With Halloween just around the corner, there's still time to step your party game up a bit with a Pumpkin Tap Kit ($30). It might just be the best way possible to pour your favorite autumnal beer, pumpkin-flavored or otherwise. All you need to make your own pumpkin keg is a big, hollowed-out pumpkin, and this kit -- it's that easy. The faucet is made of brass with a chrome finish, and features a lever for easy pouring, as well as an easy-to-assemble three-inch shank.
Yes, there is something to be said for the time-consuming, careful, meticulous process of home brewing your own all-grain beer — but for those of us who don't have hours (even days) to spend brewing beer, there's the PicoBrew Zymatic ($3,000). This device takes all the equipment typical of a home brewing setup and consolidates it into one counter-top appliance capable of brewing virtually any style of beer imaginable. All you need to do to create repeatable, delicious beer batch after batch is fill the compartmentalized filter box with grain and hops, top off your keg with water, choose your recipe, and go. A few hours later, you're ready to add yeast to your wort, let it ferment, and carbonate. You'll be drinking in no time.
Give your next batch of home-brewed beer just the right amount of barrel-aged flavor with these used Homebrew Whiskey Barrels ($90). These barrels were used to age Texas-distilled blue corn whiskey for six months, making them ideal for containing your favorite barley wine, porter, or stout. Each five-gallon barrel is made from American white oak, and has been charred on the inside for an excellent smoky taste. They come with a stand and a rubber bung. They're available in very limited quantities, so pick one up while you still can.