Fizzics Brings Draft Beer to Your Countertop

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Image by Fizzics
Image by Fizzics

I was skeptical when I heard about the Fizzics Beer System, even after Michael Kaufman wrote it up in the { Device Diary }. It’s essentially a battery-powered Kegerator that doesn’t need CO2 or Nitro cartridges and that works with any can, bottle, or growler. Reading the Indigogo page got me interested; but terms like “Microphysics” and “Disproportionation” didn’t do a lot to dissuade me that this was just a fancy beer cooler with a pour spout. Lucky for me, the Fizzics folks were more than happy to send a unit over for me to put to the test (and tests involving beer are some of my favorite tests).

Unpacking the Fizzics and setting it up is dead simple. After you get over the fact that it looks pretty much like a beer Keurig, you put in the batteries. You insert a beer. You insert a tube in the beer. You’re ready.

Lucky for me, I had plenty of beer on hand to try it out. I ran through various IPAs, a couple of cans of Kolsch, even my trusty Guinness stout. Long story short? It works! You pull the tap towards you to dispense beer, you push it back when it’s about 2/3rds of the way to the top to dispense a creamy, foamy head. As you can tell from the pictures, I never did get the hang of when to start dispensing the head so that it didn’t take over the glass. I’m sure that will come with time.

Image by Anthony Karcz
I find your excess of head… disturbing. Image by Anthony Karcz

So it can generate an impressive amount of head, certainly more than I would get just pouring a beer into a pint glass. And that head is of decidedly better quality than what you get with a standard pour. It’s denser, sturdier, and disperses much slower. So the Fizzics system makes your beer look more appealing (and improves aroma and mouthfeel); but does it improve how a beer tastes?

Image by Anthony Karcz
Second attempt (after letting it settle for a bit). Image by Anthony Karcz

Most definitely! Granted, I didn’t have any beers I’d consider “bad” in my fridge, so I couldn’t really validate their claim that Fizzics makes “bad beer better.” What I can confirm is that the sound wave voodoo that Fizzics performs on beer makes for a smoother mouthfeel. Without the soda fizziness that you sometimes get from highly carbonated beers, you can better taste the underlying flavors of the brew. It’s nice being able to say that you recognize the more subtle notes and actually mean it.

Cleanup is fairly simple – just run a glass of warm water through the system and let it air dry (though mine did smell pretty beery after a few days; it might take a more thorough cleaning once in a while). Storage is more complicated if you don’t have counter space. Since Fizzics is built to take up to 64oz growlers, it’s pretty bulky, and the tap handle is just long enough that I can’t slide it under my cabinets (obviously, your mileage may vary here). The nice thing about all that bulk is that the beer compartment has plenty of room for ice. If you’re not going to drink your beverage right away, you can toss it in with some ice and come back later. Since it’s battery-powered, you can also bring it to picnics or pool parties fairly easily.

Is it worth the price of a Kegerator, which runs roughly the same price? I’ve never had the pleasure of using one; but I can say that if I had to choose on the spot, I would definitely consider the Fizzics first. Your beer selection is limited only to the beers you can buy in the store. It doesn’t require extra parts or consumables. It’s appliance-level easy to use. And it produces draft-quality beer! Learn more about the system over at the Fizzics site. Then grab it from Brookstone or Amazon for $169 for the beer-lover on your holiday gift list.

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