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German brewery develops world's first powdered beer

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LONDON (CBS/CBS Newspath/WKRC) - A German brewery is causing a stir with what it claims is the world's first powdered beer. While it's a concept to which some connoisseurs may have trouble raising a glass, creators say it's all all about helping the environment.

A novel idea is in the hopper at one of Germany's oldest breweries. Brewmasters say the future of beer is here... just add powder, water and stir.

"We've invented a completely new product," said Stefan Fritsche, general manager at Kloserbraurei Neuzelle. "Beer powder like this is the first in the world."

Creators say the eco-friendly concept could cut the need for bottles, crates and kegs; it would reduce the heavy carbon footprint of beer exports and slash the weight of deliveries by 90-percent.

"We could save up to 5-percent of CO2 emissions in Germany alone. Worldwide, it could be a gigantic sum," said Fritsche.

Makers say the first tastings of the powdered beer, dubbed the "dryest beer," have been promising -- delivering a real beer taste, light or dark, complete with carbonation and the signature froth.

But the intoxicating invention is alcohol-free for now. Brewers are hoping to add that element in the final stages before rolling out the powdered potion to the market by the end of the year.

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This same brewery in East Germany invented an anti-aging beer nearly 20 years ago that was released in the United States, Poland, and South Korea.

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