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The Synek Counter Top Beer Dispenser

The Synek Counter Top Dispenser lets you bring home a doggie bag of your favorite beer and pour it from the temp-controlled, carbonated tap. Click through to see how this magic beer machine works.

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Bringing the bar home

The $330 Synek comes with three beer cartridges, a cap allowing you to hook the cartridges into the dispenser and an empty CO2 tank.

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A beer doggie bag

Take a cartridge to a participating bar or brewery to get it filled. If they fill it with a Synek fill kit, the beer won't be exposed to oxygen during the pour.

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The CO2 regulator

Fill up your CO2 tank and twist it into the regulator during setup.

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Temp-controlled chamber

The beer goes into the left compartment of Synek.

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Plug in the beer

Click the CO2 line onto the bag.

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Locked and loaded

Then click the line that connects the beer bag to the tap and slide the beer into place.

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On tap

Pull the handle and your beer will pour.

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Readying a taste test

We asked a local brewery to fill up a Synek cartridge and a growler with the same beer so we could do a blind taste test.

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Synek vs the growler

With the cups next to each other, I invited my coworkers to take one from each row, without telling them which glass came from Synek and which came from the growler.

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Which one's which?

On the first days of the test, the beer from the growler and the beer from Synek tasted similar.

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Not the beer we were looking for

The beer from the growler tended to lose flavor after two days.

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Not aging well

But Synek only lasted three or four before losing flavor itself.

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Falling flat

The Synek Counter Top Beer Dispenser is a great device in theory, but I was hoping the cartridge would keep beer fresher for longer.

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