February 2, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Beer-delivery drone grounded by FAA

Beer-delivery drone grounded by FAA.

Ice fishers in Minnesota are reeling from a recent FAA decision prohibiting beer delivery by drone.

Local brewery Lakemaid was testing a new drone delivery system to airlift frosty cases of beer to fishermen holed up in ice shacks on Mille Lacs Lake. After spotting a Lakemaid YouTube video that went up last week of one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on a test run, the Federal Aviation Administration contacted Lakemaid and told the company to stop.

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  1. I find it hard to believe there is a 12 pack or a case of beer under that copter. AN empty box maybe. Anyone know for sure? If it can deliver a full case, then they should be used for rescue and medical supplies in the Tetons and other mountains or the Grand Canyon. A case of beer is 20 pounds of cargo.

  2. Will Lakemaid be using beer-toting terrestrial robots to deliver the beer, then?

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