Can Fizzics unlock your bottled beer's true potential?
We're at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar in downtown Louisville, Kentucky with the Fizzics Countertop Draft Machine.
This is $170 machine that supposed to take your bottled beer and make it taste like it came from the draft.
It's also nicely designed and really easy to use.
You just put your bottle in the machine, seal the lid and pull the handle forward and it'll pull your beer nice and gently.
Push the handle back and it'll add that foamy head.
Oddly enough, it's supposed to do this by using sound.
Apparently the frequency of the machine causes vibrations in the carbonation to give your beer that nice draft-like head.
I thought it sounded like infomercial mumbo-jumbo, but we've been testing this, comparing Physics beers.
To the same beers from the bottle and it really does make a difference.
It gives your beer a nice head every single time and it actually does smooth out the flavor.
Now we didn't find that to be consistently a good thing.
Like on some hoppy beers and on bitter porters it actually ended up smoothing over part of that bitterness which is part of the character of the beer.
So it definitely makes a difference, but we really wanted to see how it stacks up against actual draught beer.
So we asked Matt Landon, owner of the Haymarket Whiskey Bar, to do a blind taste test comparing a single beer in draught form, bottled form and from the Fizzics, side by side by side to see if he could tell them apart and to see which one he preferred.
Here's what he had to say
Okay beer number three was out of the bottle.
[SOUND] Beer number two was draft, and beer number one was through the gizmo.
Beer number one had the most carbonation it tasted the most draft like, it tasted more draft like than even the draft beer.
What was it about number two that tipped you off?
That is was actually draught?
It had more of a head.
Did I have them wrong?
Did I have them reversed?
Was one the draught and two the gizmo?
I did this same taste test, and I found that just like with the beers in office,
It does make the beer taste different if not necessarily better.
Alright, so beer number one, two, three.
I'm going go with three is the bottle.
I'm going to go two is the draft.
I'm going to go one is fizzes.
[SOUND] .>>They've been sitting out [INAUDIBLE].
For a moment or two.
So they're kind of all equalized.
So they've equalized a little bit.
But it's good that they've equalized because, if the effect is only temporary, then it's not as good.
And you can taste the difference between the draft and between physics and between the bottle.
The draft is still the best one because the hops come out the most.
You do loose some of that with the physics on this beer, but it does taste more carbonated than the bottle version.
So, it's a step in the right direction.
It's doing what it's supposed to do.
I mean, it is cool, it definitely made the beer taste more like fresh beer on draught.
But, if you're really into beer at home, You're looking to put a draft system in, not buy a battery operated gizmo that you feed it beer one at a time.
So all in all it's a cool machine.
It's well designed.
It's easy to use and if you're really passionate about beer and really value the creamy and the sweet aspect, it might be worth the money.
If you value more the bitter aspects of your beer.
This machine might actually take something away from your drinking experience.
I wanna say thanks again to the guys at Hay Market Whiskey Bar for letting us use their space and be willing participants in our tests.
For more be sure to check my full review for CNET.com.
For CNET, with the Fizzics Countertop Draught System, I'm Andrew Gebhart.