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Hey, Pass Me A Beer!

We’ve all said it: “Hey, pass me a beer!”

Normally that pass happens around a camp fire or a dinner table or a backyard barbecue. But what if you take the act of passing a beer, and turn it up to 11?

You get a collection of foam-inducing, beer-passing stunts like this:

Kirin Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft

Kirin Brewery is about to revolutionize the way that we keep our beer cold with the introduction of frozen beer foam.

The ‘Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft’ system uses a process called ‘Frozen Agitation’ where air is blown into the beer to fluff up some head, which is then flash chilled to 23 degrees fahrenheit. The frozen beer foam is then dispensed onto the top of the beer from something that basically looks like a soft serve ice cream machine:

The frozen foam acts like a chilled lid, keeping your beer cool for up to 30 minutes, and when you’ve finished drinking the liquid part, you can eat the foam like a sorbet.

According to Koichi Matsuzawa, president of Kirin Brewery,

We want young consumers to enjoy drinking beer in a new way.

And what better way to get young consumers to enjoy beer than by turning it into a beer-sicle?

Kirin is testing out the system in Tokyo, Japan first, and hopes to have it in 1,000 restaurants across Asia by the end of the year.

[Kirin – Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft]

Madison Square Garden Has An Impressive Beer System

Madison Square Garden Beer Keg System

What you’re looking at here is one of the two new centralized keg stations that keep the beer flowing at Madison Square Garden. Kyle Stack reported on the new installation for ESPN Magazine, and it was something that I simply had to share.

With more than 1,000 kegs feeding 566 taps at 45 beer stands through 38 miles of temperature-controlled tubing, it’s an amazing feat of beer engineering.

A few more amazing stats:

  • The farthest distance between a keg station and a beer stand is 550 feet. The shortest is just six feet.
  • The system uses 6 miles of copper coolant line to keep the beer between 34 and 36 degrees while being delivered.
  • The concession-stand taps can dispense up to a gallon of beer per minute, balancing speed with foam prevention.

[Via: Kyle Stacks]