Stuff like the uKeg, a portable pressurized growler for tap-fresh beer on demand, always comes from Oregon. Those dudes love their microbrews. And they're mad scientific geniuses about flooding the industry with tasty craft products and accessory innovations. I think it's fair to say if Oregonians loved boobies as much as they love beer, breast cancer would be a calamity of the past.
The Portland natives of GrowlerWerks, tired of not being able to get their favorite microbrews in bottles, and unhappy with the fast flatness that goes with opening a take-home glass growler full of limited-release double IPA, sought to create a growler that works the way beer fanatics want it to. They designed the uKeg to maintain beer's freshness, prevent air infiltration, and keep contents cold for hours at parties, tailgates, and in your friend Cornelius' basement during the LoTR movie marathon.
uKeg makeup includes vacuum insulation, an ergonomic handle, a bar-style tap, and an extra special tiny carbonation system. Carbonation technology is essentially a CO2 cartridge integrated into the growler's regulator cap. Once inserted, users turn the cap to activate their desired level of carbonation, from 0 to 20 psi. According to GrowlerWerks, using the uKeg is as easy as using a seltzer bottle or refillable whipped cream dispenser.
uKeg will be available for pre-purchase on Kickstarter through December 7, 2014. Growlers come in 65- and 128-ounce sizes.