Hopsy review
  • 10/10
    Ease of Use - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Cost - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Features - 9/10
9/10

Summary

Hopsy is a really innovative product for any beer lover. While it may not replace bottles and cans entirely from your lineup, Hopsy has a great line-up of breweries to select from and the tap system is perfect when inviting a few friends over.

Hopsy Coupon

$140 off a new system.

Use this link or enter code BREWFUSE

The wonderful and ever tasteful craft beer industry is reaching unprecedented heights as technology opens new and exciting doors of the brewing world. Automated brewing machines, such as Pico Brew, completely automate the brewing process, making homebrewing less intimidating for newcomers. A more recent entrant to this “brewing tech” market is Hopsy, which aims to deliver fresh on-tap beer directly to your home. We got our hands on one of these bad boys to test out.

Unboxing Hopsy

How Hopsy Works

Hopsy is essentially an all-in-one home tap system that eliminates any guesswork. Think of a Keurig-esque design but for straight-from-the-brewery beer. There are two main components of the system:

SUB: This is the draft system. It’s a compact appliance that sits on your counter (or anywhere else in your home) and plugs into a standard electrical outlet. The SUB Draft System holds the beer in place, keeps it cold, and of course, has a draft handle to pour.

TORPS: This is the beer. Beer is delivered in 2 liter containers and you have the option of joining the monthly beer club for discounted pricing or purchasing individual beers. The TORPS are placed directly inside of the SUB Draft System and connect to the tap. Before you get worried about these being only 2L – remember that this isn’t like a regular tap system. Swapping an empty TORP out for a new one takes seconds.

Breweries

They have some pretty big names in the brewing world as partners as well, including Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Ommegang, and Heineken, among many others. Depending on where you live, the availability selection can change. But one of the most beneficial aspects of Hopsy is being able to obtain fresh (and sometimes limited release) beer from breweries you may not have regular access to.

Hopsy breweries

What About the Cost?

This was a bit of a surprise for me, as I thought this system was going to cost a lot. The SUB Draft System typically retails for $179.99, but they often have a $100 discount for new customers (here is a coupon link). As for the beers, they typically run $14.99 for 2 liters with the Club Discount.

Hopsy Review: Taking the SUB for a Test Drive

Setting up the Hopsy system is ridiculously easy. Plug the SUB Draft System in and press the power button. The button will light up red as it begins cooling and will turn green when it’s ready to add beer. The manual said it can take up to an hour but it only took about 25 minutes for me.

Once the light turned green, I pulled the cap off of my TORP (Gun Hill IPA for the first test. I also refrigerated the TORP beforehand.) which has a little hose connector sticking out of it. I opened the hatch on the SUB, loaded the TORP (pretty interesting names they picked, huh?), connected the tap lines, and closed the hatch. And now we are ready!

Connecting the Hopsy tap line

The Pour

Once you begin pulling the tap, you might be caught off-guard by the noise that it makes after 2-3 seconds. This is the pump activating to maintain pressure in the tap – so it’s completely normal. I tilted my glass 45 degrees and poured, only to be surprised by the amount of foam (nearly 50%). I figured this was due to the warm tap lines hitting the cold beer, because after the second pour, while still a little more than a typical bottle pour, the foam had decreased quite a lot. However, my second TORP poured flawlessly from the beginning, so I think the first beer I tried was an exception.

Pouring

Final Thoughts on Hopsy

Overall I am very pleased with the company and product. It won’t fully replace my urge to grab a bottle or can from the fridge after a long day, but it’s a really innovative and fun product when you have a couple of friends coming over to watch the game. But what’s possibly more important, and a reason why I continue to use Hopsy even when I’m drinking alone (#SadFaceEmoji), is the fact that you can find new limited release beers from breweries I can’t seem to find in local stores AND have it delivered to your door. How can you beat that?

Hopsy Coupon

$140 off a new system.

Use this link or enter code BREWFUSE

2 Comments

  1. Alex

    Here is the thing. I received a link to this product and at the top of the page are the buttons to order the product. Well, at the very bottom of this page is the fine print that says you will be in the beer club for at least 3 shipments. I feel its very deceptive and disappointing to hide this information and never once draw the customers attention to it during the order process. I also feel that is a deliberate choice by hopsy. When I complained to customer service about this after my surprise order showed up they said I had agreed to this when I placed the order and I could pay $99 to cancel if I wished. The attitude of customer service was “we have you in this contract you were unaware of and we don’t care if you stop buying our beer after the 3rd shipment, we already have your $250.” Very disappointing business practice and I will tell everyone I can about this.

  2. Todd Reinerio

    Yeah I had high expectations for this. I’ve truly a beer lover I have been nothing but disappointed with the service. While most of the beers are good there’s a lot of bait and switch. I want it nothing but darks and low and behold I get light lagers in my club. even when I switch to all dark beers magically mysteriously somehow a longer shows up or an ESB or an IPA. They say it’s five cents a glass well I’m pretty damn good at math and you get 5 1/3 pints and roughly comes out to $4 to 5 a glass if you include shipping on the equation. well this is an awesome idea now they started adding things like $0.10 for returnable bottles that well how the hell are you supposed to return them. It’s a typical hipster millennial run corporation great idea 0 planning longevity logistics or follow through. They use lso to ship their beer which is the god-awful shipping company in the whole of the world. you never know when or if your beer is going to show up and often one it does it said not that great of a shape. My best advice would be hold off for a year and see if they make it see if they work out the bugs and pull their heads out of their asses

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