Three years ago, I graduated from Guinness Brewing’s “Perfect Pour” course, hosted at their Dublin, Ireland headquarters. Central to my intense 60-minute education was the ability to create a consistent, finely-foamed head that yielded the famous “waterfall” effect down through the pint.
Fast-forward to experimentation back in Colorado with commercial nitro beers, cans with widgets and various pouring techniques from bottles, cans and growlers. Despite my awe-inspiring Celtic credentials, the ability to consistently produce a latte-like head remained slightly out of reach from my now ale-soaked hands.
Enter Fizzics, an appliance with a not-coincidental likeness to a pub-drawn pint of stout. Capable of keeping beer cool for up to 12 hours (via insulation, not a chilling element), Fizzics imparts the final touches to a pour with a simple toggle to the rear. Not for other beverages, the beer-hungry, AA battery-powered device taps into the existing container with a removable plastic hose.
Patent-pending fluid and gas technology converge to multiply every bubble of carbonation into a top-off that releases both the aromas and flavors attached to the beer being served. Rigorous testing – accompanied by a full recycling container – revealed the product’s merits in serving up lagers, pale ales, wit beers and porters.
Clean-up with Fizzics is simple and requires system rinsing with warm water. As the end of the pour can produce some sputtering and spraying, an exterior wipe-down is mandatory. Employing Fizzics during group gatherings is the highest and best use for the technology given these post-pour requirements.
Does the system earn its keep, including the space required to store it between sessions? For brewing fanatics, this product makes the normally two-dimensional out-of-pub experience a richer, three-dimensional one. Your next mission? Find, mount and pummel a horsehair dart board in your basement, garage or man cave. Frothy pint at the ready