Top Five Recent Beer Inventions

The brewing of beer is a technology as old as civilization itself. Since its inception, mankind has steered its innovative mind toward the betterment of this process, as well as making beer more pleasurable to drink.

Many inventions have come down the line, from the beer tap to the beer hat, yet the process of brewing beer (and drinking it) has remained unchanged. The popularity of craft beer is also spawning new ideas to make beer more interesting.

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If you thought beer-tech innovation has reached its zenith, here are five recent examples that might change your mind.

Cold beer = charged phone
5. Cold beer cell phone charger
The Epiphany onE Puck is a gadget developed by a group of "technologists and business professionals" looking to solve that age-old problem of how to charge a cell phone with a cold beer.

It works by way of a Stirling engine, which is powered using heat disparities, and has two sides: one for hot and one for cold. It works independently and does not need to be plugged into a source of electricity to work. Stirling engines are nothing new; they were invented by Robert Stirling in 1816. What makes this one interesting is that it's a technology that combines pleasure with a modern practical effect. It is compatible with iPhones, Androids, all iPods, and any USB-charged electronic device drawing 1 amp or less. Now that is one fierce beer coaster.

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