Totally Unbiased Review of the NewAir 126-can Freestanding Beverage Fridge (or, "Someone Gave Me a Free Fridge!")


So there I was, minding my own business, when I get an e-mail from NewAir asking if I’d be interested in reviewing a beverage fridge (in this case, the AB-1200). Well, if you’re a homebrewer, you probably have more refrigerators than the average county morgue, so…yeah, sure, what’s one more (my wife is very tolerant, especially since all this extra refrigeration gives us a lot of party/catering flexibility)? They gave me a fridge - you should know that. I hope I’ve built up enough credibility by saying not-nice things to convince you I’m not someone who will say nice things for no reason, but feel free to reject this review out-of-hand since I was compensated for it. Your call. All I can say is it’s an honest review.

It’s good looking, I’ll give it that, and you can verify it yourself in the photo above: gloss black and glass, and simple/clean.

It’s not as quiet as I expected based on some other reviews, but it’s certainly no louder than any other dorm-plus-sized fridge, so I’m fine with it.

No, the REAL advantage here is that it will hold a single Corny keg with airlock, and I ferment in Corny kegs, so this thing is now my best friend and fit neatly in my home brewery - no more hauling kegs to the basement chest freezer for fermentation! It’ll also hold my three-gallon glass carboy instead (if I put the bottom shelf in), so that’s a plus, too. If you’re fermenting in a 5-6 gallon carboy, though, you’re going to have issues with the hump for the condenser - again, not much to be done about it, but at least the three gallon is an option!

And one other thing you’ll like: the temperature range is WIIIIIDE. At its coldest setting it’s 34F/2C. No surprise there. But at its warmest it’s 65F/18C, which means I don't need my temperature controller: most of my fermentations are lagers, hybrids, or low-temp ales (my German Ale yeast is quite happy at 64), and if I need warmer than that I can pop it out to room temperature.

Can’t speak to reliability yet, but the shelves are sturdy and the glass is thick, and I don’t have any real concerns.

Overall? An interesting alternative for a fermentation chamber in a small home brewery. It’s great as a stand-alone beverage fridge, too, with the adjustability on the shelves and attractive appearance, but I honestly think many home brewers will like it for fermenting. One reason I know that is that (this is 100% true) ONE WEEK before NewAir contacted me I had purchased a similar fridge (though not as fancy) for this EXACT PURPOSE. Sooooo……now I have two. Anyone need a fridge?

Hit me up for mine, or use code SIMPLE20 for 20% off at I don’t think I get any kind of kickback from this, but who knows?

Keep it simple.


Please help support BEER SIMPLE by visiting the Support page and saving the links there as your bookmarks, especially this Amazon link! Every dollar you spend will help keep BS coming your way, and more often (which is at least as much a threat as a promise).