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Next Gen Growler Tech: SYNEK Draft System

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Oregonians love their draft beer, so much so that growler fill stations are popping up on every street corner. And yet, growler fill technology that guarantees freshness is so out of date. The SYNEK Draft System is one of the first legitimate level 2 advancements in pouring quality draft beer at home without investing in a kegorator.

You may have seen similar countertop setups–like the one from Heineken available in grocery and big box stores now–that pour from special mini-tin kegs. The problem with that setup is those kegs are not easy to purchase, there is no variety, and the beer is not pressurized. Even for someone with a kegorator like myself, I love the ease of use, relatively small sample size, and potential variety that the new Synek Draft System option provides. I could see having one of these on a counter top.

I have seen the vacuum-sealed growler alternatives that the Synek pours before. They didn’t seem to catch on in place of growlers, but with this counter-top setup they could be a clear winner over classic glass growlers that are breakable, take more time to clean, and are more susceptible to the elements and loss of pressure. The smartest part of this new invention is how easy they are to fill with simple quick disconnects for homebrewers, growler fill stations, or even commercial breweries. The company is already contacting breweries across the country asking for feedback and offering to send them the adapter needed to fill the bags to them for FREE. My guess is that after becoming familiar with the new tech, most brewers would rather fill these than growlers that risk the beer’s quality.

One thing not pictured is what provides the pressure to get the beer out of the bag and through the tap. Looking over the company’s Kickstarter page, there is mention of CO2 cartridges, which make for a convenient way to serve beer as fresh as it would come from a keg. Speaking of Kickstarter, I am usually not a fan of these campaigns, but I would love to see this become a mainstay on kitchen counters everywhere. Even so, I am skeptical that the company can meet its funding goal.

More info here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1620669801/synek-any-beer-ever-made-fresh-on-your-counter

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

4 Comments

  1. KeAloha

    June 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    The double walled stainless steel was enough advancement for me. All these new growlers are definitely cool, but it’s a lot of money to preserve 4 pints of beer.

  2. Craft beer fan

    June 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Too much money compared to buying the GrowlTap for a standard recyclable glass growler. Go green!!

  3. Branden Andersen

    June 30, 2014 at 4:39 am

    It’s an interesting idea, but I agree with KeAloha: It’s a huge investment for a couple pints of beer. I’m more than happy with a growlette if it’s just me drinking—I’ll finish that in one night and be more than happy.

    • Samurai Artist

      June 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

      It’s not a couple pints of beer. Depending on the quality it could be many thousand pints of beer. The benefit also is you would not have to drink it in one night and would be of higher quality. I guess by the same standards a kegorator would not be worth it if a growlette serves your purposes but to me it’s invaluable.

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