What makes a home classy and inviting to girls are the little touches throughout. No girl wants to see a condom bowl in every room. They want an atmosphere created by stuff like this Hammerhead Shark Corkscrew And Bottle Opener ($15). Pop open a bottle of Chardonnay with this and then pour your wine into a nice wine glass. Hopefully, you aren’t pouring wine into one of your 32-ounce AM/PM plastic cups. That’s turrrrible.
Home By on Dec 11, 2013
It’s a good thing these coasters weren’t used as props on the set of Road House with Patrick Swayze, ‘cuz that’d have meant more emphasis on the dialogue. Of course the No Bar Fights beer coasters ($25) rely on your patrons knowing how to read and being easily influenced by coaster slogans, but we fully support this message from the folks at Tanner Goods. Now if they ever make a set of No Dirty Dancing coasters, well, then we might have to rumble.
Home By on Dec 10, 2013
Up until now, one-handing your beer bottle to pry it open seemed like a fool’s task. Now, it’s a different world. The GrOpener (short for GrabOpener) comes from the brilliant mind of inventor Mark Manger out of Denver, CO. Mark saw the stick & screw openers while bartending in Africa in the ’90s, and a similar leverage principle is in effect here, only it’s now all in one sweet beautiful motion. Just grab the bottle with a little bit of force and physics does the rest. Besides being great for people who have a hand full of chicken wings, it’s also a godsend for amputees, stroke victims and others who may only have full use of one hand.
Home By on Dec 9, 2013
The concept of having a cold beer in your hand for 24 hours probably shakes your cerebellum to the core, but that’s what the Hydro Flask ($50) promises. The world’s first vacuum-insulated beer growler uses double wall vacuum insulation to keep cold liquids cold for a day and even spiked hot cocoa stays hot for 12 hours. Regular hot cocoa also stays hot for 12 hours– no alcohol bias here. 64 ounces of liquid refreshment fit inside, and the insulation also means the growler will never sweat or perspire; excellent for job interviews.
Home By on Nov 27, 2013
This Handmade Ceramic Growler ($63) from Kaufmann Mercantile is the kinda beer holder that’s worthy of your favorite adult beverage. Very classy. Capable of holding 32 ounces of refreshment, the wide mouth ceramic flip top features a rubber gasket to seal in the oh-so-vital carbonation. The thick cast protects the beer from the elements, and each growler is glazed, fired and inspected for quality in Portland, Oregon. We imagine if the growler could speak, it’d say something like “No Mich Ultra, please.”
Home By on Nov 26, 2013
We all know what food items are on the Thanksgiving menu every year, but the beverages? That’s one area where the host has some freedom. This year, treat the family to homemade beer courtesy this Handcrafted HopBox Brewing Kit ($139). It doesn’t take up too much room, it looks gorgeous with those blue bottles, and it provides you with everything you need to take the holiday table by storm, including 25 recipes.
Home By on Nov 25, 2013
If you thought the foamy head on a beer was an unfortunate side effect of a poorly poured brew, the makers of the Sonic Foamer ($40) have a little lesson for you. With one press of the button, this device quickly bubble-charges your beer, which apparently improves the flavor of it thanks to the aromatic bubbles popping up into your nose. You’ll need six AA batteries and two teaspoons of water on the Sonic Foamer’s tray, then just put your glass on top and watch the show. Oh, you’ll also need beer, but you probably have that.
Home By on Nov 11, 2013
Could making gin be your new hobby? Well it beats crocheting, stamp collecting, and taxidermy, but let’s examine this further. Gintry & Co.’s handcrafted gin pack ($45) gives you everything you need to create your batch gin. You get a 2o oz. tin containing Gintry’s secret blend of organic herbs and spices; 4″ stainless steel funnel with stainless steel filter insert; 12″ x 12″ grade 960 unbleached cheesecloth; 750 ml American-made classic gin bottle; labels; instructions and more. And ‘bootlegger’ doesn’t crush ‘gamer’ when you’re asked about your hobbies, no?