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… and one more for the stocking

Pike Brewing bar towelsThere are plenty of smaller beer related items — including a bottle of beer itself — that fit nicely into a stocking. Gift certificates, bottle openers, many of the items listed here during the past month.

However, we’re partial to bar towels. They are versatile, soft when you want them to be, and fold nicely into a stocking.

The one pictured here is from Pike Brewing in Seattle, but you may well be able to locate one in your local brewery’s gift shop.

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.”

Portable breathalyzer

Beer Alcohol CalculatorNot to throw a wet blanket on your holiday cheer, but it doesn’t hurt to be careful about your blood alcohol level when you are having a few beers.

The portable breathalyzer pictured here is sold at Amazon. It makes checking very easy, which is part of the point, as in a one button operation. But we don’t care what brand you buy — a quick Google search provides plenty of option.

It is not as precise, but you can get an idea of what your BAC might be by using this online calculator.

Northwest beer gear

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