We have seen the future, and it is Bar2D2. The dude who made it is obviously A) a genius, B) our kind of drunk, C) a man with some time on his hands.
Here's what he told us:
BaR2D2 is a radio-controlled, mobile bar that features a motorized beer elevator, motorized ice/mixer drawer, six-bottle shot dispenser, and sound activated neon lighting. The robot is driveable so you can take the party on the road! It was created in my garage using standard hand/power tools and readily available parts and materials.
Someone sent us this link a while back, and we didn't cover it then because we were more than a little creeped out. However, the idea of turning a dead rodent into a container for liquor has grown on us (apparently) because we're covering it now. So anyway, if you need a varmint-based vessel for your booze, you know where to go now.
Welcome to our first post of the year - go team 2009! Our first post focuses on the Can Grip, a snazzy little competitor for the koozie that will turn any beer (or soda, we suppose) can into a mobile stein. Not only does it eliminate the need for a can coaster because of the solid plastic base, it also helps keep your can cooler. How, you ask? Because at the rate of speed you drink beer it's not external temperature that's warming your beer, it's the warmth radiating from that monkey paw you call a hand. Less hand equals less heat.
If you ask us, the only way the Koozie beats these things is that you can hide the fact you're drinking something narsty like Bud Light. Just think of it as the Can Grip keeping you honest. Pick them up for around four bucks apiece (check for retailers through the Can Grip site) or buy 'em wholesale and get your own custom message added to the handle.
File this one under "We're pissed we didn't find it in time to get it for New Year's" - the home bar setup kit we've been dreaming of. The folks at Kegworks seem to have thought of everything you could possibly need to set up your home bar, and even thrown in a couple nice extras to wow your friends and make your rivals jealous.
Includes: (6) 1 oz. Shot Glasses. (24) Palm Tree Stirrers. (24) Pink Flamingo Stirrers. (12) Black Bottle Pourers. (3) Bar Towels. (3) Bar Towel Holders. (2) 60 oz Plastic Pitchers. (2) Juice Containers/Pourers. Box of 1000 5" Drink Stirrers/Straws. Margarita Glass Rimmer. Jigger (1 oz x 1 1/2 oz). Stainless Steel Condiment Tray that holds 4 pints. Wall Mount Bottle Opener. 500 Pack of Beverage Cocktail Napkins. 8" Wooden Drink Muddler. Bar Caddy. French Style Corkscrew. Stainless Steel 3 Piece Cocktail Shaker. 24"L Rubber Bar Mat. Long Bar Spoon. 24 Pack of KegWorks Coasters.
With a setup like that, all you'll need next is a ton of booze and a couple hundred friends.
We've long felt we really deserved a shot chilling machine, and while many of the ones we've seen on the market are aimed solely at getting your Jagermeister cold, we've found a shot chiller that will fit most liquor bottles. Just pop in the bottle, add ice and salt, and wait a minute (literally, 60 seconds) for your bottle to be ice cold. We haven't tried it to see how effective it is, but we're adding it to our Christmas list.
We mentioned in our post yesterday that we've been on the market for a new wall-mounted bottle opener for the new crib. We're pretty sure we found it this time - not only does it open bottles, it's kind of arty-looking and could pass for something other than a tool for drinking beer. Plus, it's got the Celtic theme and the Liquor Wife is Irish...hell, maybe we could give it to her for Christmas! We'll get back to you on whether we actually have the stones for that.
We've been on a search for a wall-mounted bottle opener for our new Liquor Snob offices, and we've been striking out. Of course, we've been tempted by the 5-opener set we found a while back, but for some reason the Liquor Wife doesn't seem to think it's a great idea to have a bottle opener in the master bath. We think we've found the huckleberry, though - functional, cool-looking, and mounts right on the fridge, the source of all beer. We don't think we can do any better than that.
Every drinker worth his salt needs to have decanters. They're great when you're entertaining, or if you just feel like pretending you're in a movie from the 1940s. We've found four engraved glass decanters that would make a great gift as a set...or you can split them up among yourself and your three closest friends.
Each is engraved with the name of a different liquor (Bourbon, Rum, Vodka, and Whiskey) and we're a bit surprised they didn't go with Scotch. We're guessing whoever did the engraving thought you could put your scotch in the whiskey bottle, but there's the problem of that pesky extra "e." At least you can keep your Canadian or Irish whiskey in there.
You wouldn't believe the number of emails we get from people who think they have revolutionized drinking as we know it. Usually, what they've done is A) a slightly different take on something that exists already without making it any more useful, B) invented something that makes a simple process more complicated, or C) it's just plain stupid. There are, however, occasionally ideas that make us rub our chins and say "Hey, that's not a bad idea."
The SeatSaver is just such a thing. What is it? Well, it's basically a coaster with a hole in it (see A above, but with a use). But what do you gain by losing that little button of paper from your coaster? You get a multi-use coaster that lets you cover your drink or hang it off your bottle if you leave your seat. Just think of how many times you've had to ask for your seat back after a trip to the jukebox, or return from the pisser only to find the barback has dumped your half-full bottle of brew. Assuming everyone plays by the rules of engagement with these things, that's all a thing of the past. And that might just happen too - these guys have inked deals with all kinds of big distributors, so keep an eye out for them in a bar near you.
Everybody loves to play pool, right? Well, not everyone. We kind of hate it because we suck. But, can you imagine if you played pool and your opponent had to take a shot related to every ball you sink? That'd get us potting the ball all over the place.