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Equinox And Yendra Built Cycles Create The Keg Trike

We’ve seen a beer car, but what about a beer bike?

Bootlegger Tricycle

In Fort Collins, Colorado, Equinox Brewing aims to keep their beer as local and sustainable as possible, so they’ve decided to only serve kegs to places they can deliver to by foot or pedal.

Transporting a 160lb keg using only human power isn’t easy though, so they decided to get creative and enlisted the help of Yendra Built Cycles to design and build a custom trike that can transport kegs with just a single person’s pedal power, called the Bootlegger tricycle.

Bootlegger Tricycle Plans

The main feature of the keg trike is a low platform that sits between the two front wheels to hold the keg. A locking brake allows the rider to ‘park’ the trike while loading and unloading, and the rear wheel is off a unicycle so the trike can easily soak up bumps and other obstacles.

Bootlegger Trike Rider

The trike is still in prototype phase as they work on finishing the steering, but when it’s all complete and sporting a fresh new paint job, I can’t think of a better way to get fresh beer from brewery to bar and back again.

[Inhabitat – Equinox Keg Trike]

Almanac Goes Farm To Barrel With Their Summer 2010 Release

Almanac Summer 2010

Almanac Beer Company is a new brewery out of San Francisco that takes influences from the Bay Area’s rich food culture and creates fantastic artisanal ales that are barrel-aged and brewed in collaboration with select Northern California sustainable farms.

Their first release, the Summer 2010 Blackberry Ale, is a Belgian-style Golden Ale that’s brewed with four varieties of Sonoma County Blackberries from the Sebastopol Berry Farm, then aged in oak red wine barrels for 11 months.

According to Almanac:

Our golden ale reflects a dueling love of classic Belgian ales and American hops. We balance two row barley, pilsner malt and wheat with a touch of Magnum bittering hops added at the beginning of the boil, and a California-sized addition of Citra hops added at the end of the boil. This late hop addition adds a delicate grapefruit-peel aroma. We then age the beer in used oak wine barrels from California wineries with two hundred pounds of fresh Cherokee Blackberries, and another fifty pounds of Marion, Ollalie and Boysen Berries. All of our berries were hand picked at the family owned and operated Sebastopol Berry Farm.

After eleven months of barrel aging with the fruit, we blended the barrels back together with freshly brewed “base-beer” to reinvigorate the citrusy, hoppy aroma. Blended beer is re-fermented in the bottle to provide a final layer of complexity. Bottle conditioning provides a natural carbonation of superfine bubbles, similar to classic sparkling wines. The finished bottle is alive, and will continue to evolve and change over time, gaining nuance and character for years.

I was lucky enough to attend one of the Summer 2010 release parties, and can thankfully say that the brew lived up to its hype. It was delicious and complex without being overly fruity, and if you have the opportunity to do so, I suggest you snag a bottle (or two).

For more information about Almanac, including interviews with brewers Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan, check out this video from Turnstyle Video called Farm to Barrel:

[Almanac Beer Co.]

The Bräuler Reinvents The Growler

It’s always interesting to see a company rethink a product that has been the same for as long as anyone can remember, which is why I was intrigued by The Bräuler from The Zythos Project.

The Brauler

According to them, the Bräuler is the world’s first tough-as-nails, customizable, lifetime-guaranteed, stainless steel modular growler system for breweries, brewpubs, beer bars, home brewers, home consumers, and grocery retailers.

Brauler Caps

Compared to standard glass growlers, The Bräuler is:

Superior to glass

  • Durable and safe: Food grade steel won’t shatter, chip, or crack
  • Lighter weight for shipping and owner transport

Better for Your Beer

  • Wide (1.75”) mouth easy to fill and clean
  • 100% light-proof; deep-thread cap holds carbonation and freshness longer
  • Unique machined exterior collar receives multiple accessories, including basic cap, handle, bail top, and a CO2-chargeable draft cap system

More Sustainable

  • 100% recyclable as a desirable metal
  • No loss due to breakage. Life cycle is longer than glass
  • Cools faster, cutting energy use

More Innovative

  • Low-cost, interchangeable cap system facilitates counter-pressure filling, pressurized dispense through a tap-cap, customizable on-demand brewery labeling, and grocery store readiness
  • Perfect for car camping and backpacking. Carabiner ready!

More Affordable

  • Cost is competitive with traditional German growlers and Kleen Kanteen
  • If you manage to break The Bräuler, they’ll replace it at no charge

Customizable

  • Owners may upload laser-etched or ink-jet designs onto cap or sides
  • The BräuMaster Series features special finishes and handle treatments
  • QR-coded cap labels link owners with smartphones to brewery sites online and into social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and The Zythos Society
  • Interchangeable, label-ready cap discs are made of customizable, removable, collectible, Forest Stewardship Council-approved wood veneer

For more information about The Bräuler, and to get your name on the waiting list, visit The Zythos Project