PicoBrew has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies product category. The Seattle-based company garnered accolades for PicoPaks, biodegradable ingredient packs designed to produce five liters of top-quality craft beer from award-winning craft breweries around the world and purpose-built for PicoBrew’s newest craft beer brewing appliance, the Pico. Products entered in the prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.
The new Pico enables craft beer enthusiasts to brew fresh, brewpub-quality beer using PicoPaks available on PicoBrew’s BrewMarketplace, which includes beers from award-winning breweries worldwide and prominent breweries such as Rogue Ales and Oakshire Brewing. The Pico, which is about the size of a home espresso machine, brews five liters (or about 13 bottles) of beer at a time. Users can adjust bitterness and alcohol levels during the brew cycle to customize their beer. Automatic steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe trays make cleanup easy.
“This award recognizes our commitment to building an environmentally conscious and leading-edge product,” said Bill Mitchell, CEO of PicoBrew. “We wanted to create an appliance that brings brewery-fresh, high-quality beer to any kitchen in an eco-friendly way. By using sugar husk to create the PicoPaks, we have set our product apart. After the completion of a brew, the PicoPaks are fully compostable.”
The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2017, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
The Pico will be displayed at CES 2017, which runs Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A selection of honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled New York, which features dozens of exhibitors and networking opportunities and runs 3-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.
Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, unique/novel features present and how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace.
Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.
CES 2017 Innovation Honoree products are featured on CES.tech/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.