The Ultrasonic Beer Frother: All the High-Tech Head You Never Asked For

In Japan they love their beer with a healthy head of foam. Which explains why gadgets like the self-frothing beer mug, and now this ultrasonic frother even exist.

Takara Tomy's $40 Sonic Hour works a lot like the self-frothing beer mug, using vibrations to kick up the bubbles and produce a thick head of foam on your lager. But instead of requiring you to then drink it from some novelty stein, it works with any glass you place on its platform. It's like having your own terrible bartender, minus the boring chit-chat and guilt for not tipping them well.

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[Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. via Akihabara News]

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This is great if you like thick head and flat beer.

Your beer should be carbonated enough to produce a decent head on its own. When you use this, it's not making a head out of nowhere, it's just forcing all the CO2 dissolved in the beer to come out at once. You could do the same thing with a sloppy pour.

Once that CO2 is out, there's no putting it back. If that beer takes you more than a minute or two to drink, it's going to be really, really flat by the time you're done.