Kodak beer: SuperEIGHT gose can develop Super 8 film

Kodak beer: new gose can develop Super 8 film

American brewery Dogfish Head has a saying: "Analog beer for the digital age." And its latest product, a collaboration with Kodak, proves that there is truth to that mantra – SuperEIGHT beer actually develops Super 8 film. 

The journey began last year, when Dogfish founder Sam Calagione was a guest on Kodak podcast The Kodakery. During that appearance, he learned that sufficiently high levels of acidity in specific beer could enable them to be used to process film stock.

Calagione took the interesting factoid as a challenge, and set about developing a new gose that would develop old film. As it happened, he was working on a beer with eight ingredients – prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices and toasted quinoa – that he was calling SuperEIGHT. 

With those concentrations of fruit it was inherently going to be a beer with high levels of acidity and vitamin C – the key ingredients for processing stock. So, while perfecting the recipe, Dogfish sent batches of the new brew over to Kodak to see if it could indeed develop film.

The proof of the brewing is in the drinking – or, in this case, the processing. The new beer developed film so successfully that Kodak actually partnered with the brewery to produce a short movie, shot on Super 8 film and developed with SuperEIGHT beer.

The result was used as a special instalment of Kodak's #Filmtravels series, shot on Tri-X Reversal Film stock.

If you're actually interested in drinking the stuff, rather than dunking film in it, "the unique ingredients give SuperEIGHT a vibrant red color, with delicious flavors of berries and watermelon, along with a tart – yet refreshing – finish." At 5.3%, it's also got a little pep in its step. 

SuperEIGHT will be available across the United States, in 12-ounce cans, starting in April.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.