Capsules make coffee simple. And now cocktails as well with the Bartesian Cocktail Machine. Using Bartesian is as easy as a Keurig: preload the four glass reservoirs with basic spirits — vodka, rum, tequila, and gin — then insert a capsule, choose alcoholic strength, and press a button. All the other ingredients, including bitters and real juices (devoid of high-fructose corn syrup) are contained within the capsule, making delicious, intricate cocktails that would otherwise require stocking dozens of ingredients. The cocktail menu at launch includes margaritas, sex on the beach, cosmopolitain, as well as three signature cocktails, with more on the way.
Find it at Kickstarter – $300
Whether you crave ice cold draft beer at home or on the road, Hank the Beer Tank is your man. Hank is half the size of typical kegerators and accommodates standard 1/6 bbl kegs or 5 gallon homebrew kegs, keeping them at a precisely set temperature as low as 0°F using your car’s cigarette lighter output, a standard AC wall socket, or just a big battery. A CO2 regulator also force pressurizes your beer to keep it fresh for weeks, and a draft tower pours beer the way you like it: using an oversized handle and spout.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $700
It won’t offer quite the same kick as Walter White’s signature product, but Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka may be just as addictive. Blue Ice Vodka is made in Idaho, following a patented five-stage filtration process that results in one of the purest spirits around, and is then packaged in a limited edition Breaking Bad-themed bottle complete with a graphic silhouette of the man himself as well as one of three infamous quotes. Nothing beats rewatching the show while sipping on a vodka cocktail and downing copious amounts of blue crystal candy.
Learn more at Blue Ice Vodka – $27
Simple and stunningly gorgeous on its own or with a case, the Swig Naked Hip Flask is made of a single seamless piece of stainless steel to eliminate any chance of leakage. The flask holds up to 170ml (5.75 fluid ounces) of your preferred libation and boasts a flat base so it can actually stand up straight. Get it in a polished mirror finish with optional engraving.
Learn more at Swig Flasks – roughly $64 [via]
For the untrained, crafting the perfect cocktail is as simple as following a detailed recipe, but bold experimentation often leads to unpalatable results. The Panch Cocktail Key acts as a blueprint to simplify drink creation, featuring demarkations as well as a detachable cup that suggest ratios of the sweet, sour, strong, weak, and spice components of your beverage for an overall balanced flavor. Panch comes in three colors and includes a straightforward cocktail guide that follows the same principles to help you quickly mix up delicious drinks.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $25
Customizing your beer just got a hell of a lot easier with Hop Theory’s Beer Enhancing Sachets. Packed within soilon woven mesh filter sachets are various premium ingredients that include cascade hops, orange peel, and coriander seeds. Drop one in your beer for a couple of minutes to add some sweetness, a tangy bitterness, and a bit of a citrus flavor, at an additional cost of a paltry 5 calories. And since each sachet infuses up to four beers they won’t go straight to the trash or compost bin after imparting one pint with a bit more taste.
Find it at Kickstarter – $15
The makers of the touted VSSL Supplies are back with the VSSL Flask Light, another multifunctional tool that’s this time slightly more geared towards emergencies related to your state of sobriety. Each Flask Light boasts a dual-mode LED flood beam lantern that’s powered by three E90 batteries, a 300ml flask extruded from food grade stainless steel, a compartment with 2 collapsible stainless steel shot glasses plus a bottle opener, and an oil filled compass on the end. They also come in either matte green or polished steel and are more discreet than typical flasks, minus the bit about “Flask” being written across its side.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $55
Anyone with a true love for their craft knows what it’s like to find themselves stressed and overworked by their own accord. Sometimes we could all use a little reminder to kick back and take a breather. And that’s what New Belgium’s Slow Ride IPA is all about. Eight intermingling varieties of hops, most notably Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, come together in this fruity pale ale that’s complemented by an aroma of peach, lime, melon, and citrus fruits. The taste boasts a similar fruit-based sweetness that’s balanced out by the slight bitterness imparted by the hops and 4.5% alcohol content. While it’s a light bodied beer and goes down easy with a crisp, dry finish, you’ll most likely want to take this one slow and fully enjoy it with a few buddies. Ideally on some sort of couch, perhaps even one equipped with wheels and piloted by an unlicensed therapist (see the video after the jump if you’re curious).
Learn more at New Belgium – $10 or so for a 6 pack
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Les Ateliers Hervé’s The Bottle Holder is not the first bike-centric bottle carrier to grace these pages, but it’s undoubtedly the most stunning. The Bottle Holder is handmade and based around two wooden disks wrapped in stitched leather. Slip in a bottle of wine, close it up, then strap it to your bike on the handlebar or parallel along its top tube. It also carries perfectly well by hand thanks to the built-in handle, making it the to-go wine carrier of choice.
Pledge at Kickstarter – roughly $75
Need to have cold, fresh beer on tap, and lots of it? Then it’s hard to top DrinkTanks Juggernaut Growler. The Juggernaut is equipped with a massive 128 ounce (1 gallon) capacity, double walled vacuum insulated stainless steel walls that keep its contents cold for up to 24 hours, and an oversized, overbuilt polymer handle. It’s also compatible with DrinkTanks’ Kegulator CO2 auto-regulator which easily dispenses your beverage while keeping it fresh and carbonated. It can also force carbonate small batches of craft beer using standard CO2 cartridges and boasts a psi gauge for precision, altogether sparing you the need to bottle condition.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $70+