Sure, the DraughtKeg is handy, but it's also a little messy, and takes up quite a bit of room in the fridge. The BeerTender ($135) solves these problems by serving as a standalone beer-serving machine, made especially for the 5L DraughtKeg. Co-developed by Krups and Heineken, the BeerTender features integrated refrigeration to keep your beer at the ideal temperature of 37.4º F, and the built-in display lets you know when it's time to refill. Plus, with its advanced pressure system, you'll get the perfect pour every time.
Licking salt off the back of your hand is so uncivilized. So if you're planning on slamming some shots of tequila at your next adult gathering, consider serving them in these Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses ($30/Set of 4) instead. Made from high-quality, food-grade Himalayan pink salt, they look more like rose quartz than something you'd sit on the dinner table, and impart a nuanced saltiness to every drink. Even better, they require little maintenance, and should last for long after you've finished the bottle.
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.
In one of the greater collaborations in recent memory, legendary scotch makers The Macallan have joined teams with sunglass-makers Oakley, and the result is one hardcore flask. Indeed, the The Macallan x Oakley Flask (£600; roughly $900) draws upon the latter's experience in creating high-end metal objects, with a dark design that brings together food-grade steel, carbon fiber, and aerospace-grade aluminum. Features include a rubberized bottom to keep it from sliding around, a double-sprung cap, and a machined aluminum funnel that threads into the mouthpiece and sports a small air vent on the side. Sure, it's expensive, but so is 25-year-old Macallan.
Different kinds of wine get different glasses, so why shouldn't different kinds of beer? The Spiegelau IPA Glass ($20/2-pack) is the first glass designed specifically for drinking India Pale Ales. This new glass was developed in collaboration with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, resulting in a vessel that promotes a full head while maintaining an opening that helps to highlight the hoppy aromas of this popular brew.
Replace your boring, plain ice cubes and add a touch of morbid flair to your next drinking session with this Skull Ice Cube Mold ($12). Made of plastic, you simply fill the mold with water, freeze it, and open to remove the cube, which is a lot more multi-faceted/artsy than it is realistic/gross. Which is a good thing, unless you're looking to creep out some Halloween guests later this year.
Put an attractive new spin on your cocktail hour with the Eva Trio Martini Glass ($35). This mouth-blown glass was designed and made in Denmark, and holds 6 ounces of booze. But the real draw is its unique shape — it features a 14-degree angled rim which gives it a distintive look and is said to "enhance the experience of drinking martinis." And maybe it does — but we're thinking it might also help us keep from sloshing stuff out as we're making the rounds at our next party.
Let's face it: slamming shots of tequila isn't exactly the classiest of moves. But you can add a bit of respectability back to the proceedings with the Tequila Buffet ($90). It's handmade from wormy chestnut salvaged from Appalachian barns and homes, and features a depression cut to fit a pint of Patron, four depressions to hold the included shot glasses, a cutting board, an included paring knife, salt bowls, and dedicated notches to keep your limes from rolling away. All you need is tequila, a few limes, and some time to kill.