PB Kitchen Design Artsand Crafts Wheaton Illinois e1466106865408 June 17, 2016

The beverage station: your dad's dream

It’s becoming more and more common to have the entire family involved in the kitchen design process and dad is no exception. The kitchen industry has been abuzz in 2016 designating the kitchen as the new “man cave,” and our design team is seeing a similar trend as we work with our own clients. [caption id="attachment_3291" align="alignleft" width="290"]PB Kitchen Design Beverage Station PB Kitchen Design Beverage Station in Mequon, Wisconsin. Cabinets by Quality Custom Cabinetry, hardware by Top Knobs.[/caption] One project in particular stood out, as Mequon, Wisconsin, homeowner, Jamie was the driving force in the planning and design choices. Not only did his kitchen go on to win first place honors in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2014 Design Competition, the featured beverage station, in between the kitchen and living spaces has been added to over 37,000 idea books on Houzz.com. The beverage station is not a new feature in home remodeling, however, it has taken on a new vibe, steering clear of the typical “bar-like” feel and honing in on a more butler’s pantry-esque design. In the Mequon project, the PB Kitchen Design team mirrored the strong industrial aesthetics of the kitchen and still managed to preserve the warmth and organic feel of the home’s architecture. The main room, which includes the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, is where the family spends most of their time, and the beverage station is an integral part of everyday life and entertaining.
“My favorite part of the project is the beverage station and under the counter refrigerator,” explained Jamie. “This space helps us easily set up not only for entertaining, but everyday living.”
A wine enthusiast, Jamie said it was important area that this area didn’t scream bar, but their family definitely needed something connected and convenient.
“It’s worked out great! It’s right there, recesessed, but really part of the room, without being in the room. It turned out better than we had ever planned.”
Many of our customers are weaving beverage stations into their kitchen designs and almost all have under the counter refrigeration. The decision to feature this element also comes with the knowledge of how to store your beverage of choice. [caption id="attachment_4108" align="alignright" width="235"]PB Kitchen Design created this beverage area in a Wheaton, Illinois, Arts and Crafts home. The Sub-Zero under counter refrigerator has a panel to match the surrounding cabinets. PB Kitchen Design created this beverage area in a Wheaton, Illinois, Arts & Crafts home. The Sub-Zero under the counter refrigerator has a panel to match the surrounding cabinets.[/caption] According to Wine Enthusiast Magazine in Mt. Kisco, New York, wine should be stored ideally at the same temperature year-round, but opened wine (that should be kept in the refrigerator) can still be preserved in order to take advantage of the last few drops. Writer Mike Dawson of Wine Enthusiast encourages consumers in his article about proper storage after the cork is popped, to resist the urge of leaving the bottle in a room temperature space.
“It’s amazing how often people will keep leftover wine on the counter after they’ve recorked it. You wouldn’t do that with food, so don’t with wine. The cool temp can’t stop exposed wine from breaking down, but it can slow the process significantly.”
On the flip side, we asked Geneva-based Penrose Brewing Company for the ins and outs of proper storage of a different kind of spirit, namely, craft beer. Jeff Cagle, taproom manager at Penrose, gave us some insight on the fridge versus cellar approach.
“It really depends on the type of beer you are looking to store. If you're looking to keep something fresh and truest to the day you purchased it, we would recommend keeping it refrigerated and drinking it as fresh as possible.”
One notable don'ts of storing craft (bottled) beer is in the sunlight.
“UV rays are responsible for the "skunky" smell that beers like Heineken are known for,” says Cagle.
Just as damaging as the rays of the sun, heat is another beer storage no-no, says Cagle, resulting in a rapid progression of the oxidation process. Whether you’re storing your favorite wines, craft beer, spirits, or simple bottled water, the beverage station is here to stay. Often acting as the bond between meal prep and living/entertaining spaces, the beverage station is here to stay, transforming the idea of a bar-experience into a place where lifelong memories are made. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save