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+
Pax Labs’ original Pax is the gold standard when it comes to portable vaporizers, but it’s about to be ousted by — unsurprisingly — the Pax 2. This new iteration upgrades the device with a deeper oven, intelligent cooling and heating for up to 30% longer battery life, and a lip-sensing mouthpiece that boosts heating when you’re about to draw to optimize vapor production. It’s also got an entirely medical-grade vapor path and a clever magnetic oven lid. And comes wrapped up in an even smaller, slimmer anodized aluminum body than its predecessor.
Learn more at Pax – $280
If your first instincts, when searching for new additions to your home bar, are to judge products by the attractiveness of their bottles, at least Koval’s Dry Gin won’t have misled you. This small batch gin is based off the distillery’s award-winning white whiskey, adding a unique blend of woodland botanicals, including rose hip, juniper, coriander, and more through the entirely in-house process. The resulting 47% gin makes for a drink that’s complex enough to be enjoyable both straight or as part of a cocktail, and one that’s worthy of its gold foil embossed, laser-cut label.
Read more at Koval Distillery – $35
Every flask you purchase should be your last. Easier said than done, of course, but Slightly Alabama’s River Flask has a genuine shot of garnering that coveted spot in our chest or trouser pocket for eternity. With a holding capacity of 7 ounces, this flask can carry just enough hard stuff to take the edge off of a dry wedding or — in moderation — warm you and a couple of buddies on the slopes. It’s also wrapped in a handsome Horween leather case in one of five colors (Terra Cotta shown) that’s finished with edge burnishing, painting, and hand waxing.
Find it at Slightly Alabama – $75
More discreet than carrying a 6 pack by the box’s handle, Mountainsmith Cooler Tube provides a simple way to carry six cold ones in what appears to be a yoga mat case, complete with an adjustable shoulder sling. Its foam insulated walls keeps its contents nice and cold while a seam-sealed PEVA lining keeps can sweat (i.e. condensation) off your back.
Learn more at Mountainsmith – $25 [via]
Expand your horizons and learn to truly appreciate the complexity of Japan’s rice-brewed beverage with Sake Confidential: A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment. This 184 page handbook, penned by John Gauntner, the “Sake Guy” and the only non-Japanese certified Master of Sake Tasting, details the inner workings of the sake industry, the brewer’s art, and practical advice useful for selecting and enjoying a bottle for yourself. It’s also indexed with suggested brands, label photos, and packed with interesting anecdotes detailing the drink’s surrounding culture.
Grab a copy at Amazon – $10