Inspired by the Theodore Low bottle opener from the 1930s, this modern interpretation offers better seamless function and classic styling that will last for generations. Cast of stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish, this device exudes quality, artistry, and timelessness. Kebo® (derived from "Bottle Key") is an ideal gift for anyone with an appreciation for fine craftsmanship and of course, fine beer. Patent No. US D663,176S
Serious about making large batches of beer? Splurge for a propane-powered rig with a three-tiered brew stand. This setup, by Indiana-based Blichmann Engineering, costs about $2000 and features a trio of 20- to 30-gallon pots and gas burners that put out 216,000 Btu per hour. (The high heat quickly boils large amounts of liquid, shaving hours off the brewing process.) More casual or budget brewers can make do with one big pot, heated on a common kitchen stove.
C anned beers have come a long way in the last half-decade or so, with many award-winning microbreweries now proudly packaging their brew in aluminum. And while the jury is still out on whether or not cans are truly more environmentally friendly than bottles, there's no denying that the two containers play on equal ground in terms of flavor. Fuller's London Pride (England; $7.99 per four-pack of 16.9 oz. cans) You might not expect to find one of the most awarded and acclaimed ales in the U.K. in a can, but voilà! This is a classic "best bitter," a brew style completely unlike pale ale, porter, or stout.
Beer — an alcoholic beverage brewed with hops, malt and barley; once referred to by Keats as “sweet liquid bread” — has a half life of about three months. Six months from the date of brewing, beer turns from inebriating mana into hobo swill. Then why is it that most American beers do not display their expiration dates, so consumer’s can pick the freshest brew possible?