Exyn Technologies is a pioneer in autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied industrial environments. You may have heard of them, but probably not because they have nothing to do with beer brewing. Right? Wrong! At least according to this press release just sent our way.
Get this: Exyn and its fully autonomous drone technology partnered with Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewing to make the world’s first beer brewed with the help of a drone. The team is calling it “Swarm Intelligence” to honor Exyn’s drones’ full-stack automation and the multiple individuals who helped make this milestone possible. The new brew will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
“The payload has a multitude of onboard sensors to help it navigate and map its environment, including high-resolution LiDAR, as well as a motorized scoop to carry and deliver the hops,” the Exyn team notes.
Dock Street Brewing Co. was founded in 1985. It now has three locations in Philadelphia — Dock Street West, Dock Street Cannery and Dock Street South — and is known for its fearless, experimental beers like Dock Street Walker (brewed with goat brains in honor of its favorite show, The Walking Dead), and, now, this Drone-assisted beer with Exyn.
This Exyn Technologies and Dock Street Brewing partnership started when the two neighboring companies (yes, Exyn is also based in Philly) struck up a conversation about their passions around technology and innovation.
“We have always been motivated by innovation and being ahead of the curve. We started our craft brewery in 1985, well before the microbrewery revolution hit the rest of the country,” said Renata Certo-Ware, events and marketing at Dock Street Brewing. “It’s only a matter of time before drones will be everywhere in every sector, but this is the first known collab where a drone has actively contributed to the brew process. We’re thankful to have had Exyn’s drone come by to lend a neighborly hand on our recent brewday.”
More on Exyn, if you’re interested
Exyn’s autonomous aerial robot systems are most commonly used for industrial applications such as mining, construction and nuclear power. The team has recently announced the hiring of Raffi Jabrayan as director of markets and industries, who will oversee the international expansion of the company’s business in key verticals, including mining, logistics and construction.
In 2019, Exyn announced $16 million in Series A funding led by Centricus, with other investors including Yamaha Motors Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Corecam Family Office, Red and Blue Ventures, and IP Group Inc. This financing is helping Exyn to propel its commercial growth plans, accelerate the development of its technology and create innovative and practical offerings for customers.