December 27, 2005
We're not exactly fashion mavens over here at Liquor Snob, but we've always been fans of combining liquor with clothing...case in point are our bottle opener flip flops and belt buckles, and the whiskey stains on most of our shirts. Now you can wear your liver-abusive tendencies on your sleeve, or on your belt anyway, with the Flask Buckle from Urban Outfitters.
Unbuckle BEFORE You Drink? The order sounds just as backwards to us as it does to you, but that’s the theory behind this flask belt buckle from Urban Outfitters. Be careful, though: in some states, a flask counts as an open container violation inside a vehicle.
via The Sporting Life
; available at Urban Outfitter's
December 14, 2005
We don't usually go for pottery, but we just found this amazing beer stein that pretty much sums up our attitude on the whole beer issue in 11 words. The stein is from the Our Name Is Mud gallery in New York, and here's what they have to say about this kickass crockery:
We consulted Oliver Stone on this design, and we think he´s on to something. Remind yourself even when you´ve had enough to forget: "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?" We think not.
The best part is, this thing used to be $20, but it's on sale right now for $10. Just in time for the holidays. Coincidence? We think not. Buy this stein
today to make sure it arrives for holiday gift-giving, or browse Our Name is Mud's other goblets and steins
for all your beer and wine needs.
December 10, 2005
We're not exactly sure why we always seem to stumble across beer shotgunning devices around the weekend. We can only guess that it's because by the time the work week is over, we want to get as much beer as possible inside us as quickly as possible. We've got canned beer pretty much dialed ever since we discovered Shotgun 2.0, but sometimes the only beer you have around is in a bottle. While it's quite possible to chug a bottled beer very quickly, it usually gets all foamy and the bubbles make it tough to do it as quickly as a shotgun. Enter the Bottle Blaster.
How does the Bottle Blaster work, you might ask? We were curious too, and when we first saw the tube sticking out of the end, we thought you were supposed to put it down your throat, shooting the beer right into your stomach. While that would be some serious shotgun dedication, the tube actually goes up into the bottle, and we have to say we're pretty glad about that. Since we're obviously morons, we'll let the Bottle Blaster folks explain how it works themselves.
This is a pocket shotgun adapter for a beer bottle. It fits most 12oz bottles of beer and is quality made.
Basically this is how it works:
It takes about 3 seconds for a beer to come out of the bottle, and it produces NO FOAM. It really is a wonderful product that will get you VERY drunk VERY quickly! This is really an essential party accessory and at this price, you can't resist it!!
- Un-cap your beer bottle
- Insert the Bottle bong into your beer making sure the thin vent tube reaches the bottom
- Cover the outside end of the thin vent tube with your finger
- Put the mouth piece up to your mouth
- Tilt your head back and stop covering the vent tube
- You are on your way to being DRUNK!
Still confused? Watch the Bottle Blaster video
. This little stroke of genius runs for $14.95, and you can get yours at the Bottle Blaster store
December 5, 2005
Depressed by the cold, wet hand that results from drinking from your normal, everyday frosted beer mug? Wishing you could keep your hands dry and warm while still enjoying your daily pint(s) from an icy cold receptacle? Sick of the lonely drudgery that is your pathetic life, from your solitary drinking schedule to your balanced diet of take-out and Hot Pockets? If you're looking for respite from two of those problems (we're not telling which two), try Beerhugs beer mugs.
What are Beerhugs? According to their website, they are the only glass mug with an insulated plastic handle. This means you can chuck the glass in the freezer to frostify it, and the glass will get cold but the insulated handle will stay warmer to the touch. It kind of puts us in mind of the old McDLT ads from the 80s ("keeps the hot side hot and the cool side cool), but they might just be on to something...we've got a ton of frosted mugs in our freezer but rarely use them. Maybe because we're afraid of frostbite and prune hands?
Learn more at Beerhugs.com.
December 2, 2005
When we were in college, we had a lot of friends who were huge fans of funneling beer. They would set up these crazy, MacGyver-style funnels that were three stories long, offered five funneling tubes, and held 14 quarts of Natural Light or whatever cheap beer we were drinking at the time. The Liquor Snobs have never been big funnelers...we've always felt if we want to blitz our stomachs with too much beer too fast, we'll shotgun it in manageable doses, thank you.
That is, that's how we felt until we discovered The Chuggler, a funneling apparatus that may make us change our tune. Basically, the Chuggler is a 30oz mug that comes with a 12"x1/2" tube that sticks out of the bottom. If you're feeling like a normal-speed intake, sip out of the top. If you want to rev things up a notch, whip out the tube and run your own personal funnel. Seems like a win-win to us.
And the best thing is, the Chuggler usually runs for $19.95, but it's currently on sale for $14.95. Apparently there are only limited quantities available, however, so if you're getting one, get it soon. Learn more at Chuggler.com.
If you ask us, and people often do, the beer belly gets a bad rap. What could be better than a spherical expression of your love for beer, peeking out from under your shirt? We think this was summed up best a by a t-shirt we once saw that said "When you have a tool like mine, you have to build a shed over it." And since the beer belly is a gift from nature, we all knew it wouldn't take long for man to synthesize it. Enter The Beerbelly.
Normally we wouldn't be that excited about buying a beer belly, especially since we've buying our own on the six-pack-by-six-pack installment plan for years. The Beerbelly isn't just a fashionable accessory, however...it is purely functional too, as a way to smuggle your favorite drink wherever you go without being noticed. Here's what the Beerbelly site has to say:
Now you can take up to 80oz. of your favorite beverage wherever you go... Even where "they" don't want you to!
The Beerbelly is made up of a neoprene “sling” and a polyurethane “bladder” with a tube for dispensing. The bladder is held in an insulated pouch in the sling which is worn under your clothing for concealment. When worn, it looks just like a beerbelly.
So you're telling us we can develop the divine curvature of a Marlon Brando AND smuggle beer into movie theaters, sporting events, concerts and churches? We can't think of anything better than that. You can get the full Beerbelly package, including the product itself, cleaning tools and a spare ice pack, for $49.95, or you can get the Beerbelly alone for $34.95. Looks great on women too, as long as you don't mind people asking when the baby is due.
Learn more and buy your own Beerbelly at TheBeerbelly.com.
November 30, 2005
Remember Kegbot, the Linux-enabled kegerator we told you about back in September? Looks like it's finally starting to hit the big time, because we saw write-ups all over the Web this week. Guess people are starting to see what we've known all along - there's always room for a robotic kegerator. It does seem to be a sticking point for some that if Kegbot decides you've had too much to drink, it will shut you off, but that reeks of an optional feature.
Here's the write-up from Popular Science:
Since the first brew fan installed a tap on the spare fridge and stuffed a keg inside, one question has been paramount: "Who's been drinking all the beer?"
Mike Wakerly's keg fridge will tell you. It'll also estimate the drinker's blood alcohol level and post it to a Web page; log his consumption for the night, week or month (and cut him off if you like); and keep track of his tab. The Kegbot can even send you a text message when the beer supply runs low.
Wakerly, a software engineer, got the idea during a spell of unemployment just before grad school. He built a microcontroller that directs a valve and a flow meter, and spliced both into the tap line of an everyday keg fridge. Then he wrote custom software for an attached Linux computer that can look up drinkers in a database and post their pour total to the Web.
Bitchin'. Oh, and for the record we're pretty sure this is the same Kegbot we reported on before, but "version 2.0" just sounded cool. Plus, they've enabled two new 'bots since we first reported...a cheap, mass-produced commercial version can't be far behind, right?
See the full write-up from PopSci, and check out the kegbot site.
November 18, 2005
Shotgun Party Beer Opener
Slogan: One Trip to the Lip
Typical Price: Ranges from $3.95 for one to $0.50 apiece for 10,000. Order Now
A couple weeks ago, we told you about the Shotgun Party beer opener. In our initial coverage, we were foaming at the mouth when we read about how easy it proclaimed to make shotgunning. We got our hands on some as quickly as we could, and we did our review before you could say "Let's shotgun a beer." Due to some technical difficulties with our camera we have been waiting to get our pictures from that night, but instead of making you wait any longer we decided to go ahead with the review (which is too bad, because some of them were pretty funny).
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.
You see, while the red shotgun beer opener is great, it's not perfect. We spoke to its inventor and he told us he felt the hole the gizmo makes is too small, the tab opener gets in the way of popping the hole, and there are a few other production-related problems. That's why he has designed a next-generation beer opener, which we've lovingly christened Shotgun 2.0.
The 2.0 has a wider head on it so it makes a bigger hole, and the prototype model we had allowed us to do the fastest shotguns we've ever been a part of. We seriously think we may have beaten some world records. Bigger, faster, stronger, better; the new technology has been rebuilt to remedy the production flaws that made the first generation slightly less-than-perfect. In all honesty, even if you already have a Shotgun Party tool we recommend you pick up a new one when they're released on December 1. Whether you want to make shotgunning easier, hope to shave a few seconds off your time, or just cherish all things that are beautiful, the 2.0 will suit your needs. Have we ever steered you wrong before?
We think it's imperative for all Liquor Snob readers to get their hands on one of these magical beauties (and use it responsibly, of course). Also, we're going to be getting a batch of these suckers when they're released, so keep an eye on our site for discounts or even free giveaways in December. If you can't wait (and we completely understand that), order a shotgun key of your own at the Shotgun Party site. They make a great gift too - we're sure Grandma would love one.
To learn more, go to ShotgunParty.com.
November 11, 2005
Do you ever have that problem where you drink so many shots, you can't find your glass anymore? Would it help you out to have a shot glass that glows as red as Rudolph's nose? Well, we have the shot glasses for you. We bring you the Envious Ounce, a battery-powered shot glass that will make sure you can always find your next shot, no matter how blurred your vision is.
Without further ado, we bring you our favorite moments from the Envious Ounce FAQ, for your reading pleasure:
Continue reading: "Do It With The Lights On...Shots, That Is"
November 4, 2005
Update: Check out our review of the shotgun opener, plus find out about the future of shotgunning...
If you've ever shotgunned a beer before, you know that it can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit of a hassle. Fumbling with your keys or some other sharp implement, aligning the hole properly, bending back the metal so you don't cut your lips while you drink - it can be a pain, especially after you're a couple beers in. We've discovered a Shotgun Beer Opener specifically designed for all your shotgunning needs.
If you've never done it before, shotgunning is pretty simple, at least on paper. Before opening the beer, you punch a hole in the side of the can near the bottom rim and clear out the jagged metal. You put your lips to that hole, forming a seal, and pop the tab on the beer can. This causes all the beer in the can to have nowhere else to go but your mouth.
It's usually done as a race, but it can also be done recreationally to measure your personal best (not that we would know). The Shotgun Beer Opener promises to take a lot of the fumbling and guesswork out of preparing the cans, and it comes with a keychain hook so you'll always have it when you need it.
For more information, go to the Shotgun Party website, and you can order your own for four bucks from DrinkingStuff.com.