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LG will show a ‘capsule-based craft beer’ machine at CES next month

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Unfortunately it isn’t called the LG DrinQ

LG has announced a “capsule-based craft beer system,” because nothing says “craft” more than easy one-button operation. It’s called the LG HomeBrew, of course, and LG will be unveiling it in full at CES next month. The capsules contain malt, yeast, hop oil, and flavoring, while the machine “automates the whole procedure from fermentation, carbonation and aging to serving and cleaning,” according to LG.

The HomeBrew will have five beers available: an American IPA, an American pale ale, an English stout, a Belgian-style Witbier, and a dry Czech pilsner. LG says that the machine will take around two weeks to produce up to five liters, though that’ll depend on the beer type. There’s a mobile companion app where you can check on the status of the brewing.

There are few environments as likely to drive people to drink as the Las Vegas Convention Center, so LG may well find a receptive audience for the HomeBrew at CES 2019. We’ll report back.