Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ice Cap Cometh

Kirin's soft-serve beer has a frozen helmet



Just last week, we gave you beer-flavored ice cream.

Our bad. We didn't know that Japan was working on a top-secret project to deploy actual beer from an ice cream machine, which, c'mon, is even better.

Kirin, #1 maker of torpedo-sized, low-malt brews in the land of the rising sun, is now testing the Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft, a beer topped with a frozen swirl of foam.

This is no kiddie cone — check out the promo.

Air is injected into the beer to create the foam, which is then flash-frozen and dispensed from a soft-serve-like machine.

The head — which is about 23 degrees F, according to Gizmodo — will seal your precious brew from the elements and keep it chilled for up to an hour.

The only problem? Kirin plans to roll out the beer in Asia after initial experiments in Tokyo — although that doesn't mean it won't ever reach the states.

In the meantime, you'll need to find an excuse to fly over to Japan on business, or just make do with a DIY frozen brew.

Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft
frozen-nama.jp (Japanese)

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