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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.

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.


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Bike to the brewery in style

New Glarus Brewing bicycle jerseyIf you want to go for a bicycle ride with “Mirror Pond Ale” emblazoned across your front there’s a shirt for that.

Or “Lone Star” or “Arrogant Bastard” or … well, you get the idea. Plenty of breweries now sell colorfully decorate cycling shirts, some featuring the name of the brewery most prominently, others a particular beer. If you can’t find one in a brewery’s gift shop you might visit its oneline store. In addition, there are stores that carry a variety of shirts.

The New Glarus Spotted Cow shirt pictured here is available in the brewery’s online gift shop.

Magnetic bottle opener

Looking for a simple, easy-to-use, maybe historic bottle opener? We can waste hours trying to pick from all those available at eBay.

But if you have a friend who is constantly stumbling over bottle caps that somehow end up on the floor, or one who might accuse you of doing your holiday shopping at garage sales then here’s a fancier choice.

DropCatch is a wall-mounted bottle opener with a magnet inside, so those caps never hit the floor. It comes in different sizes (the larger one is said to hold 52 caps) and with a choice of hardwoods.