I’ve tried countless bourbons since I turned in my scotch glass a few years ago, and the Bib & Tucker 6-Year bourbon we included in last year’s Holiday Gift Guide quickly became a favorite. The sample bottle was gone before the guide went live. Now they have released Bib & Tucker Double Char 6-Year Bourbon. It’s delicious.
Adult Beverages & Gear
If it seems like forest fires are getting worse and occurring more often, it’s not a figment of your imagination. In the state of Colorado alone, four of their five largest wildfires ever occurred in the last five years. To help keep that from happening while people are camping, hiking, or simply spending time outside this fall, Busch Light is giving away Busch Light Solar Cookers to Colorado residents.
I wanted to get into home brewing many years ago and received a homebrew kit as a gift; it was a lot more complicated than expected. I was intimidated, and the kit went unused. I was intrigued by the premise behind Brewferm Belgian Craft Brew Starter Kits, however. With their kits, they promise to make home brewing easy.
It is HOT, I mean, super HOT in Texas right now. Like most Texans, a super cold brew hits the spot after a long day of work. Some of you may have recently seen ads for Busch Light Apple. As it just so happens, Busch was kind enough to send me a sample. As a side note, I am a fan of Bush Light already. How did Busch Light Apple fare?
If you’ve been searching for a great way to transport your favorite beverage, be it water, soda, or even a spirit, Corkcicle has always been a go-to method of making sure that your items stay cold or warm for hours. We’ve covered a few of their products in the past, but their latest Poketo series is in a class all its own.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Hopsy SUB Compact, and I’ve been testing it for the last week. The SUB Compact is a beautiful and functional device that will be an excellent addition to any home bar as long as you have patience and can deal with the noise of the cooling fan. The Box The SUB Compact arrived in a large cardboard box which contained both the actual device and four mini-kegs of different flavors each containing 67.6oz of quality beer. One thing to note right off the bat is that this SUB Compact can only be…
St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with drinking and partying to the wee hours of the night, which usually meant having to navigate through a drunken zombie landscape. However, Hopsy has a better solution. They’ve created the SUB Compact, a device that lets you enjoy craft beers on draft right from your home just in time for the festivities.
Corkcicle makes some of my personal favorite whiskey glasses, tumblers, and canteens. Their newest product, the Ivanhoe Duffle, is not just going to be a hit at barbecues, it’s going to keep you happy by making sure your beverages stay perfectly chilled en route from your home to the party.
Every wine aficionado waits patiently to drink that glass of Cabernet they’ve been saving for years, or takes longer perusing the wine menu than the food menu at dinner. Drinking a delightful glass of wine is a whole experience that involves multiple senses.
Sometimes, a product gets reinvented with new tech and you think “Yea, that makes sense.” Sure, there’s a frightening number of Bluetooth speakers out there, but it makes sense to make music more portable. Then there’s the WECHEER.IO, an “internet of things” bottle opener.
If you read my review series on the PicoBrew S, then you probably thought that being able to brew beer on your kitchen counter was pretty cool — but that price tag, though! $799 is a lot to invest if you’re just a hobby brewer, but now Pico has come out with a sub-$200 solution for everyone, the Pico U.
Think latte art is cool? How about beer art? Personalized pints are about to become a thing thanks to Beer Ripples. Beer Ripples is a machine that transforms any-foam topped beer into a personalized pint.
Whether you’re serving wine at your holiday get-togethers or bringing a hostess gift to the friends throwing a party, you’re going to want to have a wine that tastes good yet doesn’t break the bank. I recently discovered Cameron Hughes — a vintor that makes small batch lots; these wines are fab, and when they are gone, they are gone.
If your idea of relaxation is to sip a glass of your favorite beverage at the end of the day, and if you are a bit of a science geek (which I’m betting you are), then you’ll love these Cognitive Surplus science-themed barware items. Wine glasses with the constellations? Yes, please. Chemistry-themed barware? Oh, yes.
When I last left off, I had brewed my first batch of homebrew with the PicoBrew Pico S. I waited a little bit longer than after the fermentation had stopped to rack and keg it because I wanted to be sure I’d given it enough time, and because Kev said it wouldn’t hurt anything to wait; he was right.
You may be following my experience with the PicoBrew Pico; if so, then you know that I was able to brew beer on the countertop of my kitchen without much trouble. I’ll have an update on my homebrewing adventures soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share news on the PicoBrew Pico Model C, new on Kickstarter today.
I’m married to a man who enjoys brewing his own beer; Kev has a shop with a section dedicated to the equipment needed for mixing, brewing, proofing, and serving homebrew, and he has invested plenty of dollars and copious amounts of time into his hobby. I fully expected snark when I started reviewing the PicoBrew Pico, because it’s cheating, right?
Beer is getting smarter, there’s no denying it. First commercial taprooms introduced network-aware tap systems, then came pour-your-own tasting bars that charge by the ounce.
The initial appearance of Lifefactory’s water bottles and wine glasses make them look like they were made for kids. They weren’t. Yes, the raised grip sleeves make them look “youthful” but these products aren’t kid’s stuff. They are well-designed products that will help keep a grip on your hydration or your favorite glass of wine. Let’s take a look.
When you think about pouring a perfect beer you think about holding the glass at a 45 degree angle, pouring the beer down the side to allow glugging and when the glass is halfway full to slowly tip the glass upright before pouring the rest of the beer into the center away from the edge right? Sure. But who gets this right 100 percent of the time? That’s where Fizzics, a countertop draft gadget for your home that can give you the feeling of a true draft from your bottle, or canned beer, regardless if it’s cheap beer or not….
It’s always a selling point when whisky, wine, or other spirits are aged in oak casks, and there’s a good reason for it: aging alcohol in oak makes it taste better (richer, deeper) than it would otherwise. Oak-aged spirits usually command a premium compared to other varieties, but now you can upgrade your own alcohol by using the Oak Bottle. The Oak Bottle is the first “for-home-use” barrel-aging vessel. Now anyone can take an average bottle of wine or whiskey to new heights, or bring out new flavors in their favorite wine or beer. Here’s something I didn’t know until I read…