Bar Tending & Beerspectives
by Matt Martinkovic
Brewsearch & Development -
Nik's Wunderbar - Whitehouse Station NJ
Is there such a thing a too much technology when it comes to beer in your home? I'll let
you decide after I tell you about something new that might be giving you more information
than you really need to know via an apt.  Bud Light is hoping to make beer drinkers a little
more "plugged-in" with the release of the Bud Light Bud-e Fridge. The Wi-Fi-enabled fridge
will provide real-time updates on the status of your beer supply to your mobile phone.   The
Bud-e Fridge, costs $299, holds up to 78 beers: either 60 12-ounce bottles and 18 cans,
or a total 78 cans. Don't worry, it works with real beer in addition to Bud Light.

It has five different temperature settings ranging from 41 degrees to 27 degrees, which
chills beer "below 32 degrees without freezing." Once beer has reached its optimal
temperature, users will receive a push notification to their smart phone.

The outside of the fridge has a display that can be set to either show the number of beers
inside or the temperature of the fridge. A digital display, which looks similar to a fuel gauge
on a car, also reflects how empty or full the fridge is at any given time.  I have to admit this
whole thing sounds like fun but for its $299 cost you could buy a lot of beer instead.

For those traditionalists who want to go low tech when riding a bike one company has created
just the thing for you.  Picture it: you're on your way to a picnic in the park with a handful of
friends and a six pack of beer. Suddenly, you realize that you forgot the bottle opener.
Horrible, right? The day will be saved by the "Pub Nub".  It's an attachment (a simple
bottle opener) for your bike's handlebars.  It's only twenty dollars.  Actually it does the
impossible, it makes the Bud-e-Fridge look worth buying.

How about this one - Pat’s Backcountry Beer is a powdered beer concentrate, it lets you carry
a generous stash of beer without taking up too much space in your pocket.  All you have to
do  mix the concentrate with water into the separately available Carbonator Bottle.   From
there, you throw in a packet of Pat’s Activator (citric acid and potassium bicarbonate), lock
the bottle, and shake it side-to-side to complete the carbonation process.  Two beer flavors
are available: Pale Rail and Black Hops with 5.7 and 6.1 percent ABV for the respectively.
Price is $10 for a four-pack of the activator. $40 for the Carbonator Bottle, and $6 for a 12-
pack of the Activator.  Sounds like a deal and I'm sure it tastes well, ah, wet.

All I can say is when you really want some good beer served in the right way all you have
to do is visit me here at Nik's Wunderbar.  It's just that easy!

Hope to see you soon at Nik's Wunderbar.



And don't forget my friends at the  Northside Lounge,
100 Brooks Boulevard, Manville, NJ 08835     908-722-7712
Matt Martinkovic is not only a recognized beer authority but a well known ecological writer whose
work has appeared in the The American Midland Naturalist (University of Notre Dame) among other
industry publications.  He also has been an agricultural consultant on, of course, the growing of hops.
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