Different kinds of wine get different glasses, so why shouldn't different kinds of beer? The Spiegelau IPA Glass ($25/2-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. Arriving May 2013. [via]
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.
Add a bit of whimsy to your morning coffee routine with one of these Creature Cups ($15-$20). Available in 11 or 15 oz. sizes, these curious cups are dishwasher safe and feature a different creature at the bottom, which only emerges fully once you're nearing the end of your drink. Choose from an octopus, pelican, crocodile, sea otter, shark, spider, or skull, or pony up for a set of two ($25-$35).
So you spent all kinds of time researching just the right bottle of sake to buy, and now you're serving it... out of what? The bottle it came in? A wine decanter? Try this Wappa Cedar Sake Bottle ($200) instead. Designed by Shunji Kurimori, it's crafted from straight grain Akita Cedar, giving it a classic look while imbuing it with properties that help hold your sake's temperature, whether it's hot or cold. Want to make it a set? Order up some cups while you're at it.
Remember playing scientist when you were a kid? Now you get to feel that joy all over again — only with booze. Test Tube Shooters ($20) gives you a set of six colorful plastic test tubes that are the perfect way to administer your latest experiments to your "test subjects".
How do you improve on the awesome drinking utility of the mason jar? Give it a better-than-Starbucks wrapper and a handle. The Holdster Mason Jar Mug ($20) slips onto standard wide-mouth jars, cladding them in leather and keeping the heat — or cold — away from your hand. Available in cross-stitch or riveted styles, and with or without a looped leather handle, they're a great way to add a touch of class to this traditional vessel. Combine with a Cuppow to create the ultimate farmland-esque travel mug.
Add a touch of morbid whimsy to your china cabinet with these Stackable Skeleton Coffee Mugs ($84). Designed by Phoebe Richardson and made from bone china — pun most likely intended — the set includes four white mugs that, when stacked, form a full black skeleton illustration. Perfect for horror-themed tea parties.
Not everyone has unlimited room in their kitchen/bar for drinkware — and if you count yourself among the space-lacking, do yourself a solid and order up a few of the Beer Shot Light Glasses ($19/2-pack). Made from rugged borosilicate glass, these stacking cups hold a pint of your favorite brew on one side, and can be flipped upside-down for use as 2 oz. shot glasses. Hell, they can even hold votive candles in shot configuration, so you can get all romantic without needing to bust out the creepy candelabra. [Scouted by Derrick]
Upgrade your morning — or afternoon — liftoff procedure with the Rocket Espresso Cup ($40). Crafted from glazed ceramic, this paraboloid cup holds 2 oz. of the caffeinated stuff, and, appropriately, sports three '50s-style rocket fins for legs. [via]
A mug with a built-in coaster? Brilliant! Inspired by a banana holder, the Floating Mug ($40) is exactly that: a white porcelain mug — perfect for coffee or tea — that separates the liquid-holding portion from the ground by integrating a coaster into the handle, keeping the heat away from sensitive surfaces like wood, while giving the cup itself a cool floating look. Hence the name.
Red Solo cups are great for Toby Keith concerts, but not so great for the environment. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Pint Cups ($30) are. Made from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, they're reusable, durable, and dishwasher safe — and you also don't have to worry about anyone commenting on your lack of manhood due to your glass goblet.
Some of our favorite salsas and sauces come in plain, reusable jars — but unless you're running a country-themed bar, they aren't so useful for drinking out of thereafter. Unless you've got a Cuppow ($8). This brilliant little tool acts like a coffee cup lid, working with most normal wide-mouth canning jars to turn them into efficient, reusable, spill-free travel mugs — although it still won't stop you from burning your hands should you decide to fill it with hot coffee. [via]