March 9, 2006
If you hear a cracking sound in the background as you read this, it's because we're having the interns flogged for not finding the Oh! My Glass so we could be the first ones to break it on the Web. For the love of Mike, it's a beer glass bottle opener, and we weren't the ones to find it? It's not like we even drink out of glasses - we're more prone to just bite off the bottle cap and pour it in our mouths - but we loves us some unique bottle openers.
For those of you snobs that insist on the finer things with your beer like "drinking it from a glass" alongside stuff like "showering daily" or "walking upright," then here's the tool for you.
This little baby holds a full bottle and has a built-in bottle opener right in the bottom. You'll never experience the shakes as you look through drawer after drawer for the bottle opener again.
Sure, it's plastic, but you knock things over all the time anyway.
via Martini Lounge blog: Glass With Bottle Opener
Oh, and by the way, we picked up this story from a blog we've started checking with some regularity, the Martini Lounge. Rick Dobbs, the guy who runs it, seems pretty darned knowledgeable, and he's got a good sense of humor...plus he's got the coolest tagline we've seen in a while. "Saving the world, one drink at a time" - why couldn't we have thought of that? Check him out at martini-lounge.blogspot.com.
March 8, 2006
We're not golfers, but here's a little device that might make us want to put on some funny pants and hit the links. It's an insulated drink dispenser disguised as the head of a club, and at the touch of a button you can pour yourself a nice, frosty beer, or whatever you decide to keep in there.
The Drink Caddie is a drink dispenser for your golf bag that has a built-in battery operated pump to dispense your favorite beverage at the push of a button. The pump is hooked up to an insulated cooler which is hidden inside of your golf bag. The golf bag drink dispenser is easy to clean and is priced at $100.
via The Sporting Life: Drunk Driving
We also dug this bad boy up at Amazon, and discovered that the Drink Caddie holds 54oz of liquor...errr, liquid, and that it's designed to keep your hot stuff hot and your cool stuff cool for up to five hours. That should be enough to get through 18 holes, right? If you want to pick one up for yourself, or get it as a gift for the golfer in your life, head on over to Amazon.
March 1, 2006
There are some songs that require you to have a drink in your hand while you listen. One of those songs is "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson. Nelson is a freaking genius, and it's the kind of song that makes you either want to jump up and down or cry into your glass, depending on your mood. His voice perfectly captures the feeling of wanting to pour whiskey on your sorrows, and it doesn't hurt that the rest of his career jumpstarting album "Shotgun Willie" is great too. Plus, for all you drinkers out there, you might also like "Bubbles in my Beer."
You can buy it at Amazon for under ten bucks, or if you need more convincing, read on.
Amazon.com essential recording
Frustrated by eight years without creative freedom or commercial success, Willie Nelson left RCA Victor in 1972 only to be signed by Atlantic Records VP Jerry Wexler, a longtime fan. Willie and a group of Texas, Nashville, and Manhattan musicians (Doug Sahm and Larry Gatlin among them) recorded three albums worth of material in New York, including this benchmark collection.
A musical crazy quilt reflecting Nelson's own freewheeling repertoire, it mixed Willie compositions old ("Slow Down Old World") and new ("Shotgun Willie") with a Bob Wills favorite ("Bubbles in My Beer"), Johnny Bush's Texas barroom anthem "Whiskey River," and a stately rendition of Leon Russell's "A Song for You."
Literate, sharply focused, and earthy, it proved a turning point, validating Willie's creative quest aesthetically. The triumph was also a commercial one. Acclaimed by the rock music press, Shotgun Willie attracted many younger fans to become Nelson's bestselling album to date, paving the way for his future superstardom at Columbia and beyond. --Rich Kienzle
Read more and buy your copy at Amazon
- oh, and don't forget to stock up on whiskey and hankies before you listen.
February 24, 2006
So, yesterday we were reading OhGizmo!, and we saw their story about this scary new cell phone with a gun inside. After we got over the initial shock, we started thinking, "What else could you put inside a cell phone?" Turns out, you can go right ahead and put your booze in there. We've found an interesting cell phone flask over at Amazon if you want to pack the other kind of heat in your phone, and your Beerbelly isn't enough for your stealth beverage needs. See below for more information we pulled from Amazon.
Cell Cache Stainless Steel 4 .oz 'Cell Phone Flask'
Price: $24.00 Buy Now
- Unique polished chrome and stainless steel 4oz cell phone flask
- A fun gift for that hard to buy for executive, or for the person that has everything
- The cell phone style flask comes with a high quality leather case
- Appropriate for both men and women (of drinking age of course! )
- Perfect for Social Events, Football Games, Basketball Games, Sporting Events, Parties, Conversation Piece, Meetings, or Nightclubs
Meetings? Whoever makes these things just skyrocketed in our esteem.
We're not exactly security guards, but we think it looks pretty realistic, especially when it's in the case. We're also not sure how far along such a small amount of booze will get you, but you never know when you'll need that four extra ounces. Oh, and for Pete's sake, don't use your cell phone flask and gun at the same time - that's just irresponsible.
February 2, 2006
After seeing Admiral Adama on Battlestar Galactica have a nice toast of single malt scotch with his son Apollo using these glasses as "scotch props" on a recent TV episode of the series - we knew that these were the scotch glasses to buy. These double-walled drinking glasses made of insulated, heat-resistant Borosilicate glass keep cold drinks cold and hot ones hot. The medical-grade glass was made for lab use, and is actually lighter and thinner than traditional glass, and that's what makes them unique.
For scotch drinkers: Bodum Pavina Double Wall Double Old Fashioned/Tumbler Glasses
For beer drinkers: Bodum Pavina Double Wall Cooler/Beer Glass
January 31, 2006
We might not be the shiniest taps on the bar, but we know a good deal when we see it. That's why we had to break our vacation radio silence once again to tell you about this great deal on Shotgun 2.0 beer openers. As you know, we think the Shotgun 2.0 is Jeebus's gift to drinking beer extra-quick out of a can, and if you don't believe us, just check out the video. We just learned that the Shotgun 2.0, which usually runs for $3.95 apiece, is now available for only $2.00 from DrinkingStuff.com. These things are a bargain at any price, and now you can get them for half price - we just can't see how you can go wrong.
If you're still not quite convinced, check out this snippet from our review of the Shotgun 2.0:
We went to a party with a pocketful of the little red devils, and when we broke them out we were gods among men. People were completely fascinated by the idea, and when we did our first "demo" shotgun they were even more blown away. Just hold the beer upside down, attach the Shotgun Party opener to the bottom of the can, flick your wrist, and suddenly you're ready for a shotgun. No more fiddling with the hole to make it bigger or twisting back those irritating little metal shards you make with your keys. The people at the party were lining up to try it, and the place was bedlam. But it was nothing compared to the chaos that would ensue from what we pulled out of our pants next.
Get your hands on your own Shotgun 2.0 for two bucks at DrinkingStuff.com
, but you'd better hurry; this deal is only available through the end of next week.
January 27, 2006
We'll come right out and say it - we don't want to have to get up every time we want a beer. Not just because it makes for a mind-boggling number of trips to the kitchen - we're strongly in favor of any situation where you can bring the beer to the man instead of the man to the beer. We've tried coolers, ice packs, we even built an igloo in the living room once, but let's face it - there's nothing quite like a mini fridge to put your beer proximity concerns to rest.
Still, for some reason we have a little trouble convincing the Liquor Wife to see the brilliance of such an idea. So we've come up with a list of why you absolutely need a small refrigerator (like this sweet Danby mini fridgewe just found at Amazon) in your living room, in case you need to justify your purchase.
- Logic-o-rama - "and I strongly believe having a mini fridge will make our relationship stronger, because we'll be able to spend more time together."
- The Equal Footing Defense - "But you get to have lamps in here, why can't I have a fridge?"
- Get 'Em On Your Side - "...and you can have this little section between here and here to keep whatever you want, as long as it doesn't touch my beer."
- The Old Timer - "You know my gout's acting up again..."
Those are just a few ideas, but you get the picture. Plus, you can offer to cover the fridge with a tablecloth when important teetotalling guests or the police are in your house. Oh, and one final thought - it's much easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Once that sucker's in the house, even the coldest heart will warm to it.
Oh, and if you need to argue features of the fridge, here are the stats on the Danby model:
This deluxe compact fridge is designed to increase storage while saving space. It has a built-in freezer and 4.3-cu. ft. of capacity, and accommodates tight spaces with a recessed handle and reversible hinges. Convenient features include push-button defrost, 4 wire shelves, tall bottle storage and the patented CanStor beverage holder inside the door. 75lbs. Limited manufacturer's warranties: 1-yr on parts and labor; 5-yr. on compressor. Imported. 20-3/4Wx21Dx32-5/8H".
They had us at CanStor. Buy it now at Amazon
and feel the miniature refrigerator goodness.
January 19, 2006
Looks like we're not the only ones having fun with our Shotgun 2.0 beer can opener - at least according to this video from Transworld Skateboarding. Those skating boarders sure can shotgun - watching this little video takes us back to our pimply teen years when the bulk of our falling down was a result of skating rather than drinking, but it looks like these guys can do both.
Plus, you might still be able to get your hands on a free one...
When these interesting looking can openers showed up to our office, we weren't sure what to think. But seeing as how over 50 of them were sent, we had to put 'em to the test. Check the video—good times.
Want to check one out yourself? The first 100 people to E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org are gettin' one for free.
I gotta say, our video trumps all those jocks on their site.
Read the full post about Shotgun 2.0, and read their readers' comments, at Skateboarding.com
. Plus, check out the full video
, and compare it to the product reviews at Shotgun Party
January 18, 2006
Refillable bladder/sling system for stealthy beer consumption
Typical Price: $49.95 for the full rig plus a "Pleasure Extender" ice pack and cleaning kit. (Buy Now)
Original Coverage: The Beerbelly: Sexy AND Functional
We've been looking even more bloated than usual lately, with a beer belly that would put Homer Simpson to shame. We don't mind, though, because our expanded waistline is due to The Beerbelly. What is the Beerbelly, you might ask? Think Camelbak with beer in it, designed to be worn up front and simulate those extra pounds you usually pack on after the beer's already inside you. Actually, we've been wearing ours to the gym, and you should hear the compliments we receive about the weight we lose every time we go!
The harness is surprisingly comfortable, even when you've got the bladder completely full (it holds 80 oz, or 6+ beers) and it looks very realistic when you put it on, at least from a distance. We're not sure if it would survive a pat down from a suspicious security guard, but luckily the Beerbelly Tips & Tricks page offers some ideas for how to sweet-talk your way out of an uncomfortable situation with someone in a position of authority:
- This is a medical device that I think we’d both prefer not discussing or viewing in public.
- My wife is pregnant and, as part of our maternity class, I have to develop empathy by wearing this thing around in order to look fat and give myself backaches.
- Department of Homeland Security. We’re testing a new stealth form of body armor to protect our undercover agents overseas in the Global War on Terror. Don’t make me shut this place down.
- It’s full of urine, so step back or you’re gonna be sorry.
- Want a beer?
Or, of course, you could go for the sympathy vote and swing your sling around to make it a "Beer Hunchback."
We think the Beerbelly is a cool product, especially if you're someone who balks at the idea of paying nine bucks a beer at a game, twelve bucks a cup of soda at the movies, whatever. The only trade off is the chance that you might be caught muling PBR into the Chronicles of Narnia...oh and you have to be OK with looking like Al Roker in the bad old days. But is it worth paying $49.95 for the kit?
Well, let's think about it scientifically. Let's say you're going to a football game, where beers tend to run somewhere in the neighborhood of $4-$7. If you're paying the average beer price ($5.50) for 80 oz of beer (5 of the 16 oz beers), the amount held in the Beerbelly, you'll pay $27.50 altogether. Plan to do that at more than one game, and suddenly things are getting expensive. If you buy the Beerbelly, you'll pay $49 for the rig, and let's say six bucks for the beer (we're feeling high-end today). That puts your total at about $55. So on a purely fiscal basis, if you plan to use it twice or more, it'll pay for itself.
And even better, going beyond the purely monetary aspect, the thing is just cool. It's comfortable, you always have a beer on you, and yeah you look a bit rotund but you feel like you're putting something over on the people around you. If you're smart about when you fill up your cup, you won't get caught, and since you'll be the only one with beer around at all times, you'll be the most popular guy around, even though you're sporting the Celebrity Fit Club physique.
Learn more about The Beerbelly and buy one of your own at TheBeerbelly.com.
January 2, 2006
Bottle Shotgun Device
Typical Price: $14.95 (Buy One)
We've always been fascinated by the concept of shotgunning from a beer bottle. We flirted with ideas for how to do it, including using a drill to make a hole at the base of the bottle. We always held off, however, because even in our most drunken state we were pretty sure we'd end up bleeding externally or internally. That's why we were excited when our Bottle Blaster arrived...it promised the coveted ability to shotgun a bottle of beer without coming away looking like Andrew WK.
We have three pieces of information for you about the Bottle Blaster. The first is that it's incredibly easy to set up the shotgun...you just slide the gadget down over the neck of the bottle until it's snug, and...well, that's pretty much it. The second piece of information is that the diameter of the hole you drink from is big...it's like an inch across. The third is that there is a carburetor on the side that lets you more or less control the flow of beer as it comes out of the mouthpiece.
And we have to say, that's a good thing. We've been around the block when it comes to shotgunning beer, but the first couple times we tried the Bottle Blaster, we had a hard time keeping beer from shooting out of the corners of our mouths like a lawn sprinkler. We learned to keep up through a mixture of fierce chugging and a thumb over the carb hole, but it took some practice. Intern Doug, who took part in the review, called the Bottle Blaster's rate of speed "aggressive." We call that an understatement...it's more like frighteningly awesome.
Once you master the Bottle Blaster, it's one of the coolest toys we've played with for massive beer consumption, right up there with the Shotgun 2.0. Of course, you can't hang this one on your keychain and it's a little more expensive, but it fills people with the same wide-eyed wonder. You pull out this little gadget that looks like a combination medieval torture device/periscope, slap it on top of a bottle and shotgun it, you're going to have friends lining up to try it.
Learn more about the Bottle Blaster, along with a bunch of other cool drinking products, at BottleBlaster.com.