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Soft-serve beer sorbet? Ah, technology

Japan's Kirin Brewing company is unveiling its "Frozen Agitation" process in Tokyo next month. Will beer ever be the same?

A tasty freeze indeed. Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET

Ah, technology. Thanks to its ever-expanding capabilities, we can chat with monkeys, make Jell-O sing, and even share with the world the site of our latest sexual conquest.

And soon -- O, Lord, yes -- we'll be able to enjoy soft-serve beer sorbet.

Provided, of course, we live in Asia and order up a glass of Kirin that's been subjected to a little "Frozen Agitation."

Poor beer. That sounds harsh, doesn't it? But it's all in the name of flavor, and so the beer, we suspect, would not mind very much. It seems the venerable Kirin Brewing company has developed this novel process to keep beer chilly. A special tap fluffs the head of the beverage and cools it to 23 degrees Fahrenheit, transforming it into a cozy cap to keep the cold not out but in. And this soft-servey cap, we hear tell, can be eaten. Yum.

Kirin is reportedly launching this marvelous and long overdue technology in Tokyo next month, and the resulting "Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft" -- which supposedly stays cold for up to 30 minutes -- should spread to nearly 1,000 restaurants in Asia by the end of the year. Then, who knows? If the response is good, the Frozen Draft may drift its way westward.

Here's a video that will have you licking your lips in anticipation. If the visuals in the clip are faithful to reality, we're thinking a journey to Tokyo may be in order in the very near future (and kanpai, we say, to that).

(Via Engadget and BeerStreetJournal)