beer fridge

If NewAir AB-1200B sounds like the name of a fridge from the future, that’s because it is. With its pristine black matte finish and inaudible whirr, the NewAir looks like an appliance you’d find on a starship, voice-powered by the HAL-9000 perhaps. But instead of filling it with the freeze-dried goo astronauts have to eat, you can stock it up with a more earthly beverage: beer, and lots of it. If you configure the shelves correctly, the storage space maxes out at an impressive 126 cans. That’s five and a quarter 24-packs of Solid Gold, or just your one three-liter bottle of Samiclaus if you’re trying to be a real grinch.

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Another feature worth noting is its security that comes by lock and key. Anyone who’s returned home from vacation to find their vertical of Black Note missing knows that some treasures are best left kept from prying hands.

But even you can be your beer’s own worst enemy. The other night, mid heated game of ping-pong, I whipped my paddle across the room and shattered my last bottle of Bourbon County. Mopping up the remains, I decided then and there that letting my prized beers rest on a wobbly credenza wasn’t going to cut it as “cellaring” any more.

With total temperature control, maximum energy efficiency, and a design so intuitive any buzzed up college kid could get it up and running, there’s no excuse to forgo the upgrade. Embrace the future of the beer fridge, it’s here now.

And bonus! If you use the promo code MITTENBREW at checkout you’ll get an extra 20% off the price tag. Hop over here to get your hands on one.


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How cold does this fridge get?
You can adjust the temperature as low as 34 degrees, making this one of the coldest beverage coolers on the market.

Is this beer cooler loud?
No. The motor chilling this fridge is very quiet, measuring on 35 decibels at its loudest in our testing.

Can you install this as a built-in underneath kitchen cabinets?
No. This unit has a rear vent and is designed to be spaced at least 2 inches from the wall at its back.

Will wine bottles fit in this fridge?
Yes. Adjustable racks offer lots of freedom in how you set up the interior of the cooler. Just be sure to adjust the thermostat to the ideal temperature for your wine, which is typically around 55 degrees for most varieties.


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JENISON — John Timmer of Bad Moon Studio didn’t expect his life to change over a conversation with his 11-year-old son on the way to hockey practice.

“He asked my why I had the job I did and if I liked it,” said Timmer. “I told him that it was a good job, paid well and had flexibility, so I could do things like take him to hockey practice.”

Then his son asked the real question.

“He asked me ‘Is it what you love?’ and then ‘Why don’t you do what you really want to do?’”

That same year, Timmer’s son was killed in a car accident. The simple question lingered on in Timmer’s thoughts and eventually inspired him to start Bad Moon Studio, a one-man shop that repurposes used whiskey barrels into functional furniture and decor.

Ten years after their loss, as the Timmer family muddled through the recession and Timmer was working at a donation center — his son’s question came back to him.

He began taking broken furniture home with him from the donation center and fixing it up. He was good with his hands and had a degree from Kendall College of Art & Design that had been lying dormant for some time.

“I’m a creative person,” said Timmer. “I love creating something new, but also useful. As I started building these funky pieces of furniture, I realized I was putting my whole heart into it.”

There it was — the answer to his son’s question.

One day, friends presented Timmer with a used whiskey barrel and asked him if he could make a coffee table out of it.

He admits it went terribly, taking him nearly 20 hours to complete the task. However, like any artist, Timmer was relentless about refining his craft. Soon, he was seeking out other used barrels and dreaming up designs of interesting and useful works of art.

His son’s words continued to reach out to him and with the support of his family, he started Bad Moon Studio, where he takes sourced barrels and chisels away at them like a piece of marble until each one becomes something altogether new. His constant search for barrels takes him around the Great Lakes region and he gets to chat with area brewers and distillers.

“These are my people,” Timmer said. “This group of brewers and distillers are not cookie-cutter folks. They are artists. They have to be to dream up and make the unique beers and spirits they do. They are the perfect blend of craft and art.”

Timmer continues to design and build his distinctive pieces in his Jenison studio and dream up what he’ll do with the next barrel he gets his hands on.

“I always want to walk the line between function and art,” said Timmer. “I want to build something that will last a hundred years.”

Enough artistry, creativity and passion to make something to last hundred years would be quite a legacy — one that his son would surely approve of.

If you’re looking for something unique for Father’s Day or the whiskey and beer lovers in your life, check out Timmer’s website.