Isaac Newton’s work led to a paradigm shift in our understanding of the universe, and today, he is regarded as the father of modern physics. Folks, brace yourselves, because the team behind Fizzics have created a contraption of Newtonian magnitude, which could forever change the way you drink your beers.
Hyperbole aside, this is a sleek, well-designed piece of technology that seems to strike a balance between affordability and practicality.
It’s not just a gimmick, there’s actual technology behind Fizzics – pressure from ultrasonic waves provide a perfect head without sucking all the carbonation out of your beer. Before its widget gadgets, Guinness experimented with similar technology in the seventies, though they couldn’t make it practical. Thankfully, all Fizzics needs from you are 4 AA batteries, and your favorite beer placed in the chamber and sealed in place with an easily closable lid.
Once you’ve got the beer primed and your chalice at the ready, pull the lever forward (towards the front) and let the magic (read: science) happen. It’s fun to do, but it does take a bit of a learning curve. The TAP setting, which should be used to pour about 90% of the beer, can still create a lot of foam, so we recommend holding the glass up closer to the tap, like you would with a keg. The TOP (push the lever back) setting really does work wonders, creating a billowy, pillowy cumulus cloud of foam you could almost rest a nickel on.
Cleanup is easy, as simple as rinsing. When you’re done using it, just run a couple ounces of water through the hose the same way you would with beer, and it’s ready for the next vessel. The antimicrobial mat comes out for easy rinsing, if necessary.
As for the size of the Fizzics unit, we had no trouble fitting in growlers, crowlers, bombers, 12-ounce bottles, and though it’s not directly intended for use with cans, it does work with them as well.
When should it be used? It’s great as a party tool and encourages sharing, so larger bottles or growlers are recommended, as the resulting effects on the carbonation (smaller bubbles) and flavor make it easier to drink rapidly.
It works great for single-person use as well, in which case I would recommend pouring the entire glass in one sitting.