Kicking the Kickstarter is a new feature where we profile a new beer-related project that is hoping to raise public funding on the Kickstarter website. We will analyze the offerings and offer our opinions on the worthiness of the cause.
ManCan 128 is already a kickstarter success story. After capturing the attention of Kickstarter staff, the project quickly became a staff pick soon after launching and in 11 days met its $70,000 funding goal. This is still worth talking about because there are still a few weeks to invest your hard earned cash with this startup comany.
Despite the tacky name of “ManCan,” the product may be the most promising growler and mobile draft beer alternative yet. Like other similar products, the ManCan is basically a growler that can be pressurized and can directly pour carbonated beer. What makes it stand out above other recent Kickstarter successes like the uKeg is its simple yet sturdy design, based off a classic stainless steel keg. These one gallon mini-kegs have no real moving parts to worry about cleaning and are designed to fit perfectly into a fridge. Only the pouring attachment has pieces like the C02 cartridge, regulator, and cobra tap that attach easily to the keg. The uKeg does basically the same thing but with the built in sightglass, pouring faucet, etc., it looks like it could be a difficult one to clean and keep sanitary without the flexibility of the ManCan.
Aside from the stupid name and an inexplicable partnership with The Pink Boots Society to sell a limited edition version of “Wo ManCan” with pink “Wo” added, it seems like a solid and reasonably-priced product. It may behoove you to back the Kickstarter now because you can get a ManCan 128 with the full tap system and 2 C02 cartridges for $155 ($45 less than it will retail for), or if you’re cheaper, the ManCan 64 that holds half as much for $125 ($25 off retail price), as well as many other options.
Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mancanbeer/mancan-put-a-brewery-in-your-fridge-not-a-growler