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Layering down the party

LayerNation El Tirador Shot Dispenser

Having a product made by Dutch entrepreneurs that’s seemingly named by Spaniards makes almost no sense, but then again, what do you expect when dealing with a machine made explicitly to shock and amaze booze drinkers? The LayerNation El Tirador (Spanish for “the shooter”) is a drink dispenser whose power lies in its ability to…

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Booze without borders

Loll Designs Wallbanger Outdoor Bar

The Loll Designs Wallbanger is essentially an outdoor version of the Urbancase Emergency Cocktail Station we highlighted back in August of 2011 — sold for roughly half the price. Urbancase designer Darin Montgomery worked with the modern outdoor furniture manufacturer on the Wallbanger, named after the famous 1950′s mixed drink invented by Duke Antone, to…

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Craft Cocktails in Detroit

The craft cocktail movement has infiltrated America, with quality bars entrenched on both coasts and studding everywhere between. One of the latest to pop up is Detroit’s Sugar House, which opened in October and slings drinks comprised of artisanal spirits, fresh juices, fruits and herbs and house-made syrups. Ice wise, Sugar House bartenders hand-chip 300…

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Shot Class

The Bullet Cocktail Shaker by Metrokane

For some strange reason, bar tools have consistently remained the lone torch carrier for Art Deco styling, long after the movement’s influences faded from architecture, cars, and graphic design. The 18/8 stainless steel Bullet Cocktail Shaker by Metrokane ($20) epitomizes this trend better than most and should up the caliber of your next home soiree,…

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It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

Urbancase Emergency Cocktail Station

Given the latest headlines about the economy, a stiff cocktail is quickly becoming one of the only remaining bastions of calm we men can cling to. The Emergency Cocktail Station ($850) from Urbancase is a tongue and cheek interpretation on the role booze plays during these hard times that isn’t exactly priced for a recession….

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Serves You Right

Urbancase Sidebar

The Urbancase Sidebar ($3,100) is a proper workspace worthy of any aspiring mixologist. More than just a pretty face, the handcrafted walnut cabinet features a laterally sliding panel which hides adjacent compartments for liquor and glassware, providing some much needed personal space between your Macallan and that handle of Old Grand-Dad you swear was left…

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For winos on the go

Jet Bag Wine Pouch

Thanks to the airlines/TSA imposing a liquid lockdown, stowing your favorite vintage on flights takes serious cojones. So, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “does my checked luggage feel lucky, punk?” Using a Jetbag ($15, 3 pack) can make the proposition slightly less risky. Each re-sealable zip bag is padded with the same absorbent…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Recipes for a Classic American Spirit

Bourbon by Fred Thompson

You needn’t be an employee at Sterling Cooper to appreciate the value of a well-made American cocktail. For our money, bourbon is one of the best ways to get there from here. Happily, food writer and chef Fred Thompson agrees and has thus served up a definitive selection of recipes to utilize and improvise on…

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12 Bottle Storage in One Small Tower

Fuji Mahogany Finish 3 Layer Wine Rack

Today’s wine accessory pick joins our ongoing list of wine gear by being both incredibly affordable and particularly space conscious. Made from solid wood and coated in a Mahogany finish, this slim mini wine tower measures Overall: 9½”(W) x 9½”(D) x 28″(H) and has a max capacity of 12 bottle. A great choice for apartment…

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Hardware for Hard Alcohol

MetroKane VIP 7 Piece Bar Tool Set

Just because you want to prep the best possible cocktails at home doesn’t mean you have to mortgage the house for bar tools. Made of 18/8 stainless-steel in gleaming finish with handles wrapped in faux leather (for the look without the worry of water damage), the Metrokane VIP 7 piece bar tool set is both…

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We Raise A Parting Drink

Gourmet Magazine | Favorite Cocktails: 1941-2009

If you haven’t heard already, this week Condé Nast announced it would be shutting down several of its long standing magazine publications including one of this author’s admitted favorites, Gourmet Magazine. Though it saddens us to hear about such a venerable publication victim to financial pressures (we recognize digital publications like Gear Patrol have attributed…

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Digital Beverage Virtual Bartender

Bring on the drinks. The Virtual Bartender/MyFountain by Digital Beverages is literally a complete bartender in your home. You can forget having to buy, store, separate, cleaning or returning bottles and cans. The technology in this gadget of all gadgets is equipped with a smart ordering system built-in that will make sure you’re always stocked…

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Stratton Beer Mug

Undoubtedly you enjoy breaking into an ice cold beer no matter what the situation. After a long hot day, the taste is even that much better. Stop drinking that beer out of it’s bottle or can. Those are meant for when you’re out or on a patio, not in the comfort of your own pad….

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Ice Jacket

It’s no secret that the white alcohols are oft best served chilled. Vodka, Gin, all on the rocks. But what’s to say that they can’t be served ‘in’ the rocks? Enter the Ice Jacket. A device that keeps alco-bevs a chilly temp by encasing them in ice. It’s simple – Pick your drink and place…

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Visol VTR Leather / Stainless steel Bar Travel Set

Who doesn’t love a icy vodka tonic on the rocks after a hard day at the office. Or taking back a Modern Aviation one sip at a time with nothing more than a good book in your left hand and a drink in your right. Well, what’s worse than having neither when you’re on the…

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Ultimate Professional Drink Maker

Make delicious shaved ice drinks with our fully programmable Ultimate Professional Drink Maker. The secret is in the Revolution ™ Portion System, which counts how many times the agitator passes the shaver blade and then releases just the right amount of ice to mix and blend with the liquids. Create tasty tropical drinks year-round with…

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition Whisky

Here at Gear Patrol we enjoy a good scotch/whisky and among those one of our favorites is the acclaimed Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Well the ante on scotch has risen as Johnnie Walker has introduced the Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition. From the Press Release: Renowned distillers John Walker & Sons have…