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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.

Beer as a piece of the puzzle

Beery jigsaw puzzleSorry, doing jigsaw puzzles and drinking beer might make you free smarter, but there is no proof it actually works. We’re fine with the fact it can be fun. More so when the puzzle has a beer theme.

There must already be rules for an accompanying drinking game.

The puzzle pictured here is one of several beer-related puzzles at Amazon, but you can find them at a surprising range of places, like Toys”R”Us or your local bookstore.

Just remember to assemble responsibly.

Bobble Openers

These are the sort of things you either love or hate. They’re very colorful and modern looking, not at all like a traditional bottle opener. But for the right bar or kitchen, they’re pretty cool. Fun wobbly figures open bottles with their strong stainless steel teeth.

Bobble Openers

Designed by Kikkerland, they’re fairly inexpensive depending on where you get them, making them a great stocking stuffer. Amazon sells them for $7 per bobble opener. You’ll find them at other sites and in brick and mortar stores as well.

Beer Hunter: The Movie

Beer Hunter: The MovieThe straightforward description at IMBD simply states: “Beer Hunter’ is a documentary film about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson. His books on beer and whiskey have sold millions of copies, and his 1993 Discovery Channel television series, ‘The Beer Hunter,’ inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts and literally helped shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world. This is an intimate look into Michael’s life, through rare footage from his travels combined with current interviews with the world’s leading brewers and beer writers.”

But there is much more to “Beer Hunter.” Filmmaker J.R. Richards shares footage he shot in the years before Jackson died in 2007. He also collected tributes from members of the brewing industry that make Jackson’s influence all the more apparent. And he dug up vintage film from Jackson’s early days of beer hunting. All of it makes great viewing. [Details about the movie and ordering a DVD.]

Hydro Flask: A high end growler

Hydro FlaskWe’re well aware that there’s been plenty of debate in the beer world about the good, the bad and the occasionally ugly of beer growlers. What’s obvious is that if you invest in your own you should take good care of it, keep it clean and remember to drink you beer in a timely way.

With a suggested retail price of $49.99, Hydro Flask Growlers are definitely high end, both in look and feel. Hydro Flask makes containers in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 12 ounces to 64, the largest intended to keep beer in better shape than the standard glass growlers used by most brewpubs.

Hydro Flask states its containers will keep cold liquids chilled for up to 24 hours and hot liquids steaming for 12 hours. They are cast from double wall vacuum insulated food grade 18/8 stainless steel, BPA-Free and resistant to bacteria and odors.

The growlers are available with a stainless finish, a Black Butte powder finish, or in copper brown.

Details.