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BeerTender means draft beer at home

Local temperatures may still be bouncing around erratically, but the calendar says it's spring and we're nearing the outdoor dining season.

Going outside, however, doesn't mean you have to give up cold draft beer or settle for purchasing a half-keg or keg. Take this item from Krups, better known for its coffee making equipment.

The Krups BeerTender keeps beer at 37.4°F, an optimal drinking temperature in the minds of most people. The appliance is designed for indoor use, but the drafts can quickly be delivered outside.

The BeerTender is compatible with Heineken, Heineken Premium Light and Newcastle Brown Ale. It features an LED temperature indicator, and keeps the beer for up to 30 days after tapping. It also has a removable tap, a nice security feature to prevent underage would-be drinkers from sneaking a glass.

A package, priced at $149.99, includes the BeerTender, a large stainless steel drip tray and five draught tubes. It's available online or at major stores' appliance departments, such as Macy's. 

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