Move Over Randalls of the World: There’s a $52,000 Beer Infuser Ready to Take You Down

Draft Beer Fusion Tower

Matt Kyle is a 22-year-old entrepreneur who has spent the last two years developing a fool-proof method and machine for infusing beer. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, it’s just as it sounds – adding different ingredients to beer to change its flavor characteristics.

Up until recently, the only methodical way for doing this was through a “Randall,” a device made by homebrewers out of pool filter components. Since Kyle’s been in the homebrew community for close to five years, he’s tried some infused beers made with a Randall. Although he liked the taste, he wasn’t impressed with the method, and he became determined to find a better way.

After toying with designs similar to a Randall, he finally decided to scrap his original plans, went back to the drawing board for 18 months, and created what is known today as the “Fusion Tower,” a metallic, tube-like machine that infuses fresh ingredients with draft beer to create flavor twists on the final product.

Whether you’re adding hops, coffee, fruits, chocolate, or spices, the infused ingredients are placed in the “fusion chamber,” seen in the picture above. The chamber is placed back in the tower, and the tower hooks to a keg. The ingredients are then sent to the fusion chamber where they are pressurized with the beer. After this, the beer is complete and ready for pour.

Draft Beer Fusion Tower
Matt Kyle (right) testing the Fusion Tower at the Hulmeville Inn in his hometown of Bucks County, PA

The cost to lease a Fusion Tower is $1200 per month, but when I spoke with Matt, he told me they offer deals for clients who have multiple locations or are willing to sign long-term deals. The purchase price for a Fusion Tower unit is $52,128. This price includes installation anywhere in the continental US and a training session on how to blend and infuse flavors for the best results.

Matt said he’s often asked why the Fusion Tower is “so expensive.” I had to ask too. “I bet Ferrari is often asked that same question. Quality comes first, price second. Our product goes through an intensive, costly process using top-notch materials,” he said.

Whole Food’s Cold Point Pub in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania is currently the only home for a Fusion Tower, but Kyle is working on garnering support for implementation in a number of other establishments. For now, his main goal is to spread the word, and that’s what we’re doing for him here.

When I asked Kyle about his biggest obstacle, he didn’t name one single instance, but rather summarized the experience as a challenge he’s still facing: “Being an entrepreneurial college dropout, I didn’t have any formal education to help me bring a product to market. I can’t even count the number of times I lost my momentum, hit unfathomable roadblocks, got parts that didn’t fit, or realized that I needed to start from scratch again. There were so many ways to fail and only one way to succeed. I thought it would be a sprint, but it turned out to be a marathon. By the way, I’m still running.”

Kyle appears to be on the right path. His website is beautiful, and he’s a very professional, driven guy with big plans for his future. All he needs is a bit more press. More awareness could bring more customers. We’re always interested in new draft beer creations. Now we’re hoping they’ll bring one to Buffalo!

6 Comments

  • A Brewer November 28, 2012 @ 11:03pm

    Ferrari? I was thinking more like PT Barnum. Well, David Hannum actually said the famous words, but they have been attributed to Barnum…

  • Schroeder February 23, 2013 @ 12:30am

    $52000!!??
    OMFG!

    Maybe it was that much work for him to develop because like most home-brewers he didn’t know s__t about beer dispense systems.(for the record most professional brewers don’t have a clear grasp on dispense systems either)

    His lack of knowledge at the outset of this project does not justify the cost. I have been working in beer dispense for 8 years ( and am also a home-brewer) I also have some chops as a machinist and welder, and could build a system like this in a weekend for under $700 in materials (yes… brewery grade stainless steel parts and fittings)

    BTW. I have been commissioned to build 3 infusers by one of my customers. They will be billed for time and materials (including development time) I expect their bill to be under $4000 per unit including installation and training.

    Ferrari… bullshit! designing a car like that requires hundreds of man-years of schooling and experience… not 2 years from an untrained college drop out

    • Ross King May 8, 2015 @ 1:14am

      Hi
      I am interested in a couple of infusers. What your clients experience with the ones you have already installed.
      Cheers
      Ross King

    • Rosly July 6, 2017 @ 1:10am

      Hi, I’m head brewer for a new brewpub that will open in Chengdu, China. I was wondering if you still build Randalls. I would be very interested in working with you. Please contact if you see this: rosly.schofield@gmail.com

  • Another Brewer June 22, 2016 @ 5:22pm

    I’d be more inclined to buy one of the $2000 models and infuse it with $50k to see what it tastes like.

    • Caitlin Hartney June 23, 2016 @ 10:35am

      Haha. Let us know how that works out!

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