Beer preference is a highly personal thing. Some enjoy mass-produced cheap stuff while others desire complex, rich microbrews and homebrews. But what if you’ve found a brew you like — if only it had more of the bitter bite of a strongly-hopped beer? Randall the Enamel Animal — no, we’re not kidding — solves the problem by adding hops flavor right at the tap.
Invented by Delaware “craft brewer” Dogfish Head, this tool — technically known as a “organoleptic hop transducer module” — connects to the keg and filters the beer through a half-pound of hops, intensely infusing the beer with hops flavor and aroma just before it’s dispensed. According to Dogfish, higher-alcohol beers work best since the alcohol dissolves more of the oils from the hops as the beer passes through the filter.
Dogfish’s Randalls are in use in many bars now, but if you’re a true hops fiend you can make one yourself, as this dedicated homebrewer has.
Randall the Enamel Animal [Dogfish Head Brewery]