If you want to drink brewery-fresh beer in your home, your options are limited. You’ve got to either get a whole keg, or buy a half-gallon growler fresh from the brewery’s tap room. Both are inconvenient. Kegs are huge and require a giant fridge, and growlers need to be consumed within a day or two after opening, or else the beer inside goes stale.
This is where Hopsy’s HomeTap makes things easier for beer lovers. The HomeTap is small enough to fit on a countertop in your kitchen (or in the breakroom at work if you’ve hit your series A round). The beer comes in special 2-liter bottles that are filled by local microbreweries who have partnered with Hopsy. Inside each plastic bottle is a bag—just like the bag inside a box of wine, though the liquid inside this bag is much tastier.
The HomeTap pushes air into the plastic bottle, putting pressure on the bag inside and squeezing the beer out through the tap.
The path to beer is simple: You insert the big bottle, run the built-in hose to the device’s tap handle, then close and lock the door. The beer is kept cold inside the machine. When it’s time to pour, the HomeTap pushes air into the plastic bottle. This puts pressure on the bag inside, squeezing the beer out through the tap and into your glass. Air never touches the beer, so the suds stays fresh for up to two weeks.
The machine is designed by the German company Krups, and there are already systems like the HomeTap in Europe. But Hopsy is the sole US distributor. After you buy a HomeTap, Hopsy delivers beer of your choosing to your door as often as you’d like. You can either buy the machine outright and buy the beer bottles as needed, or you can sign up for an auto-renewing subscription plan that includes delivery.
The bottles are more expensive than traditional growlers; $20 and up. Also, the HomeTap is not available outside of select areas, and your choice of beers is limited to what’s offered by the local microbreweries who have partnered with Hopsy. But come on—you love beer, so surely you can find something on the menu to quench your thirst.