year-in-beer-innovations

You know, fellas, 2015 was a pretty momentous year. Gas prices plummeted, NASA proved there’s water on Mars, and scientists discovered a new and easier way to make diamonds.

But more importantly, some guys from Portland made pressurized growlers, which means the whole world can now drink delicious draft beer whenever and wherever we want. And really, who gives a shit about water on Mars when we have delicious beer right here on Earth?

Anyway, here are the best beer innovations of 2015:


The uKeg Pressurized Growler

Remember like, 6 years ago, when Heineken came out with those cute little mini-kegs that you could keep in your fridge? Well, now imagine one of those things, but more portable, and filled with beer that doesn’t suck. THAT’S what the folks of Portland-based Growler Werks are giving to the world, with the uKeg Pressurized Growler. Just head on out to your favorite watering hole, have them fill it with your favorite brew, slap on the regulator cap, and you’re good to go. Link



Slip Cup

Here’s a fun fact: Beer Pong can be a pretty gross drinking game. Players take a filthy Pingpong ball (that everyone at the party has also handled), throw it around a table, watch as it bounces around on the floor and rolls under a couch, and then sink it into a cup of beer. And the only thing washing the dust, dirt, and debris off the ball in between throws is an also-filthy cup of water. All said, it’s pretty grimy. Luckily, we now have Slip Cup cup inserts. The numbered cup inserts conveniently slip into 16- and 18-ounce disposable cups, and serve as a brilliant cache for filthy balls. When a ‘pong ball is sunk, it falls into the insert, instead of your delicious beer below. It eliminates the need for a water cup (barf), and keeps cat hair, pubes, and cookie crumbs out of your beer. Slip Cup also comes with instructions for 15 fun new variations of your old Beer Pong favorite, which, like pube-free beer, is always a welcome relief. This project, originally funded on Kickstarter back in July, ran into some logistical trouble and has since pushed back their original delivery date of September. They received prototypes this week, and are set to go into full production soon. Link




Pico – Craft Beer at Home

Craft beer is one trend we can definitely get behind, and the people at PicoBrew are making it as easy as ever to get involved in the process! This countertop kitchen appliance, about as big as a microwave, makes brewing professional quality craft beer as easy as a cup of Keurig coffee. Pour pre-measured packets of yeast, malt, and hops into Pico’s various containers, fill it up with water, and watch magic happen. The process (not including fermenting time) takes about an hour, and the results are, from what we’ve heard, pretty amazing. Link



Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass by North Drinkware

We have a lot of love for independent projects like this, so we’re pretty excited to have Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass on this list. North Drinkware uses old school methods of glass blowing and new-age 3D printing technology to bring you their Mt. Hood pint glass. They got their map of Mount Hood from the U.S. Geological Survey, and then used 3D printers to make the molds. After a lot of time, patience, and lessons, they have their final product, Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass. With the widespread success of this glass, the group is looking to expand into all different regions of the U.S., giving locals everywhere another way to rep their favorite places, with their favorite brews. Link



The Oak Bottle

For centuries, people have aged whiskeys, wines, and ales in barrels, so it’s kind of ridiculous to us that no one thought of this until 2015. But hey, better late than never, right? The Oak Bottle quickly and efficiently barrel-ages any drink you toss into it. Barrel-aged beers are an excellent addition to any maturing beer enthusiast’s palate, and what’s more fun than doing it all yourself. Plus, the idea of oak-aged Budweiser is both terrifying and intriguing to us, so why the hell not? We imagine it’ll be like drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon while driving a Ferrari (EDITOR’S NOTE: Which is something we’d never do, because drinking and driving is bad). Link



MiniBrew 

The MiniBrew kind of looks like a coffeepot; a beer-making coffeepot; a beautiful, beautiful beer-making coffeepot. And honestly, that’s exactly what it is. Save for the cheesy promotional video on this brilliant invention’s Indiegogo campaign, MiniBrew, conceived in Amsterdam, is the world’s first all-in-one countertop homebrew system. What makes it unique is that you can select a combination of ingredients straight from your phone, and get them delivered directly to your home. This ingenious little device also handles primary and secondary fermenting process, and includes a 5-liter mini keg. When they say “all in one,” they really mean it. Link

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