A brewery in Scotland has turned to the heavens in an effort to create a one-of-a-kind pale ale.
Innis & Gunn, the U.K.'s second-largest craft brewer, recently decided to source the water for its new Sky P.A. directly from clouds above Moffat, Scotland. To pull off the feat, the company used a power kite with an attached turbine and condenser to pull and collect moisture from the clouds. Over the course of the effort, a four-man team was able to collect enough water for 500 pints.
"It tasted like good cleaning brewing water," Dougal Sharp, the company's CEO and master brewer told NBC News on Nov. 2. He added that the Atlantic-sourced clouds were high in minerals and added some real flavor to the overall finished product. "We're very pleased with the [beer] flavor, we're very pleased with the way it turned out."
Sky P.A. is part of Innis & Gunn's recent crowdfunding efforts to increase its unique experiments with beers and expand its operations throughout Scotland.
“Through Adventure Capital we’re inviting people to own a piece of Innis & Gunn," Sharp said in a release. "Experimentation is in our blood, and we’re incredibly excited to invite beer lovers and investors everywhere to join us on our quest to push the boundaries of beer."
Innis & Gunn's cloud tapping project comes as craft brewers around the world continue to come up with creative beers to draw attention to their brands and build interest. Beers previously spotlighted on MNN have been brewed with everything from lunar dust to collagen. As a kind of precursor to Sky P.A., a brewery in Chile's Atacama Desert used moisture captured by fog nets to create its signature beers.
As for the future of brews containing cloud moisture, Sharp says that owing to the difficulty of capturing the water, it's not likely something he'll try again soon. Then again, consumer demand could change his mind.
"You never know," he hinted to NBC. "If people decide that they like it, then we'll look at it."