental concerns become even more pressing, sustainable brewing practices will take centre stage. Breweries of the future will prioritize eco-friendly measures, such as water conservation, energy-efficient brewing processes, and recycling of brewing by products. Ingredients will be sourced locally and sustainably, reducing carbon footprints, and promoting a sense of regional terroir.

Alternative Ingredients:

In the quest for new flavours, brewers will experiment with a vast array of alternative ingredients. Imagine beers brewed with exotic fruits, botanicals, spices, and even ingredients from unexpected sources like algae or mushrooms. Genetic engineering and bioengineering techniques will enable the creation of novel ingredients tailored to specific flavour profiles, further expanding the possibilities. This was an interesting discussion and some really strange ideas came up with ingredients especially since they have now made beer from recycled urine.

Personalized Brewing:

Thanks to advancements in technology, home brewing will experience a renaissance in the future. Brewing appliances equipped with AI capabilities will enable beer enthusiasts to customize their brews, tailoring every aspect to their preferences. From adjusting bitterness levels to experimenting with unique hop combinations, brewing at home will become a highly personalized and creative endeavor. Think about when we used to watch the Jetsons on TV, how cool if your beer just appeared in the microwavethingamajigy.

Functional and Health-Boosting Beers:

In response to evolving consumer demands, breweries will develop beers with functional benefits. Imagine beers fortified with vitamins, minerals, probiotics, or adaptogens, promoting wellness and offering a refreshing alternative to traditional beverages. These functional beers will cater to health-conscious individuals who seek balance between indulgence and well-being. Hell Yeah….. What a time that would be… No more dodgy flavoured protein shakes, just grab an FPA with protein and vitamins and you sorted. FPA stands for Future Pale Ale if you were not sure.

Immersive Beer Experiences:

Beer consumption will transcend the boundaries of taste and aroma, providing immersive experiences for consumers. Breweries will incorporate augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to enhance the sensory journey. Visitors to breweries or beer festivals will be able to virtually explore brewing processes, interact with virtual brewmasters, and even design their own label artwork. #cannotwaitforthisshit.

Collaborative and Community-Driven Brewing:

The future of beer will foster a sense of community and collaboration. Breweries will partner with local farmers, artisans, and other breweries to create unique collaborative brews that reflect the spirit of a region or a community. Crowdsourced beer recipes and community-driven feedback will shape the brewing landscape, ensuring that beers truly resonate with the preferences and tastes of the consumers.


As we gaze into the crystal beer mug, the future of beer appears bright and full of exciting possibilities. From innovative brewing techniques to sustainable practices, alternative ingredients, and immersive experiences, the beers of 2050 and beyond will captivate our senses and push the boundaries of flavour. Embrace the journey ahead, as we raise our glasses to a future where beer continues to evolve, surprise, and delight. Cheers to the next chapter in the story of beer!

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