Review: 1571F Beer Caramelizer
Ever wanted to combine your love of beer with your love of burning things? Now you can, with the strangest booze-related product to hit the market all year: The 1571F Beer Caramelizer.
Think of the Beer Caramelizer as a cattle brand for your IPA. You place the collapsible/extensible brand in a hot fire — preferably a campfire, of course — then once it’s red hot, you stick the end in your beer. Why? Says the creator: “The gumdrop shaped tip introduces just enough heat to cause a reaction with the sugars in the beverage to create a richer and smoother take of the original variety. It’s an experience. It’s interesting, it’s entertaining and it tastes good. (fun, fascinating, cool) It’s the alcohol version of roasting marshmallows.”
Emphasis on “it’s entertaining.”
It sure is fun. Putting a hot poker into a glass of beer makes it hiss and bubble up (check the video below), as a new head is born where none existed before. It’s a delight to watch, and I’m sure drunken campers can enjoy chasing one another around the campsite with the equivalent of a cattle brand, trying to see if the same effect can be reached directly on a friend’s beer belly. This is surely not recommended.
As for the flavor changes in your beer, well, that would definitely be more subtle. I tried it (heating the tip on a stovetop) with a handful of beers of different styles, and honestly it’s tough to tell any real difference in the caramelizerized beer. As the name suggests, the Caramelizer simply caramelizes a little sugar, though it’s not much in the grand scheme of things. I couldn’t notice any real difference in an IPA. A brown winter ale developed a bit more sweetness, though, and I found it quite appealing — and the big, foamy head is a plus.
But mostly it’s fun to play with fire.