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USA Beer Cap Map For The Craft Beer Lover In Your Life

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You can either drink beer to get drunk, or you can drink it because you appreciate it and can take in the subtle differences between the myriad craft brewers across the country. If you or a loved one falls in the latter category, you’ll probably appreciate the USA Beer Cap Map. It’s a 37″ wide US-made board with 177 holes for the various beer caps you’ll collect as you try different brews from different parts of the country. It’ll look great on your wall, and the included hanger kit creates a striking 3D effect. At $75, it’s priced just right.

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MiniBrew Makes It Super Easy To Make Beer At Home

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Making beer at home can be fun, but it’s also a fairly complex process that takes time and know how. But these days there are enough sensors and tiny processors on the market capable of handling these types of tasks for you. The MiniBrew automates the entire brewing experience, making 5-litre batches of beer with literally no involvement other than getting the machine started. There is very little info on the device, other than to say that it will use “ready-to-brew Ingredient Packs produced by renowned craft breweries from around the world”, and will output a “portable keg that is chilled and ready to tap.” It’s currently in development and will set you back a cool €1950 ($2,175USD) to own, once it becomes available in Q2 2016.

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Hexacups Bring Structural Superiority To Beer Pong

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Who knew that the venerable game of beer pong could use a little bit of structural engineering improvements? Yet, there you have it: Hexacups are undeniably better than regular beer cups. Their hexagonal shape give them a few advantages. For one, they’re much harder to crush. Drunk frat boys tossing ping pong balls around will sometimes fall over and screw the pooch. Also, they’re much easier to rack; just press them together and the straight edges will align themselves in 1/4 of the time it normally takes. Also, since the edges are touching, there’s no gaps, nor any way for a stray cup to just fall over or move around during play. At a $15 pledge for a basic set of 22 cups and 3 balls, it’s priced just right. It’s a Kickstarter that has yet to reach its goal, but they’re not far off.

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Think Of Pico As The Keurig For Beer

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Making your own beer at home can be fun, but it can also be challenging. It’s a multi-step process that requires a fair amount of know-how and equipment. The Pico brewer however takes all the legwork out of the equation, and can make an entire 5 litre batch for you from start to finish. All you have to do is pick an ingredient pack, add water, and wait. The company has already signed up dozens of craft brewers, so you’ll be able to make your own Rogue, Dieu Du Ciel, or Flying Monkeys beer right at home. PicoBrew, the company behind the device, will also open up a marketplace where brewers will be able to sell their own PicoPaks, creating what they call “an app store for beer”.

It’s a cool idea, and given the advantages, is totally worth the $599 asking price.

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Protein Infused Beer is A Thing That Exists

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They’re calling it “Where your weekend meets your workout”, and as unlikely as it seems, this seems to be a real product: protein infused beer. It’s called Brewtein and Nutribeer, and one is a regular American wheat ale that’s had some whey protein mixed in, while the other is lower calorie lager with slightly less protein and almost half the carbs. Brewtein has 7 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs and clocks in at 178 calories, while Nutribeer has 4 grams of protein and tips the scales at 122 calories. That’s… not a lot of protein when you consider a standard post-workout protein shake can sometimes have 40g+, but if you plan on swigging a six-pack by yourself, you’ll still get in that range. And you’ll be barely able to walk, which will only complement your already wobbly post-legday legs. It’s a win!

The makers claim you won’t notice the taste of the whey, and each one comes with some interesting rewards, since it’s a Kickstarter project that’s honestly unlikely to get fully funded. But hey, we’re doing our small part by telling you about it.

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Draft Top Slices The Top Off Your Beer Can, Exposes Full Bouquet

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People can get passionate about beer; we drink it to get drunk and couldn’t care less. But if you’re the discerning type, you might enjoy drinking it off a can a little less, since you don’t get to experience the full bouquet and aroma of a good beer due to it being poured through a small opening. The Draft Top is a special tool designed to slice the top off a can, exposing the precious liquid inside. Once removed, no sharp edges remain so you can drink safely. The tool itself is small and easily carried, measuring 5/8th in. thick x 3.75 in. x 4.75 in. It’ll cost you a $45 pledge to own it.

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Stealth Beer Koozie Makes It Look Like You’re Drinking Coffee

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Where I live, bars stop serving alcohol at 3am. A local pizza join used to have a racket where they’d keep on selling frosty suds after last call, as long as you ordered “Cold Tea”. That was code for beer, which would be brought out in a metal teapot. The owner made a killing until he was busted a couple years later. But this product, the Lolo Lid, reminded me of that story. It’s a special lid that holds on to a standard can of beer. You then have to attach it to a paper coffee cup to turn the whole thing into a beer-insulating Koozie that looks like a coffee cup. The air barrier between the beer can and the outer wall acts as insulator, while you look completely incognito, drinking suds while making it look like you’re just trying to perk yourself up. Well… you are, in a way. And if you want your own, you’ll have to pledge $20.

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Star Wars Beer Steins

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The only respectable way to drink a beer is either straight from the can, or in a beer stein. There’s no shortage of these on the market, with some more creative variations like the Das Can In Stein that turns your cans into steins. The collection we’re looking at today, however, takes the cake in terms of geek appeal. The Star War Steins feature Boba Fett, Darth Vader, or R2-D2 and are made out of solid ceramic. The hinged lid uses a legit pewter thumb lift to reveal your frosty drink inside, while each will hold 22 ounces of liquid. These are heavy, 2 lbs. steins, so it’s no toy. The price is also reflective of this, since they’ll set you back a hefty $49.99.

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SpinChiller Chills A Beer In One Minute, Costs $20 (DotD)

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Spinning an aluminum can in icy water in order to chill it faster actually works: you can get a beer from room temperature to frosty in about 60 seconds. But doing this manually isn’t the best way to go about it. The SpinChiller is a water resistant drill of sorts that accepts standard sized cans and spins them.

There’s nothing like a refreshing ice-cold drink on a hot day. With the SpinChill, you can cool off no matter how far you’ve strayed from the fridge. This innovative gadget chills drinks up to 30 times faster than a freezer, and can work its magic in a minute flat. Bring it to the beach, pool, picnic, or keep it in the car for emergencies—you’ll thank yourself later for saying yes to the SpinChill.

– Water resistant
– Pocket sized
– Chills up to 300 cans before requiring new batteries
– Spins smoothly to avoid foam creation & explosions
– Drops the temperature of your liquid 45 degrees in one minute

The summer isn’t over, guys. You can order one of these for $20, down from the usual $25, with free shipping.

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