It's always classier to show up with a bottle of wine draped in some vino-specific carrier than to brown bag it like the homeless guy down the street. The Built Origami Wine Tote ($25) lets you do exactly that, without needing to carry some bulky thing home. Thanks to its unique design, it collapses down flat after use and is secured by the handle, making it easy to shove into a bag for the ride home. Available in black or the obvious dep red "Bordeaux".
Even if you're not a drinker, this work of art will look great on the shelf. Crafted by award-winning designer Fred Bould, the helix-shaped Twist Cocktail Shaker ($145) features an integrated removable strainer, and is made of thermal-retentive Nambé metal that should be chilled before mixing drinks for optimal results.
Let's see... how do we like our beer? Cold? Fresh? Carbonated? The Drink Tanks Growler ($65 and up) is designed to ensure all three. Crafted from lightweight, doubled-walled stainless steel, it's designed with a cap and bale sealing system that keeps your brew fresh and cold. As for the latter part, it also plays nice with a $30 keg tap cap lid that locks in place of the standard lid, and offers a place to inject CO2, a release valve to prevent overfilling, and a tap hose that lets the whole thing serve as a portable keg. If that sounds familiar, it probably should — but just remember that your current growler probably isn't made to keep beer cold, so if that's something that you're searching for, this is certainly worth a look.
Tired of your growlers going flat before you have a chance to finish them? Well then drink faster! Just kidding — you should look into a TapIt Cap ($45). This clever new gadget fits over your growler's opening, ensuring that the beer in your growler stays fresh, carbonated, and ready to drink. Thanks to a slot that accepts standard-sized CO2 canisters and a built-in tap and tap handle, it turns your growler into a handheld keg and tap, perfect for barbecues, social gatherings, or anytime you want fresh, draught craft beer.
Liven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro ($500-$2,500) take care of your drinks. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you'd like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Prefer to keep things simple? $300 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot.