OUTDOORS: Don’t ignore what’s right under your nose – Sports – Tuscaloosa News

A friend of mine had the best beer cooler I’ve ever seen in a private home. That’s because it was really a commercial cooler. He bought it from a bar that was closing. If you’ve ever been in a dive bar around here, you’ve seen one like it. It was not very big, would probably hold about 50 cans or bottles, maybe less. It had a 1970s faux wood grain exterior finish, four legs that made it about waist high and two lids that had stops built in to keep them from flopping over too far. The inside was gray aluminum. He kept it in his laundry room because it was too ugly to put anywhere else. But what it would do to beer was a thing of great beauty. They came out of it frosty on the outside and chilled to about 33 degrees on the inside. There was great mourning among my friend and his buddies when it passed away. I, too, have been searching for beer cooling perfection ever since I sold my house in Vestavia East. I left an old 1980s refrigerator there might not have been the equal of my friend’s commercial job but it was pretty good. When we bought a new refrigerator, I moved it to the garage and made an overflow refrigerator out of it and it became my defacto beer cooler. With the fami...

QuikTap offers portability for keg beer | 2019-05-17

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A Grand Rapids entrepreneur is tapping into the global beverage industry by bringing a new level of portability. The QuikTap, a portable CO2 keg tap, promises an alternative to traditional keg systems by dispensing beverages “from keg to cup.” The standard QuikTap features an all-stainless-steel pathway, including the coupler, 12-inch tap rod and faucet. The system also features a 12-ounce, refillable, food-grade CO2 tank, which can dispense roughly 15 gallons at 5 to 8 psi. Dan DeKorne, owner of QuikTap LLC, acquired the business in 2017 from Brent Daniel, who invented the QuikTap system. He later moved the business to 702 Hall St. SW in Grand Rapids. DeKorne said he came upon the QuikTap while surfing the internet for entrepreneurial opportunities. Although not a serious craft beer fan, he recognized the prospect a product like the QuikTap could bring to Grand Rapids’ beer industry. “I just enjoy a craft beer here and there,” DeKorne said. “It wasn’t like a massive passion. It was more or less a business opportunity that made sense to bring to Grand Rapids.” For the first year of business, DeKorne and his team started figuring out the best manufacturin...