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Is this beer dispenser metal?

A company, appropriately called GrinOn Industries, has developed a rapid beer dispensing system (shall we term this a RBDS?) called Bottoms Up. This amazing technology fills special beer cups up from the bottom. Check out the demonstration:

IMG_4738The cap on the valve at the bottom of the cup is a magnet. Now, obvious potential technical issues aside – just how strong is this magnet? what happens if you accidentally knock it off while trying to drink your beer? – this seems pretty cool. It could totally work at metal festivals, where lines for beer are all too often a massive problem.

I’m still a big fan of Wacken’s solution to the problem of having to line up at the bar – roaming beer backpack people (left). Day and night, these warriors of drunkenness roam the festival grounds refilling beer cups from a hose attached to a refrigerated backpack. They also have Jagermeister dispensers (hey, this is Germany).

Admittedly, roaming beer backpackers are a lot more lo-fi than amazing magnet magic beer cup fillers – but hey, it works! The wandering backpack barstaff  easily are the most popular people on the Wacken grounds.

Hat tip: Wired Playbook

Rad events involving metal and beer

Perth to Bloomington by car (and kayak)

On my various beer-fuelled wanderings around the internet this week, I came across RadFest, a mini metal and beer fest being held on June 5 in the Upland brewery in Bloomington, Indiana in the good ole’ United States of America. Playing at the event are a number of metal bands including Deadmen, Coffinworm and Bible of the Devil.

Sounds awesome! I plugged the address into Google Maps and selected “get directions by car”, but unfortunately it’s going to be a long drive from my current location – cutting across the north of Australia to Japan by kayak, paddling across the North Pacific with a lovely stopover in Hawaii to enter the United States at Washington, then driving across country to Bloomington. It’s only a trifling 25,000 kilometres, but the 53 day journey means that sadly, the event will be long over by the time I get there.

Maybe someone who lives closer can go and take some pictures for us…

Do you have any cool “beer n’ metal” events in your home town?