A drinking game that improves beer knowledge and hones tasting skills? I'll drink to that! Beer Nerd combines beer tasting with trivia and classic board game play. Players maneuver around a board with — what else? — beer cap game pieces while answering questions about beer, ranging from beer-related trivia to the nuts and bolts of brewing itself. To succeed, players must also be able to identify pre-selected beers in blind taste tests throughout the game, through appearance, aroma, taste and mouthfeel. Play a few rounds, and you might just come out with some serious knowledge and a razor-sharp palate. It's $35 at chroniclebooks.com.
If there's a fruit that exists in the world, you can probably buy a vodka flavored with it. But your loved ones deserve better! The Vodka Zinger is a sleek, brushed metal carafe that includes an infusion chamber with built-in blades. Add fresh fruit, herbs and spices to this part, pour vodka into the other, shake them together and let it sit for an hour. Voila! Fresh, infused vodka without all the artificial flavors and extra sugar. It also works on other spirits, like rum and whiskey, as well as wine and even water. Habanero-peach Pinot Grigio, lemon-lime bourbon or just plain old coffee-pineapple vodka? I don't see why not! Get it for $25.95 at zinganything.com.
Out of Print coaster set
Let your friends and family channel their inner Bukowski and give their next cocktail or pint an old-school, literary twist. The set includes eight coasters housed inside a case designed to look like a hardcover book; the thick, water-resistant coasters feature vintage book covers from a variety of modern classics. What drink goes with Pride and Prejudice? How about On the Road? Have a few sips and let inspiration decide. Get them for $20 at outofprintclothing.com.
Woodzee Robert Mondavi Private Selection X sunglasses
Being a wine connoisseur has always been cool, but it's not until you slip on sunglasses literally made out of wine barrels that you enter the realm of unquestionably hip. These Woodzee-brand, wayfarer-style shades are made from recycled oak wine barrels used to age Robert Mondavi Private Selection Coastal Crush Red and feature polarized lenses in your choice of four different colors, each offering UV400 protection. They're $120 at woodzee.com.
It's well known that aroma is a major factor in taste, and with beer, much of the aroma is stored in the head. Enter the Sonic Foamer, a peculiar little device that keeps your beer's head fresh and fluffy, all the way down to the last sip. It's admittedly a little gimmicky, but there's no denying how fun it is to press the start button. With a sharp, low hiss, several streams of tiny bubbles rocket to the surface of your beer, and a dense, creamy head quickly materializes. Does it make the beer more aromatic? Yes, it actually does — and that means more easily perceived flavor throughout the drink. It also comes with a completely useless but fun bonus feature, allowing the user to change the color of the glowing LED light underneath the unit with the press of a button. It's $39.99 at sonicfoamer.com.