Brew cave

There's a reason Neiman Marcus puts out its Wish Book every year. It's the same reason Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous and MTV's Cribs fared so well among viewers -- conspicuous spending is extremely entertaining.

U.S. Cooler's Brew Cave is the offspring sired by just that kind of drunken spending. Billed as "the largest kegerator on the residential market" and hovering around $6,500, this is just a giant, walk-in beer-store cooler with a tap attached. There is room for 30 cases of beer and six kegs, a lockable glass door, LED lighting, a CO2 regulator and tank for the tap. It's nearly 7 feet tall, 7.5 feet wide and 5 feet deep and requires a whole lot of expendable space just to fit into your home.

The good news for buyers is that they'll now have a fittingly impressive place to hold the 720 beers they'll have to drink within the next three or four months before it turns. The bad news is that despite laying out the cost of a small room renovation on a kegerator, you still have to assemble it yourself with an allen wrench like a common Ikea shopper.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.

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