Bevometer drink koozie counts consumption

Some things in life are generally unknowable. These range from the meaningless and mundane to the truly deep, philosophical questions of our time. For example, nobody really knows if the refrigerator light turns off when the door is closed. Our greatest minds have joined together on the quest to discover the truth, but usually these meetings disintegrate into someone opening and closing the door really, really fast. To date, nobody can confirm (or deny) the existence of the elusive refrigerator gnome.

All that opening and closing of the refrigerator door is sure to drive up one's thirst, which leads … Read more

NOOOO!! WHY? Beer-delivering drone grounded by FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration dealt a painful blow to ice fishermen, beer and drone enthusiasts in a single swoop this week.

After Minnesota Wisconsin-based Lakemaid Beer posted a YouTube promotional video of a drone ferrying a case of brew to far-flung winter anglers on a frozen lake, the FAA called Lakemaid president Jack Supple and told him to knock it off.

"I'm on the FAA blacklist for now," Supple told the New York Daily News. "They're not too happy with me."

Thing is, using drones for commercial purposes isn't legal just yet, although the FAA is currently reviewing the rules and could approve drone-based delivery as soon as next year.… Read more

Sonic Foamer blasts bubbles into your beer for flavor

Generally, Americans are trained to pour their beers down the side of a glass, minimizing the foam. The makers of the Sonic Foamer, a bubble-inducing beer gadget, are on a mission to change all that. The device claims to improve the flavor of beer by boosting the aroma through the power of ultrasonic frequencies.

The first thing I had to do before testing the $39.99 Sonic Foamer was get rid of my preconceived notions about avoiding a big head on a beer. I had to mentally embrace the foam. I then took the device over to the most expert beer taster I know: my home-brewing scientist brother.… Read more

Intoxicating watches tell you when it's Happy Hour

Nothing is sadder than a cold bottle of beer that stays unopened because there's no bottle opener in sight. That's exactly the type of tragedy that Dominic Chenelia, founder of Happy Hour Timepieces, wants to prevent with his line of watches. They're equipped with subtle bottle openers and a very visible 5 o'clock indicator.

"The idea was to always have a bottle opener on you," Chenelia told Crave. "There were so many times when I would be at a tailgate, on a boat, or at the beach when no one had a bottle opener. We also wanted to design the timepieces in a way where it wasn't apparent that you were wearing a bottle opener on your wrist. The goal was to create a stylish design that could be worn every day, which also contained a bottle opener for those 5 o'clock moments." … Read more

Bottoms up! Brew your own beer with this countertop box

Craft beer and microbreweries have exploded in popularity over the last decade, prompting many enthusiasts to try making their own suds.

I've never done that, but it sounds like a lot of trouble. Not to mention a lot of time that could be better spent drinking craft beer.

Enter the PicoBrew Zymatic, billed as "the world's first fully automatic all-grain beer brewing system." … Read more

Crave Ep. 139: Pay attention or this car won't drive

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NASA has created a briefcase-size radar system for detecting human life in disaster rubble. Plus, we take a look at the Rideye, a black-box camera for your bike, and take a ride in a car that won't drive unless you're paying attention.Read more

Spin-chill a beer in 30 seconds with the Beerouette

Perhaps you have experienced the disappointment and despair of plunging your hand into an ice chest and pulling out a still-warm beer. You have a few options. Pop it in the freezer and wait. Plunge it deep into the ice and wait. Or back the Spin Chill Kickstarter and cool off your beer in less than a minute.

There are two different gadgets on offer with Spin Chill. The first is the Chill Bit, a power-drill attachment that fits over the top of a bottle or can. Attach a beer, lay it down sideways in an ice chest, and turn it on. Watch the can spin for a little while, and then open it up and enjoy a cold one. The Beerouette does the same thing as the Chill Bit, but is a standalone gadget that doesn't need a drill to power it.… Read more

Kegerator fuses vintage video games with a beer keg

Does tapping a keg that comes in the form of a workable vintage in-home arcade sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't.

Catering directly to 30- and 40-somethings, Dream Arcades has invented what it calls the "ultimate party machine." The "Kegerator Pro 60" comes with a built-in fridge, a keg with three taps, and more than 140 of the most popular classic video games. The arcade also has a massive 60-inch HDTV screen.

The company boasted in a statement e-mailed to CNET that the "players never have to stop the action to … Read more

Coming soon to your bar? A beer with no hangover

Many a Sunday morning has involved millions of people all over the world wishing they hadn't had quite so much.

Their heads throb like a teenage boy's Adam's Apple on seeing Selena Gomez. Their throats are drier than a sand-technology textbook.

Yet too much beer has always, always meant one big hangover.

Now, however, sensitive Australian scientists claim they might take away at least some of the pain. They say they've created rehydrating beer.

News-Medical reports that nutrition experts at the Griffith Health Institute insist they've taken out many of the pesky dehydrative properties of … Read more

Beer vending machine only puts out for lazy people

The latest trend in product publicity stunts involves the use of high-tech vending machines. Pepsi created a soda machine that gives out sugary beverages in exchange for social-media love. Coffee company Douwe Egberts built a machine that pours a hot cup when people yawn. Now, beer company Amstel has created the Amstel Pause, a beer vending machine that requires a lot of standing around.

Amstel Bulgaria used marketing agency Next-DC to build the machine. Anybody who wanted a beer had to stand in a designated spot in front of the Pause, push a button to start a timer, and wait for three minutes before it would cough up a can from its precious inventory.… Read more