Barware

Does what you drink your beverage from matter? After more than a decade of tasting, we can categorically tell you that your barware or glassware is a key component of any drinking experience. In this section we review glasses, decanters, dispensing equipment, aerators, and even bar knives.

Top Barware Posts:

Does Glass Shape Affect the Way a Whiskey Tastes?
Hopsy Home Draft Beer System
Experimenting with Beyond Barrels Bottle Aging Staves
Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System

Review: 1571F Beer Caramelizer

By Christopher Null | September 17, 2018 |

Ever wanted to combine your love of beer with your love of burning things? Now you can, with the strangest booze-related product to hit the market all year: The 1571F Beer Caramelizer. Think of the Beer Caramelizer as a cattle brand for your IPA. You place the collapsible/extensible brand in a hot fire — preferably…

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Review: Fizzics Waytap Beer Dispenser

By Christopher Null | September 12, 2018 |

2016 brought us the ingenious Fizzics beer dispenser, letting you turn bottles or cans of beer into a simulacrum of the draft experience via a dispensing system that works a lot like a tap. The original Fizzics works pretty well, but it’s a bit large and a bit expensive. So, enter the Fizzics Waytap, essentially…

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Review: Don Chelada Michelada Mix and Cups

By Christopher Null | July 30, 2018 |

Don Chelada is all in on micheladas, that classic combination of Mexican beer and spicy chiles that is Mexico’s answer to the bloody mary. Don Chelada offers two ways of making a michelada at home. First, rim a glass with spices, pour in your beer and add a couple of ounces of Don Chelada’s liquid…

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Review: Chisholm Trail/Stölzle Lausitz Jarritos Tequila and Mezcal Glassware

By Christopher Null | February 19, 2018 |

Does glassware make a difference? Whether wine or spirits, you bet it does. And that’s probably why Romeo Hristov has turned his attention to glassware for tequila and mezcal, where aroma plays a key role in a high-end tasting. Hristov explains: Since late 2016 Stölzle Lausitz GmbH (a German glass manufacturer that makes, among other items,…

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Review: Coravin Aerator

By Christopher Null | February 6, 2018 |

The Coravin system is one of the biggest advances in wine dispensing, solving the problem of how to drink a glass or two of wine from a pricy bottle without having the rest of it spoil. But what if it’s a wine that needs aeration? Dealing with the Coravin is a two-handed process, so you…

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Review: Root7 Geo Glasses

By Christopher Null | November 13, 2017 |

My daughter recently asked me, “How do you review a glass?” Pretty simple, I said: How does it look, and how easy is it to drink out of. Root7’s new Geo Glasses tumblers merit a discussion on both fronts. Hexagonal in shape, the glasses feature gold accents (or jet black (pictured), as you prefer) on…

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Review: Waerator Instant Wine Aerator

By Christopher Null | October 30, 2017 |

If the Waerator looks at all familiar, it’s because it is almost exactly the same device as another wine aerator we reviewed a year ago. Check out our Aervana review and you’ll get the gist: Aside from some color differences and a slight change in design, the only major twist with the Waerator is that…

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Review: Coravin Screw Cap

By Christopher Null | October 12, 2017 |

One of the (decidedly minor) challenges of the Coravin wine preservation system is that it doesn’t work with screw-capped wines. Because the system involves a thin needle piercing the cork, allowing the cork to re-seal after it’s withdrawn, it just isn’t possible to use it on a metal screwcap. Now, says Coravin, the problem is…

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Review: The Spice Lab Special Touch Premium Mixology Case

By Christopher Null | May 26, 2017 |

Nothing’s more fun than ordering a high-end cocktail at a bar and receiving it with a wacky ingredient or garnish — maybe a flaming star anise or an edible flower, slowly leeching its color into your drink. Well good news, campers: Now you can recreate some of these experiences at home, thanks to The Spice Lab’s “Special…

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Neat Idea: These Shorts Can Open Bottles

By Christopher Null | May 17, 2017 |

Here’s a problem: You’re on the beach and someone throws you a beer. The nearest opener (and even your keychain) is hundreds of yards away. Now what? If you’re wearing Island Daze’s BBO shorts, the problem is solved. In a minor stroke of genius, the company has sewn an opener directly into the pocket flap.…

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