It can be hard to remember all the nuances of the beers we drink — which is why they make the Moleskine Beer Journal ($20). Featuring the same black cover the company is known for, this specialty book offers 240 pre-formatted pages in which you can record tasting notes, log your homebrewing efforts, save recipes, and jot down details of your favorite brew-slinging haunts. Five themed sections, five blank tabbed sections, and 202 adhesive labels help you keep track of everything, while the embossing on the cover lets you tell it apart from your other notebooks.
Interested in trying out the aged cocktail craze for yourself? You don't need to travel to a fancy cocktail bar — although that's not a bad idea. You can do it yourself at home with the Barrel Aged Cocktail Kit ($13). This kit includes a 375ml bottle, instructions, and a honeycomb stave from one of four barrels to give your drink that distinctive oak flavor.
Complete your baseball-themed home bar with a Game-Used Base Bar Stool ($950). Each of these one-of-a-kind barstools features a seat that's an actual, game-used MLB base from the team of your choice. The base — complete with verification hologram and field anchor — sits atop a body crafted from hand-wrought industrial steel, and can be easily removed for closer inspection/impromptu wiffle ball games.
You know what they say: guys with big hands.... And there's no more clever way to make your hand look huge than by hiding your cold one in The Beast Koozie ($24). Made of foam, this oversized, muscular faux hand will keep your beer cold and make that guy giving you the evil eye from across room think twice about starting beef with a guy that has hands like the Hulk.
Being able to run to the nearest bar and have your growler filled with fresh beer is great. Trying to strap it down for the trip back? Not so much. Growler On Board ($30) is designed for just this purpose, holding up to three 1/2 gallon or 2L growlers in place in a seat, in your trunk, or on the floor. In addition, its low density foam construction means it also offers a bit of insulation, which is great for when you want a drink as soon as you get home. [Scouted by Sam]
Don't water your drink down with ice or keep your party focused around a ridiculous ice luge — if you want to serve you and your guests the coldest booze imaginable, grab yourself an Ice Jacket ($35). Made from polypropylene, the Jacket consists of a base/grip that fits on the end of most standard liquor bottles and a sleeve that wraps around the upper portion. Lock the sleeve into place, fill it with water, and stick it in the freezer for 7-8 hours, and you're bottle will be coated in a thick coating of ice that will keep it cold for hours.
Never fear the soggy cardboard six-pack again. The 6 Packer ($30) is a hard, more sturdy replacement, constructed from 3/16" laser-cut plywood and assembled — by you — with 1/2" screws and nuts. Once you've got it put together, it should hold longnecks, stubby bottles, and everything in between without ever blowing out.
Give your next bottle of suds the Mexican wrestling treatment with one of these Luchador Bottle Openers ($13). Designed by Andres lhima, they come in either blue, red, or black, are made from a stainless steel and ABS with a rubberized coating, and apply one of three lock holds to your bottle for opening. The only bummer? The color and design is random and chosen at shipping, so you might find yourself going through several returns before snagging a particular model.
Carry your favorite local brew home in a vessel as individual as you with one of these Custom Handmade Growlers ($65 and up). Made entirely by hand in Montana from American sourced materials, these ceramic growlers are totally and completely customizable, letting you dream up pretty much anything you want and see it turned into a reality. Just go easy on the gore, lest you find yourself less than enticed the next time you want a pint.
Anyone who's boozed in a high-class bar of late likely knows the wonderfulness of infused spirits — but the massive jugs most places use to create them aren't exactly home-sized or decor-friendly. Enter The Porthole ($95). Originally created by Crucial Design for use in Chicago's amazing Aviary, this equally genius and gorgeous vessel allows you to create 390ml of infused liquid — cocktails, oils, teas, or anything else you can thing of — while using the ingredients to create a kind of edible art that's perfect for display in your kitchen, on your dining room table, or, yes, on your home bar. [Scouted by Jeremy]
Go animal-style on your next bottle of fine lager with the Beer Claw ($10 and up). Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, this feisty open is available in Mini, normal, Lite, and Elite versions, with a gunmetal or natural finish, a hole for attaching to a keyring, and, if you spring for the $40 version, Cocobolo hardwood grips.
Like a booze-oriented Swiss Army knife, the Bar10der ($50) packs all your drink-making essentials into a single tool. Swing out the arms of the Bar10der and you'll find a bottle opener, corkscrew, channel knife, jigger, muddler, reamer, standard knife, stirrer, and strainer, most of which are made from stainless steel and are therefore tough enough to handle years of mixology abuse. [via]