As a beer aficionado who prefers his beer on tap, I wondered if there was a way for me to bring some of the joys of enjoying a pint at the bar back at home, but in a kitchen countertop-friendly size and with one press/pull convenience. I was pleased to discover there is indeed an assortment of beer dispensing devices available, many no bigger than most espresso machines, some even controllable via app!
Dispensing delicious cold beer from two 5 liter kegs, the compact 1.7 cubit feet size make this model easy to tote around, ideal for those hosting beer loving friends during MLB playoff/World Series and Monday Night football parties.
Koldfront Deluxe Kegerator
This Koldfront draft beer dispenser would look perfectly at home next to a kitchen's espresso machine - only beer connoisseurs would know that it pours cold ones instead of the hot stuff. An LED thermostat control and display maintains temperature between 36F and 50F. This compact unit is designed for 5L kegs.
EdgeStar Deluxe Mini Kegerator
Accepting 5 liter draught kegs, this mini kegerator keeps the beer at a frosty 38-58 degrees. Short on bells and whistles, this dispenser was designed specifically for Heineken 5 liter Draughtkegs and can be modified with a CO2 kit to use with other draught kegs.
The Jägermeister Shotmeister holds just one 750ml or 1L bottle, while delivering ice cold shots of the infamous Jäger at below zero degrees Fahrenheit. The unit is glass windowed to show off the cooling chamber and bottle, while shining an eerie orange glow with LED lights, making this unit similar to a geeky modified PC case.
With less than a week to go and 85% pledged funds tallied towards its £100,000 goal, this Kickstarter project needs a push from self-brewing fanatics to bring smartphone controlled smart brewing intro reality. Beautifully designed, the Brewbot upgrades craft beer brewing into an app-controlled and automated process, making it easier to discover new recipes, tweak ingredients, and experiment with flavors from the iPhone (video below).
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(Images: Cargo; as linked above)