Japanese brewer Asahi has released the Tornado: a machine that automatically fills cups with beer. Rather than pouring, the spigot connects to the bottom of the specially-formed cup, filling it from the bottom up. As it fills, the foam swirls, resembling a —you guessed it — tornado.
The cup is snapped onto the spigot on the base of the machine and the operator simply presses a button to start.
The best part is that as the cup fills, the beer is illuminated from below. It’s like a party in a glass.
As residents of Japan will know, Japanese beer drinkers love a generous amount of head. In fact, it is not uncommon to get a beer that is almost one-third foam. The machine has a second nozzle just for topping up the cup with extra suds. The result is a beer that looks as good as it tastes.
The first Tornado was installed in Koshien, Hyogo Prefecture back in 2012. Actually, 150 machines were installed in Japan in 2013. While it’s not a familiar sight yet, it promises to continue growing as a trend. Aside from being easy to operate while providing consistent results, it’s just really cool to watch.
By the way, that video was recorded in a surprising place.
In fact, it was the KFC in Solamachi, the shopping center recently built at the base the Tokyo SkyTree. Robot beer and a great view? We’ll take that.
Just two years ago, Kirin released machines that dispense the head frozen—almost like soft serve ice cream. While the drinks produced by Asahi’s Tornado are less unique, they are probably more practical. Compared to pouring beer directly from the tap, the Tornado actually saves time, making it one investment bar owners everywhere can appreciate. Now, how long before they release the home version?
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