Flux Capacitor Could Just Take Your Beer Drinking Into The Future

Flux Capacitor Could Just Take Your Beer Drinking Into The Future

What’s stainless steel and vinyl, has more than a dozen necks and heads, and has the ability to spit liquid into the face of anyone who touches it? It’s called a Flux Capacitor and it may be coming to a bar near you.

The Flux Capacitor, named for the gadget that makes time travel possible in the movie “Back to the Future,” is a highly specialized manifold system for dispensing every draught beer at the right pressure and temperature to provide a premium drinking experience and cut down on beer waste. Over the past eight years, inventor Gabe Gordon, who owns the award-winning Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in the Los Angeles metro area, has hand-welded and sold Flux Capacitors to six boutique craft beer bars around the country, and truth be told, he doesn’t feel like making any more. But a very few very exacting bars are gradually experimenting with similar next-level draught systems, and some industry observers suspect they might forge the next frontier in quality on-premises service.

“It separates the top guys from the top guys,” Gordon says.

No one really got too particular about precise gas levels when most beer came from a handful of industrial producers who churned out the same style of lager. But in a landscape where seemingly every bar in America now adds at least one craft beer to its selection, just serving good beer – even in proper glassware – no longer goes far enough to earn a bar a solid reputation with discerning beer drinkers.

Or, as Greg Engert, beer director for Washington D.C.’s venerated Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which boasts four manifold draught systems, puts it, “Serving craft beer does not a craft bar or restaurant make.”