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Beer Savers: Charming or otherwise useful?

Silicon Bottle Cap Charms for Beer BottlesYou must make your own decision about if you need beersavers from the folks at Beer Interactive. They promote these silicon caps primarily because they keep your beer fresh and because they can double as bottle charms (you know, like the cute things party guests hang on their wine glass so nobody drinks from it).

If you generally empty a bottle into a glass before drinking then move along to another gift suggestions.

Otherwise consider this very useful review from Mario Rubio, who gave them a thorough test with several different beers. He wrote, “I was impressed with the Beer Saver caps. If you’re the type that has trouble finishing these more common 22-ounce, high gravity barrel-aged beers or simply want to save some of your beer for the next day, Beer Savers area good solution.”

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Vintage beer commercials

Vintage Beer CommercialsDoesn’t it seem to you that Russell Crowe should have starred in a beer movie instead of his wine-soaked release (“A Good Year’) a while back?

BeerBooks.com has DVDs on just about any beer-related subject you could want. From making beer to the history of beer to beer and food to great old commercials.

Now if they just sold a remote that doubled as a bottle opener.

Brew-opoly

Brewopoly Board GameHere’s how the manufacturer describes Brew-Opoly Monopoly :

BREW-OPOLY celebrates the small to medium brews and brewers of the United States. It’s a property game that allows players to own their favorite brands and trade their Cases for Brew Houses. Along the way, they will learn about the unique and wonderful brews featured on the game board, and try to become the richest player in the game to win. For 2-6 players, ages 21 years and up.

Whatever your pleasure, from Alpha King Pale Ale to Zonker Stout, our nation’s award winning microbreweries produce the suds that will tickle your taste buds. In Brew-Opoly, buy or trade your favorite beers and increase property value by purchasing Brewpubs and Microbreweries for your monopolies. Sounds easy enough until you have to put on your beer goggles and kiss your neighbor or stand and sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.

Beercandy: no ABV, but plenty of IBU

Beercandy - beercandy.comIn case you were wondering, the Hopdrops from Beercandy really do smell and taste like Cascade hops.

That seems important to us at Real Beer. We’ve already got plenty of candy, most particularly chocolate, to pair with beer. These stand alone. Not surprisingly, no Beercandy products contain a measurable amount of alcohol. Yet they still taste of beer, though some more than others.

Beercandy offers three basic choices: an assortment of caramels; BeerTaffy in stout and IPA flavors; and the HopDrops, hard candies flavored with Cascade hop oil and bittered with iso-alpha acids.

You can never have too many beer glasses

Pretentious glasswarePretty sure no brewery is giving away anything like Pretentious Beer Glasses on pint night. The one on the left will set you back $35.

There are so many beer glass options these days we’re not inclined to endorse a single one. You can read a review of the Pretentious line from Jay Brooks or at The New School.

You can usually find interesting glassware — often branded, but that’s part of the fun — at stores that sell the sort of beer we talk about here.

And now we’re going to break the “no endorsement” rule for New Belgium’s “Glass That Gives” promotion, because you might call it a present that gives twice.