7 things every beer lover absolutely needs in their kitchen
If you love a good brew, you'll love these beer essentials
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Not every beer-related doohickeys belong in your kitchen. Heck, most of 'em don't. You don't need a tap handle that makes your beer foamy, nor a vibrating coaster that makes your beer foamy, and under no circumstances do you need tea bags full of hops that... mostly make your beer foamy.
We put together a list of beer gadgets that will actually get some use in you or your favorite beer-lover's household.
A beer flight set for classy beer-tasting parties
You're a classy person. Don't ever doubt that. You're having a beer tasting at your home, for cryin' out loud, what could be classier than that? Wait a minute, is that... four batches of your own homebrew in a wooden beer flight? You might honestly be one of the top five classiest people I've ever seen. For real—sharing your very own homemade beer in 6-ounce pilsner glasses is the pure class and I love it.
Amazon's Choice among beer flights is this $17 set with a pretty solid sample size of great reviews. They're reliable and affordable, so buy more two or three; classy people like yourself are known to entertain a crowd from time to time.
Heck, if you really wanna throw caution to the wind, there's only sixteen of these crazy picnic beer flights left in stock. (Well, fifteen because I just bought one).
Your very own favorite tulip glass
Having a favorite tulip glass is one the best aspects of any beer love affair. Sometimes, beer needs to be held in a glass that is also shaped like a flower; it is the flower shape helps push the aroma of the beer up into your face. It's all very intimate, you see. Even the name "tulip glass" is evocative.
If you don't know why Spiegelau is the best, go ahead and Google it. When you're done, pick up this set of 2 Spiegelau tulip glasses for around thirty bucks. You'll need two because one of them will eventually break (and also break your heart).
A boring bottle opener like your parents and their parents and their parents all used
I don't think I need to explain this one. Here's a set of two of the most basic bottle openers you've ever seen, and trust me—you've seen these ones countless times in your life.
You take it off the fridge, you open the beer, you put it back on the fridge. It's not in the shape of an animal or your college football team's mascot, because it doesn't have to be. It is the ultimate utilitarian device. Don't overthink this.
Just look at this Teku glass. No, seriously—look at it.
When I get my tax refund this thing is going into my shopping cart faster than a classy person reaches for a beer flight at their homebrew party.
The shape of this Teku glass from Rastal is hypnotizing, and the outward-facing rim means your beer's never smelled better. It's not a cheap glass, but it's deserving of its rather ridiculous price tag.
Entry-level homebrewing kit, because let's be honest—you're not ready to fully commit to this hobby just yet
Easy there, tiger. Don't make a huge dent in the ol' credit card just because you got kind of drunk the other night and decided that brewing beer was "totally" your "next big thing." Homebrewing isn't the cheapest hobby in the world, and you've got other stuff to do, so why not try this Brewery in a Box kit first and see how you like it? Let's call it a dry run. If you mess up no one has to know.
While we're at it, take some notes in this homebrewing journal. This way, if you mess up, you can consult the journal later on and go, "Well I'm never doing that again!"
Beer mustard for corndog-dipping, sandwich-spreading, or meat-marinading
If you're not a fan of mustard, keep on scrolling, but just know that I've lost all respect for you. Nothing—not even serving me a flight of homemade beer in a classy beer flight—can rectify this.
Beer mustard is a delicious, tangy option when pairing hot dogs and pretzels with a cold pint. This three-pack variety from Sierra Nevada is less than $20, or you can go straight to the top-shelf with Plochman's Kosciusko.
The last coasters you'll ever buy (probably)
One look at this set of six coasters from Enkore and it's easy to understand why they're consistently some of the highest-rated coasters on Amazon. Get a load of that sturdy silicone texture, and the grooves on the bottom that keep 'em in place. These are space-age coasters that look like they're from a movie about science. I hope someone won an award for designing them.
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