The Anchor “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” Ale is a malty summation of all things early November to mid-January. The beer, first brewed in 1975, changes recipes every year. That said, it’s consistent—not a lot alters, aside from differing roasts and slight variations in spice profiles. Artist Jim Stitt draws a new label each year—choosing a new tree as the focal point. A culmination of excellent craftsmanship and holiday spirit, the 2019 edition boasts subtle notes of cardamom, a mix of other seasonal spices and a faint booziness.
Japan: The Cookbook includes 400 recipes from one of the world’s most respected food cultures—written and collected by food writer Nancy Singleton Hachisu. At almost 500 pages, the book is expansive and sprawls from first to last course by region. Ultimately, the collection forms a comprehensive guide to the nation’s brilliant culinary history.
Haute Chocolate is entirely handcrafted—from the bar itself to the brand’s packaging. Their black sesame bar combines dark chocolate with swirls of black sesame seeds. The crunch and nuttiness of the sesame seeds perfectly juxtapose, and unite, the richness of the chocolate. Price is in Canadian dollars.
After a trip to the heart of bourbon country, Kentucky and Tennessee, Denver & Liely set out to make a glass to designed specifically to enhance the drinker’s experience—much like their handblown whiskey glass. The new one is smooth and intricate with a bold base—much like the drink it was designed for. Price is in AUD.
From unlikely infusions to at-home blending, author and whiskey expert Aaron Goldfarb has accumulated numerous tips and tricks for furthering one’s relationship with the popular tipple. The best of the best appear in Goldfarb’s latest book, “Hacking Whiskey,” in the form of recipes, experiments, advice and tips. As ever-more consumers flock to bourbon, rye, scotch and beyond, Goldfarb’s guidance makes consumption all the more personal—and extra exciting.
Drive Coffee’s newest blend, Trophy, is inspired by the rally races in chase of the Camel Trophy. The races tasked drivers with surmounting the terrain of places like the Mongolian Desert, Sumatra, and Sulawesithe latter two are also where the beans in this blend are sourced from. Each variety in Drive’s collection comes in a signature gas can and tells the story of an akin vehicle or moment in racing history.
Nespresso pods have been subject to scrutiny for their impact on the environment because they can’t be recycled in a traditional manner. (Facilities cannot accommodate items that small or any containing food remnants.) But Volcano is now making Nespresso-compatible pods that are 100% biodegradable and fully compostable—and the coffee inside is just as good. Price is in British Pounds.
Soma makes beautiful, sustainable water bottles, filters and pitchers. It was only a matter of time until their technology was used to create coffee products with the same principles in mind. The Soma Brew Bottle allows you to brew 12 ounces of hot (instantly) or cold (overnight) coffee in a double-insulated glass bottle. Of course, it works perfectly for tea too.
Not only is the VINGLACÉ wine bottle cooler double-walled and vacuum insulated, it’s also much more portable than an ice bucket or multi-item cooler. Made for one single bottle, this product keeps summer wines chilled without ice. Just unscrew the top, put your chosen bottle of wine inside, screw the lid back on, and you’re set for beach outings, picnics, camping and more. This stainless steel option is also fingerprint-resistant, so the look remains clean.
In original and spicy chipotle flavors, CORE + RIND’s two cheesy cashew sauces offer a 100% vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and plant-based topping alternative. Both are rich and creamy, and complement savory dishes. Further, all feature whole ingredients and pack plenty of nutrients.
KARA, in collaboration with design duo Chen Chen & Kai Williams, has made a silver serpentine keychain that’s as elegant and attention-grabbing as it is good at popping bottles. Made from stainless steel, it’s durable and portable—measuring just over three inches long.
Famous for his Bar Tartine burger, chef Chris Kronner is somewhat obsessed with perfecting the great American food. Available to pre-order now, Kronner’s debut book “A Burger to Believe In: Recipes and Fundamentals” includes more than just recipes; it also takes a dive into the philosophy, magic and art of the burger. The hardcover is also full of bold designs and colors that avoid the somewhat cliché style that have permeated cookbooks over the past few years.
Every pack of Dripkit pour-over coffee contains 14 grams of La Basa coffee, a small-batch and single origin medium roast ground bean from Guatemala. And each pack makes one single cup of coffee in an innovative new way, as the pack itself transforms into a notched strainer that rests on top of any mug. It’s the most convenient way to enjoy pour-overs without making too much (or too little). No quality was sacrificed here and the ground, roasted beans lead to a superb brew. Also available for subscription, a 10-pack is $30.
Entirely foolproof, Breville’s Barista Touch has an intuitive touchscreen display that means making your morning brew is super-simple. With a three-second heat up time, built-in grinder, automatic milk texturing, and a pre-programmed coffee menu, it’s an efficient and speedy machine that delivers quality coffee every time.
Elevate your entertaining game with perfectly spherical ice balls, free of bubbles and impurities, made in your own kitchen. The clever Invisiball Ice Kit is super-easy to use: simply connect the two silicone halves of the mold, fill the tumbler with tap water, put the kit into the freezer and wait about 24 hours. All the impurities filter to the bottom, bubbles escape at the top, and the result is a crystal clear ice ball for your drinks.
One of the latest additions to Snow Peak’s portable Field Barista Kit, this high quality coffee grinder takes its queues from professional grade equipment. Made in Japan from stainless steel and iron, the product’s all-important adjustable burr is crafted from ceramic. In addition to being small in size, the grinder can also be taken apart in order to travel better. As expected, it’s also easy to use—simply place beans in and grind.