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Synek Countertop Beer Tap Is Kind Of Like A Kegarator Without Being One

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The Synek Draft System pictured above isn’t a kegerator for the simple reason that it doesn’t use any beer kegs. These are large and unwieldy anyway, and you’d have to be seriously committed to beer drinking to set a system like that up in your place. Instead, Synek uses special 1 gallon pressure pouches that are capable of handling up to 30psi of pressure, and block out UV rays. Simply fill them up at any local tap (if you know a place that’ll fill up a growler, they’ll fill these bags up too) and insert it in the device. Just like that you’ve got cold beer on tap, in quantities that are reasonable for any household. You won’t lose any carbonation on account of the special pouches, and once opened they’ll last for months and not days like a growler.

The device is doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, and a $300 pledge will get you one machine plus 5-10 bags.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Digital Trends ]

An Out-of-this-World Kinda Cool: Star Wars R2-D2 Can Cooler

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R2-D2 is a bot of few words–okay, of many words–but few of which we can actually understand. The pleasure that comes from having your brew of choice kept cool in this R2-D2 can cooler though, needs no words because silence speaks louder than words ever can. Whether you’re a fan of George Lucas’s epic franchise or not, this particular can cooler is a sight for sore eyes and will keep the temperature of your booze cool, just like you like it.

The R2-D2 can cooler is currently on sale for $5.59.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

eCool Beer Cooler Uses The Earth To Keep Your Suds Frosty

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Warm beer is as appetizing as cold soup (sorry, gazpacho lovers), but keeping the temperature down on your malt liquor does usually use up some electricity. If this thought rubs you the wrong way, take a look at the eCool Beer Cooler: it uses the coolness of the earth to keep the temperature down. Dig a deep hole, place the eCool in there, and you’ll have access to 24 beers that will be as cold as your ground is. Granted, if you live in a really warm climate, this may not be that cold. But in campgrounds and other places far removed from the grid, the eCool seems like a fantastic, if not ideal, solution. Also, the beers will allegedly not freeze in the winter, which could make this work year round.

Beers are shuttled up and down through a crank-powered conveyor belt, and installation procedures are described thusly: ” It’s advised to use a garden drill, but can be installed with a shovel as well, if you’re a real man (emphasis ours -Ed.). The earth cooler’s top is very well isolated and maintains about the same cooled temperature throughout the whole container.”

You’re going to have to be a “real man” with a deep wallet as well if you want to own the eCool, as the asking price is around $285.

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Drunk for Justice: Justice League Beers

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Ever wondered what superheroes did to unwind? They probably went out on trips or pretended to be mere civilians for a change. Or they could be huge beer fans and brew booze whenever they get the chance…or not.

These Justice League-inspired beer bottle designs were created by graphic designer Marcelo Rizzetto. Each one features a superhero’s iconic logo and is given an appropriate name, based on who inspired them. For example, Batman’s is dark ale beer with his bat logo splashed across the bottle, while Superman’s is pale lager that’s dubbed “Super Strong Beer.”Continue Reading

Get Your Beer Mug Frosty In As Little As 10 Seconds

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Those of you who partake in an occasional malt liquor ingestion ritual will surely know how satisfying it is to have your libations served to you in a mug that’s cold enough to be frosty. But frosty glasses aren’t always at the ready, so that’s where this Beer Glass Froster contraption comes in. Powered by a CO2 tank (sold separately), it’ll get a room-temperature glass down to the required temp in 10 seconds.

Its spout emits a frosty cloud that converts a typical, room temperature beer glass into an ice-cold mug in seconds. The unit’s wide spout allows the CO2 to completely cover a rocks glass for a margarita or a beer stein. The froster mounts to a bar or countertop with the included clamp (requires a minimum 2″ overhang) and takes up as little counter space as a coffee maker.

Cooling your glassware down in 10 seconds is obviously the kind of luxury that doesn’t come cheap. The unit itself is $400, and that’s not even including the CO2 canisters which usually cost around $20 with a $5 refill.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

I Think I’ll Pass: Zombie Booze Brewed With Actual Brains

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As much as I love the Walking Dead and everything else inspired and associated with it, I’m not too keen on Dock Street Brewing’s Walker beer. It’s an American pale stout that was made in honor of the show’s season finale, and in keeping with the comic book-turned-television show’s theme, it’s brewed with smoked goat brains.

Dock Street Walker gets its blood red hue thanks to organic cranberries and not the brains, so that should set your mind at ease–even just a little bit. The beer is 7.2% alcohol by volume and will be released at Dock Street Brewing Co. on March 30. You might want to drop by if you happen to be in the area.

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Maple Bacon Coffee Beer? Really? That Settles It: There Is A God!

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Like hitting a royal flush, this Porter beer by Funky Buddha Brewery straight up mashed all our happy buttons at once. Maple syrup, bacon, and coffee flavours in a beer? Good Lord, we’re so excited we’d rather let them describe it:

Evoking a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with a multitude of flavors at play. It pours an opaque ebony brew with a frothy tan head. Aromas of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream creep forth from the glass. The mouth feel is luxuriously creamy, with layers of sweet malt, toffee, and roast giving way to waves of smoke, coffee, and salted chocolate. It finishes sticky, rich, and sweet, with the flavor of maple syrup lingering pleasantly on the tongue.

It’s a special release brew with 6.4% alcohol content. We’re not sure where it’s available, but the company’s website is solid and should be able to point you in the right direction.

Incidentally, you should check these guys out altogether. They have a bunch of other funky flavours, like Raspberry Habanero and Reece Peanut Butter Cup.

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Crime & Punishment Chile-Infused Beers Will Put Your Manliness To The Test

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You can say you like beer, but if all you ever down is can after can of Bud Light, you don’t like beer; you like getting drunk. The more discerning aficionados tend to gravitate towards craft brews as they typically pack more taste and aroma than their mass produced corporate counterparts. On the scene since 1996, Stone Brewing company is known for their hop-heavy California-style brews. And now they’ve launched an intriguing duo of chile pepper-infused beers, called Crime and Punishment, which is based on some of their better selling current roster of beers. Here’s their description of what they’ve done:

Crime is Lukcy Basartd Ale (correct spelling -Ed.) (a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale) brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Like a criminal act, this capsicum-laced temptation — brewed with jalapeños and black nagas, to name but a few — provides entrée into the seedy underbelly of Stone’s pepper-induced purgatory. Similarly, Punishment is 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Brutally hot and unyielding in its imposition, this intensely hellish spawn of Caribbean red hots, fatalis and Moruga scorpion peppers is a just dessert for any spice-taunting masochist who dares to engage it.

Craft beer, hot peppers, mouth melting heat? Sounds like a combination made for the more daunting among us. And we’re going to do everything we can to get our hands on some.

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Spin Chill Gets Your Brews Frosty In No Time

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Did you know that spinning a can of beer in ice drastically cuts the time it takes to lower its temperature? No? Neither did we, but apparently that’s true and it has something to do with convection currents you create within the liquid. We’re not clear on the physics at play to be honest, but Spin Chill hopes to capitalize on the principle by offering you two ways of getting a can of beer frosty in as little as a minute. The first is the Chill Bit, which is a plastic attachment that accepts a standard can of beer on one end, and plugs into a drill on the other. Plunge the whole thing in icy water and spin till cold. But if you don’t carry a drill around with you, the Beerouette has you covered. It’s a small, self-contained, motorized, waterproof beer spinner device that’s meant to be immersed in an ice-filled cooler along with the beer, and can be carried in your pocket.

You can get in on the action for as little as $12, which will give you either a can or bottle Chill Bit, and for $35, you get the Beerouette. The Kickstarter is fully funded, and deliveries are expected for November, in time for the Holidays.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]