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 ($50) packs all your drink-making essentials into a single tool. Swing out the arms of the Bar10der and you'll find a bottle opener, corkscrew, channel knife, jigger, muddler, reamer, standard knife, stirrer, and strainer, most of which are made from stainless steel and are therefore tough enough to handle years of mixology abuse. [via]
Whether you own your own bar or are simply the frequent host of over-the-top beer bashes, the IntoxBox ($TBA) will ensure that no one leaves without at least knowing that they're well over the limit. This commercial breathalyzer lets your patrons — or guests — pay a small fee with cash or a credit card, then use a disposable, sanitary straw to blow into the screen to receive an accurate BAC result that's thankfully not printed or recorded. More than just a handy gadget, it's a potential life saver. [Scouted by Dan]
Beyond trying to keep them stocked, nearly all wine racks share the same problem — they require a certain room layout or decor to fit in. The Stact Modular Wine Wall ($95 and up) is designed to overcome this limitation by fitting in basically anywhere. It comes in a variety of colors, and each 12-bottle panel features a high-quality wood veneer exterior, a set of 16 precision-machined aluminum bottle supports, and two wall brackets that make mounting each section as easy as hanging a picture. As with any modular system, you can start off with extra capacity or buy more as your collection grows — but if you're anything like us, that might take a while.
Forget artificial flavorings and give your next bottle of water a natural blast of fruit essence with the Sombrero Citrus Juicer ($13) Available in yellow or green, this ingenious invention fits down in the top of standard bottles — including water, as well as soda, juice, and yes, even beer — and delivers the juice straight where you want it: in your beverage. [via]