via Cool Material
You’re probably familiar with the Corkcicle. It’s a super-handy way to keep your white wine chilled and covered without watering it down. Only issue is, white wine isn’t really our go-to drink. That honor belongs to our good friend, Mr. Beer. Well, the folks who created the Corkcicle have heard our cries and have given us the Chillsner. The Chillsner is the first ever in-bottle beer cooler you can drink through. Simply toss it in the freezer for 45 minutes, take a sip out of the beer you’re going to put it in, then pop in the Chillsner and you’re good to go. Each purchase includes two Chillsners, a freezer storage case, and two instructional coasters. No more warm beer and no more funky koozies.
via Food Republic
Chances are, you’ve never heard of Akzidenz-Grotesk, the century-old typeface font that resembles Helvetica in its simplicity and clean lines. Neither had we — until we saw it emblazoned all over these cool longnecks.
In a conceptual series comprising six beer types, the Lisbon-based designer João Andrade gives us all a reason to raise our glasses (er, bottles) to his favorite font. Since Germany is the third-largest importer of beer, and Akzidenz-Grotesk originated in Berlin where it was used by printers, the marriage of the two seemed both appropriate and appropriately random. In the examples below, each label’s typeface varies in weight and width according to the level of alcohol in each beer.
We love the concept — the more innovative and forward-thinking label designs, the better — though we’d probably discourage anyone from actually using the word “grotesk” in a beer name.
In designer João Andrade’s world, Akzidenz-Grotesk beer would exist in five varieties: light, medium, bold, super and extra (shown above).
Full story over at Food Republic
Budweiser Brazil has been at it again… The Buddy Cup (not a sexual position) comes with a QR code and built-in chip that connects it to your Facebook profile, so every time you toast some rando [sic] at a Bud-sponsored event, they gain instant access to your Facebook life.
Because the world needs another uselessly hi-tech advertising innovation, and because the bar for being Facebook friends these days needs to be even more like blinking at a stranger passing on the street.
Brought to you by Agencia Africa, which was also responsible for Bud’s less idiotic Will.i.am magazine ad that doubled as a vinyl record.
via Cool Material
We can’t help the fact that we’re sometimes attracted to bright, shiny objects. It’s why we do occasionally judge a book by its cover, and it’s also why we may order a beer we don’t know based on the really awesome tap handle associated with it. This doesn’t happen all the time, but we’re pretty sure it would be hard to pass up the suds coming from these guys.
Gun Tap Handle
Video Game Controller Tap Handles
Dogfish Head Steampunk Tap Handle
Deer Antler Tap Handles
Fixed Gear Tap Handles
Beer Ingredient Tap Handles
Lightsaber Tap Handles
Sapporo Sword Tap Handle
Taps at Fette Sau in Philadelphia
40mm Grenade Tap Handle
Mason Jar Tap Handle
Piranha Plant Tap Handle
Vintage Tools Tap Handles
Dirty Robot Hand Tap Handle
50 Caliber Tap Handle
via old mate Mike Newman @ Cool Material
Playing cards and having drinks go hand in hand. We can’t recall the last poker night that didn’t involve a more than healthy helping of cold ones. If you want to get schooled with a little bit of beer knowledge while you await your next turn, check out The Beer Deck. Printed on each of the playing cards is info related to the history of beer brewing, descriptions of different beer styles, and tons of random sudsy facts. From info like which countries drink the most brewskies to helpful tips like which glasses you should use to down your brew, you’ll be a beer aficionado after just a few hands.
As you hit your local bottle shop in search of some new beers to try, there are a few that are worth keeping an eye out for. Some of them are brand new and some are seasonal offerings just hitting shelves. So next time you’re out scouting potential fridge dwellers, keep an eye out for these 7.
1. Fort Collins Hoptitude – Fort Collins Brewery
2. Boulevard Coffee Ale – Boulevard Brewing
3. Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA – Odell Brewing
4. Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines – Dogfish Head
5. New Belgium Rolle Bolle – New Belgium
6. Firestone Walker Parabola – Firestone Brewing Company
7. Founders KBS – Founders Brewing
Bugger… wish there was a beer called Dickthorpe!
Most of the bars on this list are rubbish, but one caught this correspondent’s eye – the Mos Eisley Cantina (official name Chalmun’s Cantina) from Star Wars. Yep, “Cantina”. They were all the go on Tatoonie.
via Cool Material: “You go to the Mos Eisley Cantina for the smokey cool vibe and the ridiculously catchy live music (by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes). We have no idea what their craft beer list looks like, but we’re sure there are some wild drinks being served up. As with a lot of movie bars, the atmosphere can get hostile at times, so make sure to bring a few friends (or one Jedi master). Just make sure you leave your droids outside because, unlike killing someone, they’re a no-no.”
This correspondent is lucky to be a member of two long standing traditions. 4 years ago whilst celebrating a birthday of one of tonight’s inductees, the idea of a regular tennis night was mooted.
A week later four middle-aged men were darting about a tennis court at the Neutral Bay Club. That tradition continues to this day with a solid quintet of players and much laughter and muscle strains to show for it.
Whilst not of the Christmas Party calibre of celebration, this anniversary needed to be recognised and accordingly a night out at 4Pines for dinner was agreed upon.
Of course the subject of transportation arose and that’s where the blending of these two traditions began.
A stunning night adorned us last Wednesday with fellow BotF member bladdamasta in attendance for the induction. As it turned out these new members’ paths had crossed with with said correspondent and plenty of conversation ensued as we navigated Sydney Harbour en-route to Manly.
Suffice to say a great night was had by all with stops made at Hemmingways, The Steyne (walk-through) and the Manly Wharf Bar. Looking forward to the 5th anniversary.
Below are the all important details:
Favourite beverage: Lord Nelson Three Sheets
Favourite sport to spectate: Rugby Union
Area of trivial expertise: Intricacies of C. Dickthorpe’s love life
Favourite beverage: Pinot Noir
Favourite sport to spectate: Rugby League
Area of trivial expertise: Manly Sea Eagles after 1975
Favourite beverage: Coffee in the morning, Shiraz at night
Favourite sport to spectate: Football (I think he means Soccer…?)
Area of trivial expertise: New Wave 1977-85
Favourite beverage: West Coast Cooler
Favourite sport to spectate: Synchronised Swimming
Area of trivial expertise: Banking systems of Latvia in the early 18th Century
Note: Details above for inductee Mike may not be accurate…