Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Worthwhile Growler Filler Kickstarter...Finally!

Elegant design. Not so elegant name. 
I'm not much of a Kickstarter guy. I've never contributed to one, and I mostly ignore the constant barrage of crowdfunding emails that I get. Most of the time, I either see no point to the product that they're trying to produce, or it seems like a completely pie in the sky idea that will never work. But after years of seeing this stuff, I've finally found a Kickstarter campaign that looks worthwhile. It's even got a catchy name: The CO2 Beer Tap Head System.

Growlers are both awesome and awful. Love getting the fresh beer, hate drinking it the next day when it's all flat and stale. We've been through this all before so I won't dwell. I've seen plenty of silly ideas about how to fix the Growler Problem. Most of them require some huge investment by the brewpub/bar, the drinker, or both. Things like counter-pressure fillers that can run into the $1000's to overly complicated systems that have loads of proprietary parts and utilize non-reusable/non-recyclable materials. 

Well someone has finally come up with what I see as the most simple and elegant system to keep a growler fresh. It's one of those things that gets you wondering, why hasn't someone thought of that before? The thing is just a special cap that you screw onto the top of a standard 64oz stainless steel growler. The cap houses a tap with a dip-tube and a space where you insert one of those little CO2 cartridge that you can buy anywhere for a little of nothing (and they're recyclable). You just fill the growler like normal out of the tap, screw on the cap, and it pressurizes the growler keeping your beer fresh and carbonated. You can even adjust the pressure you want with a little built-in regulator. 

From the looks of it, they're giving them out as a reward for giving $65, but I imagine they'll be less than that once in production. They're only asking for $15,000 to get it into production, which is a pittance compared to most Kickstarter campaigns. 

It sounds like this could be a really excellent system to have if you're into getting growlers filled. Still, I think I'll keep my streak of never contributing to a crowdfunding campaign going, but hey, I figured some of you might be interested. And maybe if you step up, I can buy one retail once they're in full production. 


  1. This isn't original. There was a Kickstarter last year from a company called Growlerwerks that did the exact same thing (stainless steel growler, uses a CO2 cartridge in the cap, etc.), except their growler also has a tap and comes in both 64oz and 128 oz sizes. Raised almost $1.5 million. They are in production right now.

  2. I'm waiting on mine.

  3. I've seen that one too. It looks awesome, but my problem with it is that it costs $129-$179. That's waaaaay too much for me to ever consider buying. I could literally buy a 1/6th barrel keg full of beer, a co2 tank, a regulator, and a tap for the same price as an empty growler. They look great, and no doubt work well, but they're completely gratuitous in my mind.

    I definitely have a more modernist/Ikea design persuasion. If you can make it simpler, cheaper (through design not through poor materials), and more functional, than I'm all about that. And if the designer is good, they can do all those things and make the product look great at the same time. That's why I so much more on board with this product.

  4. Sorry, but the GrowlerWerks product looked stupid, and the form makes it difficult to store. The price is also ridiculous, especially when you consider there are places that will not even fill a growler unless it is their own.

    This one is not much better. Sure it is only $65...for the actual tap unit. You have to pay another $30 to get the 64oz Klean Kanteen growler they are using it on (which is thin walled for zero insulation). Good luck also storing this one between filling and use. I have a hard enough time getting a normal growler in my fridge, let alone one that needs an additional 4 inches of clearance.

  5. I've seen a few of the CO2 Kickstarters, but found this a while back. What are everyone's impressions of the Fizzics?