July is National American Beer Month and what’s more American than inventing new ways to enjoy beer! These are my top four ways to enjoy one of America’s favorite beverages.
1. Self-serve beer stations. Yesterday at the All-Star game in my hometown of Minneapolis, Major League Baseball fans at Target Field could pour their own beer (up to 48 ounces) using machines, called DraftServ, a partnership between concessionaire Delaware North and Anheuser-Busch. The machines still used attendants to ensure fans didn’t over-serve themselves.
2. Beat the heat with beer and fruit pairings. Cool down this summer by combining: juicy fruit and cold beer. Fancy a popsicle with a little hop? Quench your thirst with recipes such as: Petit Saison & Raspberry Beersicles or Frozen Beer Soaked Watermelonsicles made with one of my favorite summer seasonal brews Hell or High Watermelon by 21st Amendment brewery.
3. Reserve your spot for a new home brew system. Synek is a crowdsourced personal beer dispenser. Similar to a keg, the Synek uses cartridges that are pressurized with CO2. The chamber of the dispenser is not pressurized, which allows you to interchange the cartridge and it will stay pressurized to maintain quality up to 30 days after the first pour. Sounds too good to be true? Reserve your spot for early access on the Synek Kickstarter. The first shipment is expected for early 2015, with pre-orders priced at $299. One downside: it’s not legal in Minnesota, Mississippi and South Dakota.
4. I scream, you scream, we all scream for beer ice cream. If you’re craving a beer and ice cream fix, try Frozen Pints Ice Cream and nibble on flavors like Vanilla Bock, Peach Lambic, Honey IPA, Brown Ale Chip and Malted Milk Chocolate Stout. The company recently launched The Ice Cream Bar, which makes a variety of ice cream and sorbet made with liquor, craft beer and other alcohol. With flavors like White Russian (8.3% ABV) and Bourbon Butter Pecan (8.0 ABV %) these flavors are sure to be a delight.