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 And yet, growler fill technology that guarantees freshness is so out of date.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.