From Popular Mechanics
At first glance, the Fizzics looks like something that you might see at Sharper Image or a “Gifts All Dads Will Love” Father’s Day roundup next to an NFL team tie. But this thing works wonders.
How it works: you open your can or bottle of beer (up to the 20 oz.) put it inside, insert the metal straw into your beverage, and put the Fizzics top back on. Then, either powering it by batteries or with a plug, you pull the handle down and the beer comes up out of the bottle or can and into your cup as if you were pouring a draft beer. Finish the can, open up the Fizzics, pop in a new one, rinse, and repeat.
You also have the option of pushing the tap forward rather than pulling it down to utilize the “Micro-Foam Technology.” This uses sound waves to turn the beer into foam. Basically, if you like a really thick head on your beer, you can just pour foam right out of the tap. Personally, not for me, but hey, it does what it says. The beer comes out at a nice constant rate with the novel pull of the tap, and it doesn’t go flat in the process.
So we have covered that it does indeed pour beers, but who would spend money on something that can be accomplished by tipping a can over? The real question, what does it do to the taste? For my test, I went with the most basic beer I could find, a cheap beer, something that if the flavor changed, I’d be sure to notice: Labatt Blue Light. Crack the can, take a sip as a base test, put it in the Fizzics, pour, taste.
It worked. It made it taste like a draft beer. What the Fizzics did was remove that sour, funk taste that comes in cheap canned pilsners. It’s not a huge taste, it’s not the dominant flavor, but right there at the back of your mouth is that small tinge-As if the beer sat in the sun a bit before refrigerating. Its absent in the draft beers, but the cans, it’s always just slightly there.
I made my roommates try it to make sure I wasn’t crazy, but my thoughts were only confirmed. The only downside is it is annoying to take the whole device apart to open only a single beer, but it’s a small price to pay for taste.
Now the adventure is seeing what flavors it can unlock in other brews.
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