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
If you’re still using that tacky foam koozie you picked up at a souvenir shop, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Yeti’s Rambler Colster steps it up with a double-walled vacuum insulated build that keeps your drink inside as cold as it started for hours, letting you enjoy every sip should you decide to take it slow. Its insulation also guarantees to keep its exterior sweat-free, and a Thermolock screw-on gasket locks your can inside all while minimizing contact with ambient air — though it’s also compatible with glass beer bottles.
Arriving in March. Learn more at Yeti – $30 [via]
With a flourishing craft beer scene and the city with the most breweries in the world, it only makes sense that North Drinkware’s first product — the Oregon pint glass — be named after the state. This handmade, custom-blown glass holds a pint of beer and boasts a detailed model of Mt. Hood in its base, made using United States Geological Survey data. Fittingly, they’re made from start to finish in Portland by a local glass blowing studio and optionally include gorgeous laser etched birch coasters with topographic data of the mountain to match.
Hit up Kickstarter to pledge – $35
Whether you’re bringing wine to or from your destination, packing bottles in alongside your clothing is a bad idea, especially considering the manhandling they’ll undoubtedly be submitted to by baggage handlers. Instead, treat your vino with the respect it deserves and carry it in a WineCruzer. Available in sizes accommodating 2 to 24 bottles, each WineCruzer is based around a nigh indestructible hard shell case that’s fitted with a thermally insulating closed cell foam interior to dampen shocks and vibrations, all around water and airtight seals, plus wheels and telescoping handles on most models carrying upwards of 4 bottles. They also come with an unconditional lifetime warranty, so let the baggage handlers do their worst.
Learn more at WineCruzer – $155 to $495 [via]