We have seen a lot of connected coffee machines last year, from Auroma Brewing Company to Smarter Coffee. This year in CES 2017, iGulu, the company behind an automated home beer brewing machine, won CES 2017 Innovation Awards honoree in the Smart Home product category.

This is not the first time for this Shanghai-based startup to get noticed by the Western market. On June 2016, the company successfully funded their Indiegogo campaign, surpassing its goal by 701%, with over 1 million USD. Since then, the company changed its name from Artbrew to iGulu.

China is the world’s largest beer producer and consumer for the past 12 years. According to a report released by USDA China, annual sales of U.S. craft beer sales could reach 12 million USD by 2017.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com