Everyone loves an ice cold, frosty brew. Or if you’re European, a warm ale or stout. Whatever your prefer, beer drinking has become an art, with craft breweries popularizing the everyman’s drink. Classic and unique gadgets like magnetic bottle openers, specialty glasses, beer koozies and beer kits have come out of the woodwork to enhance the drinking experience. Check out our list of must-have beer accessories.
Beer glasses $19.99
There’s no shortage of beer glasses, but for a starter set, pick up the Dailyware Craft Brew Beer Tasting Glasses at Bed Bath and Beyond. This set of six includes one 15 ¼-ounce classic pilsner; 20-ounce English pub glass; 16 ½-ounce Belgian ale glass; 20-ounce craft pub glass; 14 ¾-ounce porter-stout and 23-ounce wheat beer glass and is dishwasher safe.
Stick it on the wall and forget about it. Or in this case, the fridge. This magnetic beer bottle opener makes cracking open a cold brew easier than ever. Simply place the bottle under the lip, tilt and lift to remove the cap, which will stick to the frame of the this opener, available on Uncommon Goods. This handy gadget is also available at Target, Kohls and many other stores and websites and also comes in a nonmagnetic version as well. You can even personalize these openers with your favorite beer, sports team or initials.
Brooklyn Brew Shop is great for the beer aficionado who wants to make their own beer. With brew making kits available in pumpkin, grapefruit honey, chocolate maple, chestnut brown and several other styles, the sky is the limit. Each kit includes a one gallon glass fermenter, airlock, tubing, thermometer, tubing clamp, a packet of sanitizer, a stopper and blowoff attachment as well as barley and wheat blend, hops and yeast. Customers can also shop for beer books, mixes and other unique attachments and gadgets. Visit www.brooklynbrewshop.com to order.
There’s nothing better than an all-inclusive, multi-use tool. This beer cooler from Kegworks features a built in tap. More complex versions cost $1,100, but there’s a keg and cooler for every beer enthusiast and party goer who is ready for an upgrade from the average keg. This 48-quart cooler has a fully-functional draft beer faucet and shank pre-assembled on the side.
Keep your beer cold with a beer koozie and make it unique to you. Most if not all companies can personalize koozies as they make great party gifts. Choose your style (bottle or can), color, graphic and print style. From sports teams and logos to quotes and cute shapes, koozies come in all forms. Get crafty with yours at www.totallykoozies.com or buy them at any retail store like Target, Party City and Amazon.