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5 Gadgets to Upgrade Your Beer

Beer is great on its own. It follows the old adage, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet we are always looking to fix or tinker with things and beer is no exception. To keep up with that mentality we wanted to share five cool beer upgrades you can add to your bar or kitchen. Some are practical while others are there to keep you entertained.

Cap Zappa

Remember when we thought beer opener key chains were awesome? Well there is something bigger and better. How about a beer opener key chain that shoots the beer cap? The Cap Zappa not only opens your beer, but you can try and hit your friends with the cap. It can clip on to your key ring and doesn’t take up too much space in your pocket. It measures at 2.2 x 12.5 x 19 cm and it launches your cap straight up in the air. You can see how poor your aim gets as the night progresses while you keep on drinking. Just make sure you don’t shoot your friends eye out.

On-Ice Mixed Drink and Beer Dispenser

One thing that we all hate is warm beer. One way to combat this issue in the hot summer months is to use the On-Ice Beer Dispenser.  This mini clear keg keeps 80 ounces or a little over 2 liters of your favorite brew or drink at a finger’s touch away and ice cold in its separate beer tower compartment without diluting the flavor! This dispenser is great for any occasion indoors or out. Whether you are serving ice-cold ales, liquors, white wine, mixed drinks, or shots this cooler keg will be a main staple for your bar. All you have to do is as the inner part with ice. Next add your drink of choice in the exterior and enjoy ice cold beverages wherever you go.

Pocket Beer Bong

Did you ever want to have the capability of bringing a beer bong with you no matter where you go? Well now you can with the pocket beer bong. This pint size gadget lets you use any regular beer bottle and turn into a makeshift beer bong.  The Ultimate Bottle Bong has a small hose and a bottle cover to let you jug a beer like you did in college. This is perfect if you need to “catch up” when you come late to the party.

Fridge Monkey

The Fridge Monkey is a flexible rubber mat designed to maximize storage space in your fridge by stacking bottles and cans and stopping them from rolling around. Ideal storage for 10 beer cans, 10 beer bottles or 5 wine bottles or any combination. The Fridge Monkey is made from a flexible rubber material, measuring 9.75 x 4 inches (l x w).  The bottles are able to stay still through the use of ridges built into the mat, giving those rounded sides a base to gain their footing on.

Randall Jr. Personal Beer Infuser

If you ever wanted to make your own brew, but never had the patience, well the Randall Jr. from Dogfish Head is something you might want to pick up. All you have to do is take off the top and add hops, spices, and fruit and then fill it up with off-centered ale and savor the fruits of your creativity. The Randall Jr. holds up to 16 ounces of beer. No doubt you will have loads of fun trying new combinations of hops and other ingredients to personalize your beer. So get creative and drink up!

Refreshing Cocktails for Memorial Day Weekend‏

This weekend while you are hanging out with friends at the beach or at a barbeque why not try some new cocktails. No matter if it is just a small get together or you are planning a big bash these drinks will be just the thing to cool you down this Memorial Day weekend.

Captain Morgan Black Wild Ginger

(For a crew of 30)


1 750 mL bottle Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

2 750 mL bottles dry white wine

24 oz. pineapple juice

6 oz. sour mix

1 2 L bottle ginger ale

3 oranges, sliced

4 lemons, sliced

1 bunch fresh mint

Preparation: Chill all ingredients. In a large punch bowl, crush the fresh fruit to extract the juices. Add Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, wine, pineapple juice, sour mix and ginger ale. Add a large block of ice and serve the punch in wine glasses with pieces of fruit and a sprig of mint.

Why it’s perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend: Embrace your wild side, with this refreshing drink.  This ginger-inspired punch is perfect for parties and can be made ahead of time.

Maple Collins


1.5 oz. Crown Royal Maple

.5 oz. Lemon Juice

1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice

2 dash Angostura Bitters

.5 Simple Syrup

Preparation: Mix ingredients in a shaker, top with club soda and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with half an orange slice and a cheery.

Why it’s perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend: One of the most popular drinks since the launch of Crown Royal Maple Finished – make sure you kick Memorial Day off right with the Maple Collins.

Royal Peach


1 oz. Crown Royal Black

.75 oz. Ciroc Peach

.5 oz. Cranberry, orange, pineapple and Sprite

2 dash Angostura Bitters

.25 Grenadine

Preparation: Mix ingredients, pour into a rocks glass and top off with lemon-lime soda.

Why it’s perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend: All the best summertime ingredients come together in Royal Peach, giving you another reason to wish summer lasted all year long.



1 ½ oz Bulleit® Bourbon

2 lemon wedges

3 oz. tonic

Preparation: Build in a highball glass, serve over ice

Why it’s perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend: Have a busy weekend planned? Don’t fret, with only 3 simple ingredients the BLT takes no time to mix.

Tennessee Valentine


1.25 oz. Dickel #8

.75 oz. Cochi Rose

.25 oz. Creme de Cacao

1 dash Lemon Bitters

Preparation: Stir all ingredients. Strain in to a coupe. Garnish with a cheery.

Why it’s perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend: Light on the stomach, the Tennessee Valentine is the perfect drink for Memorial Day pool parties.

Also if you need a few more drink ideas try these one below. They were showcased at the annual Googa Mooga festival in Brooklyn.  Despite a rainy backdrop, thousands of adults packed Prospect Park to listen to the likes of Matt & Kim and The Flaming Lips while sipping on some of the best cocktails NYC’s top mixologists have to offer.

Uncle Buck


1 1/4 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco

3/4 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/3 oz Ginger Syrup

1 tsp Green Chartreuse

Preparation: Combine Don Julio Blanco, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, ginger syrup and green chartreuse in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into Collins cocktail glass over fresh ice.

Quiet Storm


1 ounce Bulleit Bourbon

¾ ounce lemon juice

1 ounce extra dry vermouth

¼ ounce simple syurp

Top with ginger beer

Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin. Strain contents into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with 1 mint sprig and lemon.

One More Chance


1 ¼ ounce George Dickel Rye

¼ ounce Gran Classico bitters

¼ ounce maple syrup

¾ ounce lemon juice

Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin. Strain contents into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with 1 orange half wheel.