Porkins’ worst nightmare is now a conveniently sized bottle opener. The TIE Advanced bottle opener is roughly four inches long, and it has a magnet on the back so you can hang it on a fridge or the back of a Star Destroyer. Also comes with a nifty collector’s case. Pre-order now for a July 2014 release.
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Grocery shopping, while entirely necessary, is somewhat bothersome. I can’t having to pick out all of my meals for the week. But you know what would make food shopping so much easier? Beer.
Redditor Beeslo spotted this bucket of “walkin’ around beer” at a Whole Foods in Austin–go figure–and I’m starting to think that the folks down in Texas might be onto something. Honestly, can I get walkin’ around beer at my local supermarket? And the dry cleaners? How about the bank?
Yes, for the record, I am one of those people: If I have a drink in hand when I walk around your house, you will have to scream “COASTERS!” at me time and time again. I’m not sure why, but I always seem to forget that coasters exist. I kinda thought they were meant to be thrown at people who blocked the television.
Anyway, it looks like the Grab and Go Coaster is the ideal coaster for me. All you have to do is slap this nifty coaster onto the bottom of any drinking vessel and, voila, it stays there. No more screaming “COASTERS!” at forgetful dinner guests. They come in sets of four, and they’re the best way to prevent people like me from ruining your expensive, antique furniture. You’re welcome.
Product Page: ($8.00 via Gizmodo)
It’s a numbers game that we’ve all played: Doing the mental-math dance of trying to figure out how many hours you have to work in order to afford one thing or another. Most of the time it seems like the math is never in my favor. But then again, I hate math, so that sort of explains things.
The folks at Quartz played a similar mental math game too. They gathered data on the average price of domestic draft beer and the local minimum monthly wage in various countries throughout the world. Then they divided the average price of the beer by the hourly minimum wage based on a 40-hour work week and voila! The above chart shows their findings. Apparently, it only takes roughly 12 minutes of minimum-wage work to afford a beer in Puerto Rico, while in Georgia it takes a half a day’s worth of work.
I hope the beer’s worth it in Georgia.
A Wisconsin brewery, Lakemaid, surprised the kindly ice fisherman on Lake Waconia in Minnesota by flying a twelve-pack of their favorite beer to the fishing cabins right on the frozen lake. How’d Lakemaid do this you ask? By using a remote-controlled quadcopter of course.
That’s right: Lakemaid delivered a twelve-pack to a number of thirsty fisherman via quadcopter during zero-degree weather. As one would suspect, the fisherman were quite pleased. The Federal Aviation Administration, on the other hand, was not too happy about the little robot-related stunt.
The FAA notes that one cannot operate a drone for commercial purposes, or fly it above 400 feet in the U.S. So the whole beer drone operation was canned. But Lakemaid’s president Jack Supple is fighting to take back the skies over Minnesota.
Find out more and watch the drone in action after the break…
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Did you know that the North American Snow Kangaroo can carry approximately fifty times its own body weight in beer? Pretty crazy, right? I almost don’t believe it myself….
(via Daily Picks and Flicks)
YouTube user misunderstoodnumber decided to try out a boozy experiment using a hot skillet and a bit of Newcastle Brown Ale.
No, no one was cooked alive. Pay attention, please.
Ok, misunderstood poured some ale in a hot pan. As soon as it touched the hot surface, it formed into a blob of sorts that glided smoothly like mercury across the pan.
This is due to a phenomenon called the Leidenfrost Effect–when a liquid comes into contact with a surface that’s hotter than the liquid’s boiling point, said liquid will form a blanket of vapor.
Now how’s that for a party trick? You should do it at your next shindig! (Er, maybe not–sounds like a frat house fire waiting to happen. Plus it’s a crime to waste beer.)
Check out the video after the break…
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Super Bowl ads cost about a bajillion dollars and this one by Newcastle Brown Ale shows what happens when a company doesn’t quite have the cash. Or does it? The ad features Anna Kendrick talking about how pissed off she is that they pulled the plug on the Super Bowl ad that would have had her as its star. It’s all in good fun and part of Newcastle Brown Ale’s strategy.
“We think the formula for creating the most epic Big Game commercial of all time is pretty simple, but when it comes down to it, we’d rather have people drink our beer while watching other companies’ ads,” said Charles van Es, senior brand director for Newcastle Brown Ale, in a press release. “And to be honest, we don’t really have the money or permission to advertise on the game either.”
Whatever the case, the commercial is absolutely hilarious. Of course, you would expect nothing less with Anna Kendrick involved.
Watch it after the break…
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So you’re at a party, and you can’t find a bottle opener for your beer. You use the front of your shirt to remove the twist-off cap and then BAM! The cap tears your shirt. Yeah… this may have happened at some point in my life.
But it looks like my worries are finally over: Criquet of Austin, Texas makes these stylish button downs for men that feature an extra reinforced front tail to prevent you from pulling a twist-off fail. The shirts are also 100 percent certified organic cotton. Looks like I finally have the upper hand, you dastardly twist-off caps.
Product Page: ($85.00 Cool Material via Foodbeast)
Here’s the map you need if you’re a fan of beer. It’s a giant map of the United States with 2,500 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs across the country. It’s available for sale as a print so you can hang it on a wall and start planning an epic road trip.
See the full infographic after the break (click to enlarge)…
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