There are a number of great inventions coming out in the world every day, and many are chasing lives constantly. The inventions that get the most press—new phones, new tablets, new green energy solutions—are all wonderful, important, and worthy of celebrating, but some of the best inventions are coming out of the culture around the world’s first and still most important invention: beer.
The world of beer drinking is a fruitful area for an invention. Not only are there increasingly more microbreweries, where brewers experiment with different brewing methods and flavors, there are actual inventions being put to use which can change the very experience of drinking.
Here are 3 new inventions that could change how you drink beer for the rest of your life.
- iPhone Bottle Opener
There are a number of versions of this, but they all add up to one thing: a bottle opener you can carry with you everywhere. Gone are the days where a bottle opener has to be part of a key chain. Those things always stuck into your leg or made your keys difficult to get out of your pocket. Some of them even put holes in your pocket. The new line of iPhone bottle openers are unobtrusive and still very effective. They’re with you as long as you have your phone, which means they are always with you.
- Beer-powered water heater
A peasant in China used beer bottles to create a solar-powered water heater. This one may be a long way from the market (it’ll take a while to take a peasant’s invention and mass produce it an ocean away), but it’s a great sign of how drinking a beer doesn’t have to end with waste. There are a lot of great inventions and creations that come from beer after the beer’s already been drunk. Consider some of the great bottle art out there from the artists who enjoy a drink in the evening and creating in the morning.
- The Growler Chiller
This one, of the three on this list, is the one that is really going to change your life. Consider these three words and prepare to be amazed: beer growler tap.
If you had one of those, you could purchase your growler and never have to spend your evenings in the bar again. This invention manages to keep beer fresh and cold and serve it out of a tap, just as if you were getting it fresh from the bar. It’s a revolutionary development in the world of drinking, and it deserves far more publicity.
This is just a short list of some of the great creative changes going on in the beer world outside of the development of beer itself. With so many creative minds working on this process, it may not lead to the reinvention of the wheel, but it could lead to something just as interesting: the reinvention of drinking beer.