Anheuser-Busch and Keurig team up to put a bartender on your countertop
class=»cnetReview row» section=»»> Drinkworks The Drinkworks Home Bar wants to make you a mean Old Fashioned. All you’ll need to do is insert the proper pod into this new countertop appliance and hit start. Think of the Home Bar as a Keurig for cocktails, an apt comparison in this case as Keurig collaborated with brewing giant AB InBev to launch the Drinkworks company as a joint venture.
Besides cocktails, the Drinkworks Home Bar can also make beer and cider. Eventually it will make mixers as well, but not at launch. The pods will contain all of the ingredients for your drink of choice in concentrated liquid form. Put one in the main chrome tower, and the Home Bar adds chilled, sanitized water along with any necessary carbonation for your drink. A blending mechanism at the nozzle puts the finishing touch on the mixture. The Home Bar can make drinks of 3.9, 6.5 and 8.1 ounces.
It will prompt you if you need to add water or carbon dioxide. You add the former just by filling an attached tank, and the Home Bar draws the water into a separate internal tank to chill and sanitize it. For carbon dioxide, you need to buy separate cartridges from the company and attach them to the exterior of the device.
Hopefully the end result will indeed taste like a high-end, well crafted cocktail, as investing in the Home Bar won’t be cheap. The machine itself will cost $300 at launch. A two-pack of carbon dioxide canisters will be $15 — and each canister will be able to make roughly 15 drinks. You can get a four-pack of cocktail pods for $16 and a four-pack of beer pods for $10.
Preorders start Tuesday and 바다이야기 the first machines will hit stores starting Monday, Nov. 19. You won’t see machines on shelves unless you live in St. Louis, however, as Drinkworks is launching with a limited pilot program for now. The company wants its product in the hands of passionate early adopters who will be willing to offer feedback. Supposedly, the Home Bar has 2,000 recipes stored within its memory, but the pilot program will only launch with 24 available pods — which include 15 cocktails, a cider from Stella Cidre, English beers from Bass and German-style beer from Becks.
Here’s the full cocktail list:
Gin & Tonic
Long Island Iced Tea
White Wine Peach Sangria
Lime Vodka Soda