A Birthday Beer With a TurboTap

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Without getting into specifics on the above-referenced headline, I received an education in draft beer technology that would make any metal blogger smile. Out for dinner and a drink in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood this past weekend, my husband, my sister-in-law and her boyfriend noticed a tiny error on our restaurant’s beer list (a beer the three of them all know and like appeared to contain 9% alcohol content on the menu when all of them seemed to believe that could not be possible¦.they swear the alcohol content was lower). I turned to a Dead Guy Ale but they insisted on rectifying this apparent error (via simultaneous google searches) on the menu to discover the “true alcohol content contained only 4.5% alcohol. Anyhow, the theme of beers seemed to take center stage for the evening as we eventually made our way across the street to a local pub.

And lo and behold, the men of the group stumbled upon quite a find (not the bar mind you but some cutting edge technology behind the bar) Now this isn’t a find that my sister-in-law and I could get overly excited about mind you, but it sure had a lot of appeal to our dates:


Photo Courtesy of Popular Science, by John B. Carnett

Ah, the TurboTap a 4.5 stainless steel nozzle that attaches to a standard beer faucet, reduces spillage and dispenses beer with the proper amount of foam, according to the company’s website. Another important attribute of the product relates to keg yield (or getting every last drop out of the keg) which obviously creates a bottom line impact (or so the company claims). What a wonder we all discussed! Then of course it became clear the invention came from some students at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now why am I not surprised?

Hat-tip: GG

–Lisa Reisman

Comments (2)

  1. Marty says:

    I hope TurboTap users are also properly instructed in how to clean and sanitize the tap after each day’s usage. Having the tap dipped in the beer goes against common accepted practice.

  2. Amy Edwards-Patterson says:

    I LOVE the fact that this invention came from Wisconsin, the home of some great breweries and brilliant engineers. It was interesting to read about the student who developed the TurboTap, too: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/wiscengr/april06/turbotap.shtml

    By the way — am I allowed to say it? — happy birthday!

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