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How Frosty Temperatures Ruin Your Craft Beer

Whether you’re pulling it from your fridge or it’s sliding toward you at a bar, your beer is likely at a frosty 38 degrees.

For craft beer lovers, that’s a problem.

Most mass-produced beer is ideally enjoyed at such a cold temperature because it hides the taste of the chemicals that make the beer so inexpensive.

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Craft beers are generally served better in the low- to mid-40s temperature range with lambics and stouts being more palatable up into the high 50s. Drinking these beers any colder numbs the taste buds to the reasons you’re spending more on the pint.

Ray Daniels, founder of the Cicerone beer education program and board member at the Siebel Institute of Technology, used to impatiently microwave his beer.

“Ten seconds takes that frosty edge off,” Daniels told the Chicago Tribune, though he now simply wraps his hands around a beer prior to drinking it.

“So much of our sense of taste is in the sense of smell. In order to stimulate the olfactory nerves, you have to have volatile compounds enter the nasal passage and into the throat. If beer is too cold, it will release less aromatics.” – Ray Daniels

Don’t blame your bartender just yet; tap systems’ standardized 38-degree temperatures are still ideal for keeping beer fresh and keeping foam issues at bay.

Just drink a little slower or find a microwave.

H/t & picthx Chicago Tribune

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YES: This Machine is the Keurig of Beer

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Hold onto your steins folks, the next best thing in beer is here. It’s called Synek, and it’s essentially a Keurig for your beer. No more growlers, bottles, and cases to lug to your next party. Just fill up the vacuum pack with any of your favorite beers, then dispense it from your kitchen counter, your backyard, or pretty much anywhere with an outlet.

The beauty of Synek is, unlike growlers or bottles, you can access any beer you want, as long as the beer maker is able to distribute it. You just fill up the bag, take it home, and get to drinking craft beer from your kitchen. Plus, the bags hold twice as much beer as a growler, doesn’t spoil, and, bonus points, has “the spirit of a falcon”.

Founder Steve Young is currently seeking crowdfunding via Kickstarter. Pre-orders for Synek will set you back $299, and will cost $349 once the prototype hits the market (they’ve already passed their Kickstarter goal). Beer cartridges are priced at about $1 each.

Sounds like a good idea to us. Time to get dranking.

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Kegerator Hybrid Has 60-Inch Screen, 140 Video Games and a Beer Keg

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You might want to sit down for this one. The folks at Dream Arcades have invented the Kegerator Pro 60, aka the “ultimate party machine.” No, it’s not a keg with your favorite brew nor is it a nostalgic video game marathon. It’s not even an HDTV screen of epic proportions.

It’s all damn three, and a fridge, because why f*ckin’ not.

We apologize for any fainting spells of disbelief that may have caused.

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The Kegerator Pro 60 features a built-in fridge, a keg with three separate taps, a 60-inch HDTV screen and more than 140 classic video games including Street Fighter, Pac-Man and Centipede. This beer-flowing arcade hybrid also comes equipped with a DVD player, MP3 software and internet capability. So, when you’re not furiously lightning kicking into the air, you can watch TV or listen to music.

Think The Last Barfighter, which debuted in February, but more games and booze.

In an email to CNET, the company promised that “players never have to stop the action to refill their drink” and thanks to the arcade’s two built-in cup holders, “players can keep their drinks topped off while keeping one hand on the joystick.”

Sadly, as Nobel Prize-worthy as the Kegerator is, it also comes with a $5000 price tag. Dream Arcades indeed.

Kegerator Pro 60, $5000 @Dream Arcades

PicThx Dream Arcades

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Arkeg Drink'n'Game

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Remember going to the arcade as a kid and playing games for hours while drinking slushies? What if the game you were playing had a slurpee tap, now that would be the best of both worlds. But wait, now that you’re all grown up you can have the best except with cool, crisp beer of your choice right from your very own arcade keg and tap combo. Get yo’ game on, get yo drank on’. (Thx Coolmaterial)