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Editors' Picks: New Drinking Doodads, Base Malt, and Hand-Picked Historical Recipes

From bespoke historical beer recipes to a thing that turns your can into a cup, here are our Editors' Picks from Issue 37 (February–March 2020).

Craft Beer & Brewing Staff Mar 20, 2020 - 6 min read

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Draft Top

$24.99, drafttop.com

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We see a fair number of quizzical beer devices, to the point where something must be genuinely novel to surprise us. The pitch for the Draft Top was one such shocker that had us asking, “Why on earth would we ever need to do that to a beer can?”

The best answer we can conjure, still, is “Because it’s kind of fun.” There is no real need for this device—cans themselves are perfectly suitable as drinking vessels, even though they do limit your ability to appreciate hops aromas that brewers (and by extension, you) pay a small fortune to imbue in today’s hops-forward beers. Can lids used by certain brewers allow for the same effect without having to resort to a special device.

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