Monday, July 14, 2014

Brew & A with Synek Draft System

One of the more recent Kickstarter campaigns that is making noise this summer is the Synek Draft System portable draft beer system.  We caught up with Eric Stoddard of Synek to ask him a few more beer geek questions that weren't already in their Kickstarter video.

image courtesy of Synek
Better Beer Authority (BBA): Breweries have to get licensing to be able to sell growlers and beer to-go, it is all dependent on local alcohol laws.  Where will the Synek fit in as a to-go vessel as far as legal jargon is concerned?

Synek's Eric Stoddard (ES): It will vary from state to state and country to country. Fortunately, we've found that it is completely legal in almost every state and most countries that we are targeting. Typically, if your state allows for growler fills, it will allow for SYNEK cartridges to be filled.

BBA: Tell us your background in craft beer?  What are your favorites.

ES:  I'm a native to Cleveland, Ohio so my favorites are definitely from Great Lakes Brewing Company. If I had to pick only one, I would go with the Elliot Ness Amber Lager. It's a great beer for any occasion.

BBA: You are targeting home brewers, whose average yield on their home-brews are five gallons.  The pouches are one gallon, so the problems with bottling still remain; how can we completely eliminate the bottle?

ES: It can take 30-60 minutes to fill and prime the bottles from a 5 gallon batch. It takes less than 5 minutes to fill up 5 cartridges. The time savings are huge! Plus, our cartridges take up have the space as an equivalent amount of bottles, so you can store even more beer.

BBA: Any personal stories involving the Synek machine that really got you excited about the project, such as turning a flat growler into fresh beer?

ES: Really, the most exciting moments have occurred through the community that has formed around SYNEK. We have Kickstarter backers that have called dozens of breweries to reach out on our behalf. They have devoted a lot of time to helping us and it couldn't make me more excited that I can help them in return!
click this link to see the Synek Draft System Kickstarter campaign.

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