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Beeraphernalia

From beer snobs to beer slobs, there's a gadget for everyone

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The Randall Jr.
If you've ever heaved a sigh at a particularly flavorless lager, or if you're a compulsive tinkerer, Dogfish Head's Randall Jr. will make your world better. Put whatever you want in the canister – coffee beans, wasabi, peanut butter – pour your beer over it, chill for 10 minutes and voilà, your beverage is infused. It's hard to get your hands on one of these, though Dogfish says they'll be in stock again soon, but the possibilities are endless if you do. Remember, everything's better with bacon. ($19.99, dogfish.com/store)

Hophead Hop Vodka
San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Co. is a small enough company to be able to follow through on a crazy idea: What if you distilled hops instead of simply adding them to the beer brew? They launched a small distillery in the 1990s, but beer had always remained the focus. The result, Hophead, is a round-flavored, herbal, grassy-tasting liquor, excellent on its own but also a great supporting player in a mixed drink. ($35 for 750 ml; binnys.com)

Sküüzi mittens
Handmade and fair-trade, these woolly cuties add a dash of Icelandic chic to your obsessive bottle-hoarding. The loose-knit wool will protect your delicate paws from hypothermia and prevent any condensation from pruning up your fingers, while insulating that ice-cold longneck. Plus, since there's no thumb, your hands will be good for only one activity: holding beer. Now that's focus. ($29.99, Amazon.com)

The Beer Buckle
Wearing a belt buckle that unfolds into a bottle (or can) holster doesn't mean you have a drinking problem. It means you're super-efficient person who doesn't let a little thing like never putting down your beer get in the way of
activities that require both hands, like mowing the lawn, changing a diaper or kneading bread dough. ($34.99-$44.99; thebeerbuckle.com)

Reef Fanning Sandal
The only thing better than flip-flops on the beach: flip-flops with a church-key bottle opener embedded in the sole. That opener on your key ring is like a blinking beacon telling everyone you love to violate open container laws, but the man can't see the bottom of your shoe. Not only will you seem McConaughey-level suave, it's one less thing to lose while you're wasted! ($55-$58 on Reef.com; also available on Amazon and Zappos)

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