Dedicated beer drinkers take temperature control as seriously as wine aficionados worrying over their Pinot Grigios, Sauvignon Blancs and Rieslings. Your search for the perfect mini fridge to coddle bottles of your favourite brew can take many paths, from small storage units that barely qualify as fridges to the beer-launching mini fridge invented by John W. Cornwall. Set a budget and stick to it, but don't spend so much on the fridge you have no cash to fill it.
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Glass Door Beer Mini Fridge
What could be more important than knowing you're about to run out of beer? Glass door mini fridges tend to be more attractive, sleek and sophisticated and since some are engineered to keep the beer both illuminated and cool, this type of beer keeper is going to add a sleek design touch to the room if you're not hiding it away in the basement. Stow bottles upright or on their sides.
Standard Beer Mini Fridge
It's not as glamorous, but if you buy a quality brand beer mini fridge that's been well rated by Consumer Reports or other watchdogs writing non-biased reviews, a nondescript case is going to be just as loyal when it comes to making certain your beers are stored at optimal temperatures. You'll save bucks if you go for the Plain Jane, but if you're mature enough to know that it's what's behind the door that counts, you can use the cash you save on the premium import you're dying to try.
Mighty Mini Beer Fridge
Even if your budget is next to nothing, you need to keep using your main fridge or a cooler to stow your bottled beer, because it's hard to find a 12 volt-powered portable beer carrier that fits bottles. Engineered for cans, you might be able to wedge a couple of longnecks into the interior of one of these but since cooling capacity leaves something to be desired in these units, save up for the Big Kahuna rather than settling.
The British Beer Mini Fridge
According to BeerFridges.org, there's a difference between a mini fridge and a beer fridge. If it's the real thing, it's got to have your beer brand logo emblazoned on the case. This argument is likely made to convince visitors to the UK site that their beer mini- ridge search is over, but they fail to mention something you consider critical: the Budweiser, Guinness, Stella Artois and other Husky beer fridges are designed to hold 30 to 40 cans, not bottles.
Abandon Your Bottles
Here's a reason to learn to love beer in the can: The beer-launching fridge. It cost scientist/inventor Cornwall a few hundred dollars to build it and he'd be happy to sell you one if you become a can convert. In both versions 1.0 and 2.0, you program it to catapult a beer in the direction of your recliner where you can easily catch it. Version 2.0 allows the owner to program a variety of tossing angles.
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