Small But Mighty: The Synek Growler Adapter

Innovation by | Oct 2016 | Issue #117

Thanks to its very successful Kickstarter campaign, Synek is already well-known in beer circles, and while it’s a worthy innovation, it’s not the subject for this month’s column. Its new adapter is.

The tabletop draft beer system was delivered to its Kickstarter backers in July 2015 and made available to the public that October. It quickly gained its share of critics, though, who complained about a lack of breweries that would fill the proprietary cartridges: 128-ounce, one-use, recyclable sacks that are filled with draft beer and keep it fresh in the Synek dispenser for up to a month.

“Synek was founded with the intent to give craft beer drinkers access to every beer on draft at home,” says Synek communications director Zachary Schmidt. “While we are very proud of the progress we’ve made toward training and equipping breweries across the country, we realized not all of our customers were within a reasonable distance to a partner brewery. If we wanted to stay true to our mission, we needed to come up with a way to take care of those customers.”

Now, a new adapter promises to turn any regular ol’ growler into a Synek-ready vessel. Easy to use, the adapter simply screws on to a 64-ounce growler, essentially converting the container into a mini-keg by blanketing the beer with CO2 to protect it from oxygen and dispense it. And while it won’t keep the beer fresh for 30 days like the Synek cartridges, it does maintain freshness for two weeks.

Opening up the tabletop draft system to any available draft beer, the growler adapter is a must-have accessory for Synek owners—and it might even convince more customers to invest in the attractive appliance.

Get the adapter for $30 at