Beer lovers of the world, we're sorry to break the news to you. After much excitement over the announcement of a beer drone delivery earlier this week, the U.S. government has banned it from flying.
The drone was the brainchild of Lakemaid Beer, the Fishermen's Lager. The company had tested the beer drone over frozen lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin in an effort to supply ice fisherman with a drink. Future flight tests had been planned and the idea seemed promising until the Federal Aviation Administration ruled it had to be shut down, NPR reports.
The FAA doesn't currently allow drones to be used for commercial delivery, according to NPR, but Jack Supple, president of Lakemaid Beer Company, thought they would be in the clear. "We were a little surprised at the FAA interest in this since we thought we were operating under the 400-foot limit," Supple told NPR in an email.
Lakemaid Beer is accused of breaking four, possibly five, FAA regulations. Saddened by the news, beer lovers have begun a White House petition to try to get the agency to allow Lakemaid to deliver beers via drones.
The fate of the beer drone remains uncertain but we'll keep you posted on any new developments. In the meantime, here's your chance to the see the beer drone in action: