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Cold and Calculating

Summit Appliance Beer Frosters

The purpose of a Beer Froster ($550+) should be self-evident. What may not be so obvious is how it’s different from a standard freezer. Anyone who has ever attempted to cool down some brews quickly in the freezer and then forgot about it has learned that the consequences of combining beer with freezing temperatures can...

Fine Wining

Code38 Stealth Wine Knife

The Code38 Stealth Wine Knife ($410) is the type of thing you’d expect to learn about from tales of King Arthur pulling it out of a lake, or by catching a movie with Harrison Ford fleeing a cave with the Stealth in hand. It’s designer, Jeffrey Toering, cut his teeth as an instrument fitter in...

The one pyramid scheme we'll back

Fridge Monkey

The only connection the Fridge Monkey ($7) has with primates is that it’s rather skilled at organizing our favorite beverages. Measuring 9 3/4″ x 4″, this glorified rubber matt is good for holding 10 cans or beer bottles, or up to five wine bottles perfectly in place thanks to some purposeful ridges. Translation: it’s a...

Bring the bar to you

Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar

Think of the Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar ($11,300) as a graduate degree in outdoor drinking. The mobile party center features an integrated kegerator, 8kg of ice storage, and customizable tops for adding everything from a gas-powered grill to extra serving areas. Thanks its four sturdy wheels and a specially designed refrigeration system, there’s also...

Now you see it, now you don't

Mirage Wine Rack

The Mirage Wine Rack ($45) is another ingenious project born from the social product development community Quirky. Its key point of differentiation involves a clever extendable rack system that holds between one and eight bottles of your favorite vintage. That may sound over-engineered for vino, but it helps avoid the pitiful impressions standard racks give...

Double or Nothing

The Highland & Island Malt Whisky Stack

We love our single malt whisky. So when we came across the Highland & Island Malt Stack ($115) from the Scottish “liquid deli” Demijohn, pinching — nay punching — was required to ensure we were still among the living. The top bottle contains a relatively unknown 12 year old Linkwood Single Malt from Elgin, that’s...

Tapered for your pleasure

Glencairn Crystal Whisky Glasses

Graduating from Jack and Coke to single malt Scotch whisky is a positive step on the path towards booze enlightenment. But drinking it out of plastic tumblers and commemorative Superbowl glasses equates to painting a Ferrari hot pink. Put bluntly, if you’re going to shell out for the good stuff, acquire appropriate glassware like Glencairn...

Le Corbusier would be proud

Line Bar

When Design Within Reach asked Singaporean designer Nathan Yong to expand upon his already successful media console he returned with another man-essential, a home bar. The Line Bar ($2,995) has devestatingly handsome mid-century looks enhanced by a healthy dose of functionality. It is a bar after all. Two drawers with leather pulls, 12 bottle storage...

Shaking Up the Vodka Pack

Eristoff Premium Vodka

Eristoff’s roots are in Georgia; that’s the former Soviet Union satellite, not the birthplace of MLK Jr. and Cee Lo Green. It was created by Georgian royalty back in 1806 when times were tough, and since the country is known for its wolf population, the spirit inherited the mascot. We bring up this little Discovery...

For the Ultimate Bakgård Party

Viking Refreshment Station

The Viking Refreshment Station ($3,600) is to beverages and appetizers as Nimitz-class super carriers are to F-14 Tomcats. In the beverage department, its cold water sink performs double duty either as a, sink or cold water bottle bath that’s capable of holding two cases of drinks and can be plugged in to stay frosty. If...

Deadly, but not silent

Ninja Professional Blender

The Ninja Professional Blender ($95) doesn’t get credit in our book for being the first product to bring Ninjutsu into the kitchen — that honor stays with our trusty Ninjabread men. Still, its unique six blade technology and 1000 watts of power are quite deadly to anything you feed it. That’s because, unlike typical blenders...

Have shaker, will travel

Moore & Giles Meehan Utility Bag & Bar Rollup

Hitmen may carry their “equipment” in stainless steel brief cases filled with foam padding or possibly a fake crutch depending on the job. Construction workers have tool belts and trucks. Professional Wrestlers have tight-fitting spandex outfits with a few spare syringes and bandannas, just in case. The point is, every trade gets their gear to...

Win(sn)o(w)

Ski Wine Rack

An excellent glass of wine after a long day of skiing is often just what the doctor ordered, particularly when your quads start to remind you how long you’ve been off the slopes. This Ski Rack Wine ($700) could be symbolic of that partnership, or just clever decoration for a chalet. In either case it’s...

Caribbean in a Bottle

Tasting Notes: Appleton Estate Reserve Rum

It’s a commonly known fact that the months between New Years and Spring are dreary and depressing, especially for those of us on the East Coast. Being strong believers in self medication taking action, Gear Patrol set out to find a stiff drink to bust our winter blues, and came back with the Appleton Estate...

A Comeback 300 Years in the Making

Nolet Silver Gin

Nolet Silver Gin ($50) is a new brand of gin from a family that’s been making the spirit since 1691. Ironically, the Nolet distillery is more widely known today for its contribution to the world of vodka. That’s because 10th generation Carolus J.J. Nolet got the idea to break with tradition and make the Russian...

Drinking Like You Mean Business

ShotShell AmmoCrate

Face it, sometimes getting wasted with friends can take place under adverse conditions. When you’re doing tequila shots behind enemy lines, cheesy glass shot glasses you picked up in Cabo aren’t going to survive long. Time to call in the heavy artillery with the ShotShell AmmoCrate ($400. Six super-durable stainless steel shot glasses made to...

They Say a Person Just Needs Three Things to Be Happy

The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection

The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection is composed of three unique beers that share a common background of aging in oak barrels that originally did time storing brandy in a previous life. Outside of that common ground though, the American Kriek, New World Tripel, and Stony Brook Red brews are each distinct specialty beers. The...

Drink and Be (Very) Merry

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership

We love scotch, and if you or someone you know is of a similar mindset, then an annual membership to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society ($200) is about as good as it gets.

Making the Best From a Bad Situation

Glennfiddich Snow Phoenix Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Attaching something like “Snow Phoenix” to the name of an otherwise perfectly good bottle of single malt might lead many to think the master distillers have been reading a bit too much Harry Potter after work. The truth is, this special run is actually the result of disaster caused by record snowfall back in January...

Make Every Bottle A Screw Top

Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Screwdriver

In case you’re looking for an excuse to own yet another electric screwdriver look no further than the Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver ($60). The driver includes an exclusive corkscrew attachment to make bottle popping a snap and even ships with a wooden box to fit in with the barback crowd. Of course, that...

Banzai!

Sake Bomb Set

Change up the tired sake bomb drinking routine with some good design. The cleverly designed Sake Bomb Set ($98) is hand crafted in Los Angeles using traditional kilns and sold in 4 different colors with a glazed finish. Besides the obvious visual pun, each of the shot-sized drinking cups can perch on the bomb’s spines...

If Swiss Army Made a Wine Product...

Nuance Wine Finer

Normally we’re not the type to encourage a lack of bar accessories, but in the case of the Nuance Wine Finer ($30) we’ll make an exception. That’s because it combines the functions of an aerator, filter, no-drip serving pourer, and stopper into one convenient wine accessory. That means using it should translate into less digging...

Time flies when you’re having Rum

The Kraken Rum

“A rum to put a beast in your belly”, The Kraken has washed onto the market and is bringing out the inner pirate in us all. An alternative from name brand rums, the Kraken ($20) provides a flavor that’s richer and stronger than the captain, and weighs in at a hefty 94 proof. Caramel sugars...

Bring on the Photo Hunt

MegaTouch Aurora GT

How many countless quarters have you piled into your local bar’s MegaTouch trying to get one more level further on Photo Hunt? Probably enough to buy your fair share of beers. Well, bring the good times (and frustration) home without the quarters with a home edition of MegaTouch, the MegaTouch Aurora ($3,995). The widescreen bar...

Corona's Best Friend

Citrusaw

Fall may officially be here, but that doesn’t mean we’re all trying to squeeze the most out of the last few weeks of warm weather, and there is no better way to do it than with a lime-topped cerveza. Good thing you won’t need to over pack for the barbeque – just toss a Citrusaw...

Draught Beer Made Easy

EdgeStar Mini Kegerator

Draught beer is the ultimate party beverage. But let’s face it, unless you’ve got fraternity pledges to do the heavy lifting, kegs are an enormous pain. Mini kegs are the tiny answer to this problem, but dispensing these bad boys properly can seem as troublesome as dealing with a whole keg. That’s where EdgeStar ($160)...

Giving Back Never Went Down So Smooth

Abita Brewery SOS Charity Pilsner

Though the eventual consequences of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill are still being determined, the damage done to the seafood industry along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana is a very present and tangible reality. Families which have fished and shrimped in the murky waters off the Mississippi delta for generations are facing an end...

Because Prohibition Sucked

21st Amendment Brewery Beer

San Francisco residents may be already intimately familiar with 21st Amendment Brewery located in the city’s historic South Park neighborhood, just a few blocks away from the Giants’ home turf. For the uninitiated however, one of the best things about this company (besides its product) is its founding story. Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan were...

Not Meant to be Consumed Down on One Knee

Smirnoff Red x Vitalic Limited Edition

Smirnoff for better or worse is currently dealing with the PR debacle/drinking game phenomenon known affectionately as Bros icing Bros. When they aren’t fielding questions from the NY Times about “Whose ‘Icing’ Whom?” though, the brand appears to be steaming ahead promoting their reputation as an affordable, award-winning vodka. This triple distilled potion was created...

Class Up Your Brews

Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Set

We know how attached you are to your koozies and bottles, but every once a while it’s nice to class up your beer drinking experience at home. Rather than hunt high and low though for the perfect glass sets for a variety of brew styles, Spiegelau makes things easy with this beer connoisseur set ($49)....

What's the Shiny Exterior Hiding?

Fenom Modern Absinthe

Absinthe has a reputation for many things. Some of them are accurate and justified, others are bogus. Fenom certainly hopes to capitalize one way or the other on the allure of this infamous mind altering substance with their so-called “Modern Absinthe”. Brought to our attention by Liqurious, it’s described by the company as the first...

An Iconic Bottle Meets an Iconic Director

Absolut Brooklyn Limited Edition Vodka

As a tribute to one of the city’s most renowned boroughs and film makers, ABSOLUT has put out a limited edition flavor known as ABSOLUT Brooklyn. Developed in conjunction with Spike Lee, the bottle’s unique cover pays homage to the stoop where the director grew up, as well as the borough’s pace of life where...

Think of it Like the Prelude to Your Future 20,000 Bottle Cellar

West Elm Wine Bar

Aspiring wine connoisseurs short on space should make room for West Elm’s Wine Bar ($500). That’s because this nook worthy cabinet integrates a 12 bottle wine rack, and 2 compartments for wineglasses or serving tools into a 30″w x 18″d x 39.25″h package. It even features a removable serving tray should you need to bring...

Expatriated Rum

Dos Maderas PX Rum

Forming a rock solid definition of what actually constitutes something as “rum” has always been tough. While stalwart liquor snobs use this as an excuse to downplay the importance of Jack Sparrow’s preferred libation, one benefit of loose rules is the inspiration of boundary pushing. Dos Maderas PX proves this point nicely. Most rums mature...

This Scottish Brew Lays Waste to Your Senses

Tactical Nuclear Penguin Beer

15 times stronger than some domestic brews (we’re looking at you Bud Select 55), Tactical Nuclear Penguin and its brew-ther Sink the Bismark IPA* set the world records for the strongest beers on earth at a tolerance destroying 32% and 41% ABV, respectively. Martin and James, the lads at Scotland’s BrewDog Brewery, fed up with...

No More Messy Counter Tops

Hamilton Beach Wavestation Express Dispensing Blender

Though it may not have the power to blend an iPhone, this 500 Watt Wavestation Express Dispensing Blender from Hamilton Beach ($20) does have one distinct advantage for those fond of protein shakes or margaritas. Instead of having to remove the top and pour, simply use the spigot to drain whatever you’re blending into a...

Appealing to Geek Drinkers Everywhere

Medea Vodka

Companies like Procter & Gamble have known for years that distinct packaging can make or break a product’s success on the shelf. Alcohol makers certainly aren’t newbies in this game either, but the creators of Medea Vodka appear to be hell bent on upping the industry’s game. That’s because each bottle includes an integrated LED...

How Recycling & Little Work Become A Man Cave Must

Keg Stools

To your better half, owning a Keg Stool ($99) may represent the antithesis of classy living, but in our opinion these custom beer keg conversions still have man cave written all over them. Sold as DIY kits, each package includes a stool top, foot rest, and all the necessary installation hardware to transform an empty...

And You Thought Wisconsin Only Made Cheese

Death’s Door Gin

Typically when the word island comes up in the same sentence as Gin, most people immediately prepare for some stogy tale of a famous English Dry Gin house, and its long standing cultural significance to our juniper guzzling, eating-baked-beans-with-their-eggs cohorts from across the pond. The story of Death’s Door Gin however is actually nothing of...

A Long Way from Salting Your Hand

El Jimador New Mix Tequila Cocktails

The industrial-booze complex otherwise known as the world’s liquor industry will forever be in a bit of a bind. The trouble is there’s only so many types of alcohol that exist on this earth, and no amount of aging, packaging, or flavor infusions, can change that fact. Still, the Casa Herradura Tequila brand isn’t calling...

This Crowd-Pleasing Koozie Keeps Your Drinks Quite Cozy

Six Pack Tote by Built NY

In case you haven’t heard, neoprene is not just for wetsuits anymore. The soft, stretchy material has a variety of uses thanks to its bevy of benefit and it would seem that the folks at Built NY have mastered them all. They design and sell totes to, well, tote just about anything, all in a...

Don't Get Your Hopes Up, It's Not Infused

Yeyo Tequila

Tequila fans take note. Yeyo is a new straight up silver brand made of 100% blue agave grown in Jalisco, Mexico. These plants are cooked in a brick Agave cooker as opposed to aluminum to extract a more natural flavor from the 24 hour process. The firm’s press materials even highlight that classical music is...

Giving Longnecks a Second Chance

Recycled Beer Bottle Glasses

There are many ways to think about recycling. Etsy seller and glass blower Nick Paul prefers to think of the concept as a way to extend the life of one of man’s best friends – the classic beer bottle. After cleaning old beer bottles, Nick heats the used bottles in an annealing oven at 1100...

Give Your Libations a Proper Home

Markham Console Bar

For the man who seeks to exude class and refinement, the storage and application of one’s stash of imbibers can be a make-or-break factor. That is to say, rummaging through a kitchen cabinet or reaching atop the fridge to access your well-cultivated spirits selection simply won’t do. Though procuring one requires a decent chunk of...