Though the federal alcohol regulatory agency is blocking approval for the time being, the next trend in alcohol could be powdered alcohol. Though it may seem far-fetched to some and well-overdo to others, a company named Palcohol is pushing the barriers on what used to be a liquid only industry.
The concept is really quite simple on paper; just add the powder to and liquid and it instantly becomes an alcoholic beverage. You could easily conceive of applications such as turning your favorite flavor of soda into an alcoholic beverage without changing the flavor too much, or even adding it to your next batch of cookie dough or cake mix to create a delicious edible cocktail that also gives you a very nice buzz. Whatever you’re thinking about doing with the powder, it’s pretty obvious that it would open new doors that have never been even cracked before. Here are a few key selling points about Palcohol for use in the food and beverage industry.
- Since alcohol is very heavy, Palcohol can offer campers, hikers, and other adventurers an opportunity to enjoy an alcoholic beverage without adding several pounds to their baggage.
- For people traveling via airplane, they can take along their favorite beverage without needing to worry about laws and regulation regarding the amount of liquid you can take onboard. Available in re-sealable pouches, Palcohol weighs a very small fraction of what a full bottle of liquid alcohol products weigh as well as the much lighter and travel-friendly packaging.
- Not only passengers would benefit from powdered alcohol on planes, but the airline companies themselves would benefit greatly as well. Instead of offering only a few types of beverages onboard due to weight restrictions, powdered alcohol would allow for a vast selection of options which would increase sales. Conversely, an airline could offer the same selection of drinks yet lower their overall weight to save on fuel costs. Lastly, alcohol often makes up a large percentage of the cargo a plane is carrying when traveling to places like Hawaii or other island destinations. By carrying powdered alcohol instead of liquid bottles, the airline can save millions of dollars on fuel throughout the year.
However, Palcohol markets itself as much more than just a new way to get consumers intoxicated. They are very proud to boast all the other industrial and commercial applications that would love to benefit from the advances that powdered alcohol has to offer, and here are a few of them to get your brain churning.
- Palcohol can be a life-saving solution for medical facilities located in remote locations that can only have a certain amount of weight for each delivery. Making antiseptics and hand sanitizers from powder would allow them to receive more life-saving items and equipment.
- Palcohol has many great applications in the industrial realm ranging from livestock supplements to windshield wiper fluid. By lowering the cost of their product and shipping, they can make their products much less expensive to the end user.
- There are many potential energy applications for powdered alcohol ranging from fuel for camping stoves to emergency fuel source pouches for vehicles that can run on alcohol. Even the military has weighed in expressing interest due to its light weight for vehicle transport fuel that can easily be carried by soldiers in their backpack.
As you can see, there are several practical applications for powdered alcohol in addition to the many advantages it offers to the consumer market. It is unclear if or when the federal alcohol agency will approve Palcohol, but most indicators lead to them just needing further testing done to ensure its safe. One thing is for certain, though, the world of alcohol will never be the same when a thimble full of powder can become an entire glass of your favorite drink.