Robert Scott of Denver, Colorado has created something great for craft beer lovers. Have you ever wondered what the shelf life of beer in a growler is? Once your growler has been opened, you can pretty much expect your beer to start losing carbonation similar to that of a 2-liter bottle of pop. Using the TapIt Cap you are literally converting your growler into a mini keg system that preserves your beer from oxidation, but also maintains pressure for perfect pours every time. Great idea! These would be great for 1 gallon growlers as well as 1/2 gallon growlers. If you are interested in supporting this idea, stop by Robert’s Kickstarter page and show the TapIt Cap some love. You can also follow the TapIt Cap on Twitter. This will be an interesting product to watch in the months to come. Best of luck to these guys!
Melissa Klein, the editor of Celebrations.com, figured out an awesome way to serve beer at a Halloween party. If you’re a brewer, you probably already have all the supplies needed to make this awesome, functional, beer serving “pumpkin keg.” Melissa serves Samuel Adams Octoberfest in her video, but I’m thinking that a good solid pumpkin ale would be much more appropriate. I would suggest some Flat 12 Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale or even Samuel Adam’s Pumpkin Ale. Either way, make sure to leave a comment if you end up trying this cool trick.
HandmadeCeramicGrowlers.com has got some pretty amazing beer vessels available on their website! They not only do custom logo growlers for breweries, but they also have a tier known best as “Uber Growlers” that are sure to incite growler envy among your draft carrying compadres. The company is called Carlburg Pottery, and they pride themselves on using American sourced materials to make truly one of a kind growlers for beer enthusiasts of all types.
Great Fermentations is doing pre-orders for hop rhizomes again this year. They’ve got 13 different strands ranging from 3.5% to 15.5% Alpha Acid. They take about two years to actually start producing a good crop, but I don’t think they are very hard to maintain. Here’s a wiki I’ve found for growing them. Who knows, once you get a good yield you may even be able to trade your stash for some homebrew… (hint). No brewer I know would ever turn down fresh hops! Either way, it might be worth dropping by their shop or webpage.