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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.

For the barrel-loving beer drinker

Wine barrel sinkThe Rocky Mountain Barrel Company in Colorado sells wine barrels that may be used in many ways — for instance, for barrel-aged beers, or even for . . . winemaking.

In addition the barrels themselves, the company offers items crafted from barrels and staves. For instance, the wine barrel sink pictured here, both small and large benches, and a bourbon barrel stave coat rack that should probably come with a sign that says, “Do not lick.”

Give a beer your can’t buy at Seven-11

Last year The Rare Beer Club impressed Fast Company magazine so much they featured the club in their December/January issue, stating: “Offering beer as a token of holiday goodwill can be tricky. It’s gauche to put a six-pack under the tree, and nothing says ‘I forgot’ like a brown bag with a ribbon around its neck.” This year Esquire Magazine sings the The Rare Beer Club’s praises in their December issue.

How does it work? Each month, members receive two different 750 ml selections, many of which are corked and caged, and Gift Memberships available from 2-12 months to fit any budget. And the club is offering Real Beer readers $10 off an order of any term. It really is a gift that just keeps on giving.

Pedaler-friendly six-pack holder

Bicycle 6-pack holderThis leather frame cinch was honored as one of the ten best bike-related design innovations of 2011, and as its developer notes “it “secures just about anything somewhat narrow to your top tube – why not a six pack?”

The strap is adjustable to hold variably sized items, so when there are less important items to tote than beer it can still be useful. It works best on a top tube that is parallel to the ground.

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Because sometimes there’s no beer to wet your whistle

Wynkoop Railyard lip balmLook around and you’ll be able to find lip balm made from a variety of beers (even Coors Light).

Wynkoop Brewing in Denver, for instance, had balms made with the malts and hops in both its Rail Yard Ale and B3K Black Lager, as well lip protecting oils and ingredients. The B3K version is the first black lip balm they’ve heard of (though it doesn’t darken your lips).

The brewpub also sells B3K and Rail Yard Ale soaps — custom made in Denver with the beers, malts and exfoliating crushed grains. There’s also a new seasonal beer soap made with pumpkin beer and pie spices.