If you were wondering what the holiday season in Texas tastes like, look no further than Shiner Holiday Cheer ($9) from Spoetzl Brewing. It might not stand out amongst the sea of holiday themed brews lining your bottle shop shelves, but it's an underrated gem worthy of your attention. In the same way that the holidays are a little different in the Lone Star State, Holiday Cheer is a little different than most beer released during the season. It's a Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans, providing some sweetness along with a subtle, nutty finish. A great way to break up the monotony of typical Christmas beers and enjoy a taste of Texas.
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How could we not write about a drinking vessel that so obviously looks just like the Uncrate site? The Rogue Territory x Robert Siegel Tumbler ($32) features a tasteful, yet understated black and white color scheme, just like yours truly. Hand-crafted by artisans in downtown Los Angeles, each tumbler is completely one-of-a-kind, individually wrapped, hand stamped, and dipped in matte black glaze. They are three inches tall and three inches in diameter, making them perfect for sipping your favorite beverage. They are dishwasher and microwave safe, so you don't have to worry about messing up your new favorite cup — or its beautiful design.
Chris and Cliff Paul were born to assist, so it's no surprise that their clothes are worn to assist. Check out a few argyle items from their closet and create your own custom argyle CP3's for your next stylish assist.
Jordan CP3 iD with Argyle ($170). Nike Outdoor Tech Hero Full-Zip ($85). Jordan Gameday Crew Socks ($14). Nike Elite Stripe Shorts ($45). Two Tone Argyle Muffler ($10). Warby Parker Chamberlain Glasses ($95). Nike+ Sportwatch GPS ($169). Nike+ Fuelband SE ($149). Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Dri-Fit Max Compression Pant ($60).
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There are plenty of ways to keep warm on a chilly night of camping, but the Alite S.H. Sleeping Bag ($120) — even though it's rated to 20 degrees fahrenheit — was made with one particular method in mind. Designed to allow the sleeper to easily zip one or more bags together, these bags were made for you to have sex in (we'll just let you guess what the S.H. signifies). But, that's not all they're good for. In addition to the zippers on either side, these bags also feature a center crotch zipper, padded feet, and built-in fleece slippers so you can open them up at the legs and walk around while wearing them. Arm holes let you free your appendages up for a wide range of motion, while a drawstring hood lets you cinch things down tight.
If you own an iPad, you also own a fully-functioning 3D scanner — provided you buy yourself a Structure Sensor ($380). This little device comes with a bracket made to fit on the back of your iPad, right on top of the built-in camera. It connects to your iPad using a Lightning cable, and can alternatively connect to just about any other device with a USB cable. Using the sensor and your iPad, you can measure the three-dimensional space in any room, automatically capture three-dimensional models of everyday objects, and even simulate physics on top of the real world. If you're hacking inclined, you can use their SDK to develop iOS apps for it, or even take it a step further by connecting it to other devices.
Sous-vide cooking — a method that uses carefully-regulated water at a low temperature to cook meat and vegetables sealed in an airtight bag — is a great way of evenly cooking food while keeping it juicy and tender. But previously the equipment needed for sous-vide cooking was prohibitively expensive, keeping it pretty much exclusively in professional kitchens. With the Sansaire Sous Vide Circulator ($200) you get all the advantages of sous-vide, without all the cost. This small, portable cooker lets you immerse it in any vessel, easily set the temperature, and leave it to work its magic.
There's nothing better for whatever project you have going than the right tools, but when they start to lose their edge, they become little more than an expensive paperweight. Keep a razor's edge on all of your blades with the Work Sharp Ken Onion Knife & Tool Sharpener ($150). An adjustable sharpening guide lets you produce consistent results time after time without any set up or calibration. A variable-speed motor and a multi-position module lets you sharpen all different types of blades, from a variety of angles. Whether you need to sharpen scissors, knives, or otherwise, there's nothing you can't sharpen with this versatile tool.
Whiskey collectors and connoisseurs are constantly hunting for the tastiest and rarest bottles around. Some bottles carry a hefty price tag, while others are just difficult to find. The latter is the case with Willett Family Estate Rye Whiskey ($35) which isn't outside of most price ranges, but not much is made and it's tough to track down. Every bottle contains a hand marked age statement and barrel number, but the amount of each batch rarely exceeds 200 bottles. Despite the 110 proof, it's an easy sipper, with a classic rye mintiness and a clean, crisp finish. Add it to your Whiskey Envy list.
Never be stuck without a fire with Tinder On A Rope ($8). Made with all natural, high resin content Pino de Ocote fatwood pine, this stick measures roughly six inches long by one inch square, and promises to supply an extremely hot flame, with the ability to light even when wet. Simply scrape off enough to get your fire going, and keep the rest for the next time you need it — an action which is made easier thanks to the attached lanyard. If only all "On A Rope" products were this useful.
Underneath the skin the 2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition ($TBA) is still the same old SRT Viper GTS — but don't get it wrong, we're not complaining — you'd never catch us whining about a naturally-aspirated all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 rated at 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. No, what really makes it special are the unique aesthetic details given to this edition (limited to just 50 units). They've been dressed in a never-before-seen metallic matte color unique to this all-American supercar. The Viper also gets orange-painted brake calipers, carbon fiber accents inside and out, orange interior details, and Nappa leather and Alcantara seats.
Just because there's a nip in the air, doesn't make a bowl of ice-cream any bit less delicious. So the next time you enjoy a few scoops, serve it in style with the Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop ($39). This ice-cream scoop is not only designed to be a beautiful object worthy of passing down through the generations — available in jet black, gun-metal gray, matte silver, or chrome — it's also built with ergonomics in mind, letting you comfortably use it each time. It features an angled head and a spade-shaped leading edge, so it's perfectly designed to scoop ice-cream with very little effort.