Brown glass growlers are the mainstay for taking home large volumes of craft beer, but they’re vulnerable to UV light, often have narrow necks, and sometimes bear imperfect seals. Orange Vessel’s Stoneware Growlers were specifically created to improve upon their design, hand poured in small batches in Central Ohio. They feature an ergonomically spaced carry loop for slipping in two fingers, a simple flip top closure that ensures a hermetic seal, and 100% opacity to protect your beer from the taste-altering effects of light. They also come in five handsome colors with or without gloss, including orange, black, and white.
Read more at Orange Vessel Co. – $60
Preserving wine is difficult since sealing a half finished bottle without extracting the air still results in rapid oxidation. The Savino Wine Saving Carafe prevents this in an ingenious way. Once open, pour your wine in the glass or plastic Savino and insert the float. Normal pouring is maintained, but when the carafe is placed upright the BPA-free plastic and silicone float seals off air contact with the wine, minimizing oxidation and prolonging the wine’s freshness for roughly one week in your fridge. It’s also dishwasher safe, includes a spill-safe lid, and works with most any kind of wine.
Get it in Connoisseur ($43, glass) or Enthusiast ($20, plastic) versions at Amazon [via]
Sure, it’s a bit more work than setting up a glass keg, but Final Touch’s Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit plugged into a watermelon is also far more eye-catching. Just slice the top and a bit of the bottom off of a watermelon, hollow it out, and install this shank and faucet combo to transform the fruit into a dispenser of your boozed-up summery creations. It also works with hollowed-out pumpkins.
Pick one up at Amazon – $27
Get your medical cannabis delivered straight to your door — at least if you live in the San Francisco or Los Angeles area — with Potbox, a monthly premium marijuana subscription club. Potbox’s curators start by taking your likes and dislikes, then working to select and send two different strains of ethically-grown medical weed right to you in the form of two fresh hand-rolled joints in wax-sealed vials and two corked glass containers packed with unground grass. Each strain is also accompanied by lab results detailing THC, CBD, and other chemical contents on top of background on the species and where it was grown, boosting transparency in an industry still too obscure.
Hit up Potbox for details – $150 per 10 gram batch
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