Wednesday, 29 June 2011

I Want One of These

I like sparklers and have quite a few of all shapes, colours and sizes, so it is always interesting when a new one comes along.

According to the marketing blurb:

"The Vari-Head is a unique beer sparkler which allows you to tailor the head on hand pulled real ale without having to remove it from the beer engine.

It fits all existing beer engines with no modification, and is made from food grade plastics and 'o' rings and stainless steel screws.

The Vari-Head also increases your Hygiene levels due to the fact that it is operated by the inside of a clean glass not a server's hand."

We all know the sparkler should be compulsory, but here we may just have the perfect solution for those misguided souls that reckon otherwise.  I say "maybe", as I'd have to try it out first to be sure, but it should at least be something many pubs in the grim unsparkled part of the country could consider?

I may have to send off for one, but who knows, maybe the company will see this and send me one for some road testing.

The details are here.

Talking of sparklers, if anyone has a working "dog's dick" sparkler they don't want, do let me know.  I used to own one, but no idea where it has gone.


Neil, Eating isn't Cheating said...

Had the worst pint I've drank in years from the Wetherspoons on Camden Lock recently.

Pint of bishops Finger was the best thing on the bar which says a lot...

flat as a fucking fart with absolutely zero head, piss water thin mouthfeel, no flavour.

A sparkler could have at least given it a little body and some head, even if the flavour still wouldnt have been the best. Might have atcually pushed some aroma out into the head aswell which wouldve helped the overall flavour.


Tyson said...

Sounds damn good to me.

Ed said...

It's the devil's work.

Anonymous said...

Vari Head, sounds like something the wife could use

Neville Grundy said...

I can see a new generation of sparkler debate - should the mechanism in the Vari-Head be applied or not?

At least it would have the advantage of eavesdroppers in pubs gaining a curious impression of what the conversation is about.

ChrisM said...

They have some at the Tankerville Arms in Eglingham, near Alnwick, if that helps? ;-)

Mark Dredge said...

This is possibly the geekiest beer blog post I've ever read and I love it! Forget fancy hops or funky brewing kit, it's all about the latest sparklers! Nice post :)

Tandleman said...

Neil - A sparkler won't help dead in the water beer.

Mark - That's the nicest thing you have ever said to me. (-;

Jeff Pickthall said...

Ban the bloody lot of them.

Erlangernick said...

So if sparkling an already-gone-dead beer won't help it (agreed, of course), what do you say about using a milk frothing gadget to "sparkle" homebrew that's not yet been primed at all?

And what do you do with properly bottle conditioned beer: just pour and drink? Isn't that way too gassy for youse?

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

Sparkler give body? yeah right.

Yet another a sparkler novelty gadget. Condition the beer properly and consign the sparklers to history.

Tandleman said...

You are right Kieran. Sparkling won't give body, or condition, but possibly will give mouthfeel in flat beer. Sparkled flat beer is just as awful as unsparkled flat beer.

Condition the beer properly then sparkle.

ultimatebar said...
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ultimatebar said...

Hi I'm one of the Directors of Ultimate Bar Products. If you sent us your contact details we will be gald to send you a Sparkler.