Black + Decker’s $ 300 Bev vacuums a Keurig-shaped hole in the robot bartender’s room

What if your Keurig instead of coffee poured alcoholic beverages? Well, Keurig actually made such a gadget – a $ 300 cocktail pod machine called Drinkworks Home Bar that turned disposable pods into cold drinks. Only Keurig and Anheuser-Busch mysteriously shut down this venture just three weeks ago and went so far as to appoint a conciliation administrator to offer reimbursement. Which leaves a perfect place in the market for a competitor to step into: Black & Decker of dustbuster, power tools and fame for small kitchen appliances.

The $ 300 Black + Decker Bev is coming this spring with what is perhaps the most practical (and ugly) bid on the robot bartender yet. Unlike any competitor I could find online, it is literally looks like a low-end Keurig, with only five stainless steel straws to suck the alcohol out of five standard 750ml liquor bottles of your choice. No need for custom bottles, no need to turn the bottles upside down and potentially make a mess.

You fill it with tequila, rum, vodka, gin and whiskey bottles, fill the water container, put in a pod containing juice and bitter, and press a button that corresponds to the desired strength of your drink. Then an internal pump draws out digitally measured amounts of each liquid, uses pressure to push them into the capsule and mix them, valves direct excess liquid back to each bottle unpolluted, the beverage is poured into your glass, and the entire system flushes the tubes. with air and water to cleanse itself out. The company says the whole process takes under 30 seconds. (The capsules also have something similar to Keurig-like DRM: the machine scans a basic barcode to identify the capsule.)

As with Keurig’s venture, Stanley Black & Decker (which also owns DeWalt, Craftsman and Porter-Cable) is not alone: ​​it has teamed up with Bartesian and is using the company’s existing pods (which cost $ 15 for a pack of six each good for a single drink). ). Interestingly, Bev comes in $ 50 cheaper than Bartesian’s current machine. Stanley Ventures also invested in Bartesian last year, and spokesman Brooke Withers confirms that the company “is working with Bartesian to explore the possibilities of bringing the homemade cocktail experience to more markets around the world.” got a very quick look at Bev on the CES 2022 show floor and you can see it embedded below.

If you’re wondering, no, Bev does not have a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi remote, but the company says it has a “party mode” with LEDs to illuminate the bottles.

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