- Bryan Rindfuss
- Go, go gadgets for beer.
Whether they're pure novelties or fully functioning gadgetry, we found a few gems that'll keep your brew game strong.
Condensation is the bane of my existence. True story. I hate the god-awful feeling of crappy beer label sticker glue as it peels off the bottle due to my icy cold beer being exposed to balmy South Texas temperatures. The guys at Freaker, a company based out of North Carolina, know condensation sucks and that you have to keep your beer cool. They manufacture a knit koozie that insulates and keeps your hands dry. At $10.95 at Leighlena at the Pearl (303 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 101, 210-224-6666), the Freaker can be found bearing several styles (football laces are a close second), but we're prone to this Lone Star rendition.
Similarly found at Leighlena, which honestly has just about every novelty gift you could ever want, was The Red Cup Drink Kooler ($10.95). I won't talk this one up much more than I need to. It's a fun riff on a Red Solo Cup that made me chuckle. The patent-pending product is made with a stress foam-like material. Keep it around for when you need to relive those collegiate nights.
You'll need a pair of sunnies for all your tailgating this football season. The guys at Big Hops Growler Station (multiple locations) have you covered with their lime green Ray-Ban-esque shades that double as bottle openers. Pick some up before they're gone because we all need cheap shades ($8), and a church key.
This one's for the beer drinker with a love of all things Bexar County. The Bexar MiiR Growler ($59.99 through bexargoods.com) will keep your Freetail Soul Doubt chilly long after it's been filled. The double-wall vacuum and stainless steel shell will keep cold liquids cold for more than 24 hours and hot ones going for more than half that time.
Finally, etsy, cycling and beer aficionados should visit Pedal Happy Design's store. Their sleek bicycle mounted leather growler carrier with stainless steel growler lite comes in at $35 and is available in dark brown, light brown, mahogany (to match your leather-bound books!) and black.