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Two of My Favourite Things

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If you’ve used Linux, or Firefox, or OpenOffice, you’ve used free, open source software. I’m a big fan of open source software. “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as “free speech,” not as “free beer.”

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably aware that cask-conditioned ale is the freshest way to enjoy beer. This is why I’m loving Spinnakers’ move to have a fresh cask of ale every weekday at 4:00pm. They started in January of 2009 and it’s been going strong. Last night was no exception. It is also where the world of free software and free beer collided.

A group of students at the IT University of Copenhagen, together with Superflex, a Copenhagen-based artist collective, wanted to illustrate how concepts of the free software movement might be applied outside the digital world. They came up with the idea of “Free beer” where the ingredients and process would be open. Anyone was allowed to add or edit the recipe for others to enjoy. You can get more information, as well as the recipe, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Beer.

Last night, the Spinnakers cask-du-jour was the illustrious Free Beer. It was fantastic. I was a little nervous with the guarana in it, but was able to sleep just fine :-).

If you’re a homebrewer, perhaps you want to try the Free Beer yourself or publish your recipes under a creative commons/open source licence for all to benefit and share [post a comment here with a link if you do]. If you live in Victoria, you should pop in to Spinnakers some weekday evening just after 4:00pm to see what the cask of the night is. You’ll want to get there sooner than later as it’s first come, first served. The cask can be emptied quickly!

~ Kris Constable, Victoria.

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