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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Time for a drink

Simple and attractive

Portable and easy to use

Open sesame

Hose fed

Getting the bottle ready

In goes the beer

Insert the hose

Pull the handle and pour

A gentle stream of beer

Push the handle for the foamy top

Namaste

Easy to clean

Surprising fun

Fizzics aims to bring the bar to your living room. The $170 machine uses sound to transform your store bought bottles of beer into their fresh from the tap equivalents. Click through to see how it pulls off this cool trick.

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Impressively, Fizzics doesn't use gas canisters, or kegs. It's a simple, battery-powered device that can easily fit on top of your counter.

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Since it's only 3.5 pounds (1.6kg), it's also portable.

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To use it, flip up the latches to open the lid.

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You'll find a hose on the bottom of that lid. Handily, each component piece of Fizzics can be removed and cleaned, including the hose and the lid, though the hose is the only part that regularly comes into contact with your beer.

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Grab your bottle of beer and open it. Fizzics is also compatible with cans -- and even growlers up to 64 ounces.

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Place your bottle into Fizzics. Don't pour in your beer.

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Place the hose into the open container, then seal the lid.

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Fizzics will pressurize your bottle and pour a gentle stream of beer into your glass, essentially decanting your drink.

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The stream is digitally controlled and intended to keep the majority of the carbonation in the beer.

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Once your beer is mostly full, release the handle, then push it away from you. The sound of the motor will intensify, and Fizzics will use sound to agitate the carbonation in the beer remaining in the bottle. Then, it'll shoot out that beer and top off your drink with a frothy head.

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We tried Fizzics on a number of beers, including the Dogfish Head Namaste. Namaste poured straight from the bottle is on the right; the Fizzics pour of Namaste is in the middle glass.

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When you're done pouring your beer, you can rinse out Fizzics by running a glass of warm water through the system. Again, for more thorough cleanings, you can remove the lid and the hose.

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Fizzics surprised me. It brings out the sweet flavors of your beer and adds an attractive, and creamy head, just from using sound. For $170, it's a fun gadget for anyone that wants to experiment with their favorite brewed beverage.

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