SYNEK is a draft system that serves any beer, fresh from the tap, anywhere you want it. Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 24, 2014.
About this project
We believe that beer is an art that deserves to be shared with the world. Imagine, for a moment, that you could have access to every beer in the world fresh from the tap. Your favorite local brewery, your best friend’s homebrew, or an international favorite…all available to you wherever and whenever you want it.
SYNEK has turned that vision into a reality.
Fast Company: "...the game-changing part is the flexible packaging."
ABC: "...for anyone who has dreamed of one day [enjoying] a personal pint of beer anywhere imaginable..."
Mashable: "...like a Keurig, but for beer"
Engadget: " ...puts your kegerator out to pasture."
Esquire: "What are you waiting for?"
PC Magazine: "Calling all beer snobs"
Fox News: [Live Video Interview]
Aftonbladet (Swedish Media): "Capsule coffee has received his heir. Now the beer in bag."
Digital Trends: "...solves a number of different problems. First and foremost, it cuts down the price you pay for beer."
The Daily Dot: "...pours you the perfect beer every time."
Hot Hardware: "...it’s incredibly easy to fill..."
Elite Daily: "..who wouldn’t want a cold glass of brew at the push of a button right in your own kitchen?"
Total Frat Move: "It's about damn time...I’m going to buy five of them, because why the $%#@ not?"
Also appearing in: Outside, Eater, The Drainage, Uncrate, Oh Gizmo, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Beer Festivals, Artful Pint, NewSchoolBeer, Business Journal, Homebrew Finds, Beer on my Shirt, and many more..
More detail in the FAQ section
Filling from any tap is easy:
..just some of many so far..Let us know who you want! We'll make it happen!
NOTE: Please continue to call, email, and otherwise contact your favorite breweries and ask about SYNEK (and report back to us as we work on our end). One of the easiest and most effective ways we've found is you tweeting: "@[brewery of interest] are you guys on board to fill the @syneksystem cartridges?: http://kck.st/1o00kuo #SYNEK". Others will favorite, retweet, etc. Even if they do not get back to you, at least they see it, and rest assured we will follow up with them. Also please consider sharing this "handout" with them.
Don't lose quality (like you do with growlers) - ours last 30+ days!
- Cartridges are interchangeable - ultimate selection and convenience; change in-between pours with no lost carbonation
- Easily store our cartridges; perfect for aging and safe-keeping
- Completely customize your cartridge, from homebrewer to brewery; start your beer-sharing or homebrew club NOW!
- Dispense your favorite craft beers at their highest quality anywhere
- Access craft beer around the world and easily transport it!
Bottom line: We are forced to choose between selection, convenience, OR quality. But now you can have them all, with SYNEK.
Backers of our Kickstarter will receive the following privileges that nobody else will:
- Get it CHEAP! Get the dispenser for $299 and 10+ cartridges (could be more cartridges depending on how much we can scale). Plus, the more stretch goals we hit, the more free stuff you get.
100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. During or after Kickstarter, if you are not satisfied with your experience, we will refund you 100%.
- Support Your Local Craft Brewer! We envision transforming the craft beer industry. Every backer opens up new opportunities for local brewers to sell more beer at a higher quality and lower cost.
- Finalize the design for our early 2015 first shipment. You will provide input following the close of our Kickstarter to finalize the design. We have our team of designers, manufacturers, etc. ready to roll; now we just need you!
- Access to industry experts. You will get access to private LIVE interviews with brewers and distillers across the world and ask questions for their expert advice. Check out our other website: www.craft-conscious.com.
- The Future of SYNEK. You will have input on the design of the next version of the SYNEK dispenser - you lead the way!
The SYNEK team
Risks and challenges
Product Delays- We have relationships already established with manufacturers, distributors, etc. but there is a chance that the production process may take longer than expected, especially if there are large orders.
Local Legal Issues - Ever country, state, province, city, etc. has unique laws when it comes to producing, distributing, and consuming alcoholic beverages. Please ensure you understand the laws that apply to your location to ensure SYNEK can provide the most impact.
Process Concerns - There are a million+ unique ways to create, store, and dispense beer. We have tested the major ones, but not all of them. SYNEK may not perform up to standards under unique situations. We will do our best to work with you to learn how SYNEK may have under-performed and discern the best way to overcome it. Bottles have had a century to perfect the process and they still give users issues.
Brewery Participation - We will be providing tap adapters to our Kickstarter backers; however, not every brewer will allow you to fill your cartridge off their tap. Tell us if you run into this issue and we will do the best we can to educate that brewer on why they should start filling in our cartridges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
SYNEK is legal is ALL US States but: Minnesota, Mississippi and South Dakota. We posted a list of states, number of breweries, and number of beers not bottled/canned in our Update #1.
Internationally, there are some questions in some areas of Quebec, but otherwise we have not heard a single legal opposition.
PLEASE contact us if you have further information.
I want to pledge for a SYNEK, but I'm afraid it may not catch on in my area and I'll be stuck with a super-expensive paperweight. What should I do?
We offer a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE during AND after Kickstarter. If during your experience, even after pledging on Kickstarter and it closes, your mind changes or you want to "downgrade" a large order or cancel altogether, you can.
PLEASE do not hesitate to pledge. Kickstarter is all or nothing and we can't make this a reality without your full support :)
NOTE: We are working tirelessly on our end to connect and partner with any and all local breweries. Let us know which ones you want us to reach out to. We have several months before the first shipment to connect with them (not just the 30 days of Kickstarter). And we haven't had a brewery turn us down yet. We just need the word out and your support!
1. Severely Reduced Shipping Rate Regional Pick-Up: As you can see from the video above, we are partnering with breweries around the world. We are trying to utilize breweries as a distribution source, meaning we ship numerous SYNEKs to the breweries, and then you and others pick your SYNEKs up there. This will drastically reduce shipping costs to everyone involved, especially internationally.
We are working tirelessly on our end, but also need you and other backers' help in creating these pick up locations. The list grows every day. For example, we have a brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Christian Moerlein) that is 100% behind us. They not only will promote and fill the product, but have offered to be a pickup location for the first shipment of SYNEKs. Therefore, all SYNEK backers in the Cincinnati area can now expect to pay severely reduced shipping by just picking up at this brewery instead of shipping direct-to-door.
NOTE: Bear in mind that during OR after Kickstarter, if you are not satisfied with your experience, we will refund 100%. There is NO reason to fear you may pledge to get a SYNEK, and then no brewery around you will accept them. We have time between now and the first shipment to get any brewery you want on board, plus guarantee the 100% refund if it somehow does not work out for you.
We don't want to release a definitive list of pickup locations or exact shipping costs until it is time to ship as they could change for the better! Perhaps shipping costs are even lower than we predicted or an even better location opens up for someone than the one they originally were willing to pick up from. So please back us and have others do so too. In the time we have between now and first shipment, we will get you your SYNEK as soon and as cheaply as possible. (And if after it all you are still not satisfied, we'll refund you 100%.)
BREWERIES: this means all Kickstarter backers in your region will come to YOU for their SYNEK, and be right there to fill gallons of YOUR beer. We help you sell more beer at a higher quality and lower cost. Why not work with SYNEK? Reach out with any questions.
2. Direct-To-Door: We are of course offering direct-to-door shipping, which will be more expensive than a regional pick-up location.
By pre-ordering you are receiving a discount for your early support. Your credit card will be charged for the price of your order once you complete this checkout process. Orders will be fulfilled in the order they are received. Pre-order product shipment dates are estimates. Shipping costs and taxes/duties are not included in this transaction. Shipping and taxes/duties will be charged in a separate transaction immediately prior to shipping. If this transaction cannot be completed your order will be cancelled and you will received a full refund. This pre-order may be cancelled for a full refund anytime prior to product shipment.
128 floz, ~3.8L, 1 gallon, ~eleven 12 floz beers, 8 pints
The cartridges can be filled from a keg, tap, or inside a brewery’s back room--all with a simple adapter that never allows the beer contact with the outside word, fully preserving its quality.
Are cartridges interchangeable inside the dispenser? Can I drink one glass of beer/wine and switch to a different style?
Yes, the cartridges are quickly and easily interchangeable. We have incorporated one-way valves that close off beer/gas transfer. This will allow you to switch them without having to drink the entire gallon and without losing carbonation. It is like having a bar full of taps in one device, saving counter space and increasing portability and variety.
30+ days after the first pour. Unlike growlers that expose the beer to air, ours are filled airtight, providing a 30+ day shelf life.
If filled properly, our tests have shown SYNEK can provide a shelf life that is similar/better than bottles/cans/kegs (4-5+ months). So aging/storing a homebrew, favorite that you want to keep around, or wine is absolutely feasible. The 30+ days only starts after the first pour.
No. Our specially engineered material will have drastically less interaction with the beer than PET plastic (common plastic bottles). Initial blind taste tests have shown that our cartridges provide a better taste experience relative to rigid containers.
Similar to glass bottles, they are reusable but we don't recommend it. Why? 1) The outer layer of our cartridge is specially designed to deflect UV rays and is completely opaque, which means you won't be able to see any impurities left over from previous fills. 2) There will be an integrated layer that extracts O2 to provide the maximum quality. This layer breaks down after each use and becomes less effective over time. 3) The whole idea is to make beer packaging and consuming easier for you. No cleaning ever again; these are 100% recyclable. One and done, on to the next perfectly preserved beer.
We have developed the most durable flexible packaging for beer in the entire world. We have successfully achieved levels of 30+ PSI and are doing tests to enhance that durability. We will likely incorporate pressure relief valves at 20 PSI which will still accommodate the majority of beer produced.
The chances are slim. As mentioned in the question above, our bags can hold 30+ PSI and we have a pressure relief valve that is activated at 20 PSI.
Growlers, bottles, cans, and most kegs do not have this feature so they risk 'exploding'. SYNEK does not.
They are FDA approved and sanitary. You never have to clean a bottle again!
Each gallon cartridge will cost ~$1 and can be reusable (not recommended). Pricing will change with the quantity ordered.
Yes. The pressure relief valve on our cap will begin to steam off pressure at 20 PSI. You are able to force-carbonate, ferment, and carbonate inside the bag, as well as age and store your brew. The 30 day shelf life does not start until after the first pour. This is a great application for beer, but of course particularly wine.
A patent pending 2+ ply - LLDPE / Metalized Polyester. We will incorporate an O2 extracting material to provide the absolute best quality assurance possible.
No, not in an unpressurized cabin. We have not tested the containers for dramatic altitude testing. Eventually, the answer is most likely yes because the pressure relief valve will release all the excess pressure and your beer will arrive flat.
Yes. Wherever this is an outlet, you have perfect beer, fresh from the tap. We will even look into designing a battery-powered device.
Yes. Temperature ranges will likely be from 34F to 60F (~1C to ~16C).
Yes. You can adjust the CO2 pressure to create the perfect pour for your beer.
Yes, the front of the dispenser has a clear insulated window that allows you to see the brand of the cartridge you are dispensing inside, from “Steve’s Love Potion” (homebrew) to your local brewery’s logo.
You cannot see the beer inside the bag - we have incorporated a reflective UV shield on the outside to preserve quality.
The first model will launch with a single tap and cartridges come in one size (1 gallon or 3.78L). However, the cartridges are interchangeable to provide access to variety. And they can be interchanged in-between pours without losing carbonation.
This first model is focused on economizing counter space and peak portability.
Similar to a keg, the cartridge itself is pressurized with CO2. The chamber of the dispenser is not pressurized (aka the ‘bag isn’t squeezed’). This allows you to interchange the cartridge and it will stay pressurized for lasting freshness, unlike growlers.
FDA approved tubes and standard beer taps.
Either thermo or compressor – there are pros and cons to each. After the close of our Kickstarter, we will ask our backers what aspects are most important to them and incorporate that into the final design.
Our final design should be no bigger or heavier than a common toaster oven. The market-ready design won’t be finalized until after the Kickstarter.
A full cartridge alone is one fluid gallon, so ~8lbs or ~3.6kg (It is nearly weightless when empty).
One of three options: 1) 12oz refillable tank, 2) disposable 12g “bullets”, 3) an option to connect your current large CO2 tank (an already existing line in your own home, perhaps to a current kegerator). We have found that our international friends prefer the one-time use cylinders.
We cannot ship full CO2 tanks (they are considered deadly weapons). We will release a list of all approved CO2 refill stations, but most AHA shops, Walmart stores and other retail locations provide refills.
Disposable 12g containers can be shipped direct to door or bought at retail.
It depends. In most states any container holding a gallon or less is considered legal. Most restrictions form around labeling, which ours will qualify for--basically envision the same label you see on a bottle with only the volume amount changed).
Most breweries allow you to fill any “growler”, even one from another brewery. However, some are sticklers for only using their growler with their label. SYNEK cartridges are “blank” and can remain blank or be labeled, so most (if not all) breweries should accept a SYNEK cartridge as a “growler”. Simply ask them to fill and charge for two growler’s (128 fl oz) worth.
Breweries will essentially have 3 options to fill cartridges:
1. Right from the tap (manually) - This will likely provide around 30 days shelf life and where a SYNEK cartridge is used just like a growler
2. Manually fill in the back room - Similar to kegs, brewers will have a special adapter where they can fill multiple cartridges at a time by hand
3. Automation - After we show demand on the market, we will introduce auto-filling equipment that will mass fill our cartridges
No, we do not make or sell beer, we are structured as a packaging company. But we like beer...a lot.
Will It work with 220V 50hz?
Will the temperature be in Celsius?
What are shipping costs internationally?
This is extremely important. To greatly reduce shipping costs overseas, it is critical we lock in relationships with breweries/distributors in your city. If we can ship to a brewery AND have 10+ people in that area buy a SYNEK, we believe that this could reduce shipping costs by 50-75%. Please send us a message if you have that relationship established.
Pledge $1 or more
The "CHEAP BASTARD" - We know you can afford more, but we will let you slide with buying our updates for a dollar. ...Oh, and thank you for your support.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
The "MARKSMAN" - Jeff, our highly-decorated engineer, is also a seasoned marksman. Jeff will shoot a bottle or growler from 600+ yards in your honor to further the SYNEK mission. It will be recorded and posted to our website with a personal thanks to you (of course, the glass will be recycled). It will explode in extravagant fashion. Shipping only required if you mail us your own bottle or growler.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
The "RISQUE T-SHIRT" - Have fun and support SYNEK at the same time with this T-Shirt. Will ship within 30 days of the Kickstarter close. Shipping Included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
The "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW" - You will get access to elite brewers around the world via a 1-hour Google Hangout. Ask questions, get advice, learn new techniques all from the best brewers in the industry!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $299 or more
1,300 backers All gone!
The "SYNEK" - Receive a first edition stainless steel, temperature and pressure-controlled SYNEK dispenser. Don't be left out when your friends are all filling and trading their brew with SYNEK cartridges. Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $329 or more
The "SAINT" - You love SYNEK, but you're all set. That's fine, but you can sponsor a new brewer club. We will DONATE a SYNEK and a year's supply of cartridges to a homebrewer club somewhere around the world. You will receive: 1) the name of the club you sponsored, 2) a picture of them happily using the machine, and 3) a personal thank you from the club. You will become a HOMETOWN HERO somewhere. We believe that homebrewing is a gift that deserves to be shared with the world--support that dream. No shipping cost to you (since you are being so damn philanthropic).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $349 or more
The "RETAIL SYNEK" - Sorry you missed the early bird pricing. This is the retail price of SYNEK that the late supporters will have to pay. Thank you to the early birds! Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $375 or more
233 backers Limited (7 left of 240)
The "BRONZE BEAUTY" - Wait, what? A limited edition BRONZE SYNEK? It sounds too good to be true. Nope. Receive a limited edition bronze SYNEK (vs. the standard stainless steel model). We may only make this available through Kickstarter and never again. Be special. Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $399 or more
75 backers All gone!
The "I WAS HERE FIRST" - Receive your choice of color SYNEK, guaranteed among the first shipped. Get yours before all of your friends, PLUS be celebrated forever on our website as part of "The First SYNEKs". (We'll knock off some shipping costs if you choose the stainless steel model.) Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $575 or more
142 backers Limited (3 left of 145)
The "DOUBLE UP" - Receive 2 first edition stainless steel dispensers. Not only do we take off some cash from the price, but we only charge you one shipping rate. Grab a friend and DO THIS! Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $725 or more
29 backers Limited (6 left of 35)
The "BRONZE DOUBLE UP" - Receive 2 limited edition bronze dispensers. Not only do we take off some cash from the price, but we only charge you one shipping rate. Grab a friend and DO THIS! Bronze style! Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,200 or more
7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)
The "PARTY ANIMAL" - (US/Canadian backers only) - Receive an invite to our SYNEK Launch Party (includes airfare, and hotel for 2 days), PLUS your choice of color of SYNEK (guaranteed among the first shipped), "The First SYNEKs" status forever on our website, and the growler shoot in your honor. Attendees to our launch party may include: Jeff Gordon, Robert Redford, and Miley Cyrus (don't bet on it). It will include a bunch of awesome beers, amazing food, brewers from around the world, industry heavy-hitters, and an electrifying atmosphere you cannot get anywhere else. No shipping costs - pick everything up at the party, or we'll cover it if you're not coming.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,500 or more
11 backers Limited (4 left of 15)
The "OVER-INDULGER" - Receive 6 stainless steel dispensers for the price of 5. Yes, that's a "Buy 5, Get 1 for the heck of it" deal. Shipping not included but the bulk buy will greatly reduce the per unit cost. Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,875 or more
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
The "GREEDY BRONZE BASTARD" - Receive 6 limited edition bronze dispensers for the price of 5. Yes, that's a "Buy 5, Get 1 for the heck of it" deal. Shipping not included but the bulk buy will greatly reduce the per unit cost. Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
The "GRAND TOURISMO" - (US/Canadian backers only) - Receive everything from the "PARTY ANIMAL" Reward, PLUS: 3 extra dispensers to give to friends, AND we will fly you out to SYNEK's HQ to personally meet and tour with local craft breweries and the SYNEK team, including a night out. We pay for your flight, hotel, sports tickets, and all meals. No shipping costs - pick everything up at our HQ when you come.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
The "GOLDEN FALCON GOD-KING" - (US/Canadian backers only) - We will have certified Cicerones fly to your city, meet with several of the best homebrewers, create a hands-on brewing class, and package your creation in hundreds of SYNEK cartridges. Max attendance to this event is 400 people. Be a hero and sponsor a knowledge-packed event. Plus receive one of everything up to the $399 Pledge, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff. Multiple shipping options available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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