Kabuki Bottle Opener These sleek and colorful little rounds are styled after traditional Japanese dance masks. At $5 a pop, you can buy them for all your friends. Available at kikkerland.com. $5.
Brooklyn Box SetThe Oxford Companion to Beer---a definitive encyclopedia of brewing and beer styles---is the season's essential tome for hops-heads. In this limited-edition kit, a 750ml bottle of the Companion---a wheat wine brewed in honor of the book's release---accompanies a copy of the book signed by its editor, Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver. Available at the Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7422). $80.
Evil Twin Christmas Eve in a New York City Hotel Room Suds aficionados have pegged Scandinavia as the current It region for up-and-coming international beers---including those from Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergs of Evil Twin. His rich, chocolaty dark imperial stout---named in homage to a Christmas Eve he spent with his family in a New York City hotel room---has been a smash in Europe, but until now the seasonal beer was unavailable in Gotham. Snatch up one of the first bottles to hit New York City shelves for your favorite brew geek. Available at Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Ave between Berkeley Pl and Union St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-230-7600). 11.2oz bottle $12.50.
The Alewife team crosses the East River this fall, debuting two bars, including this Upper East Side hangout. A custom draft system controls the pressure for optimal fizz. To pad the boozing, chef Michael Haigh (the Vanderbilt) will dole out gussied-up bar snacks such as sriracha peas, house-made Cool Ranch chips and truffle popcorn. Keg pallets and lighting fixtures fashioned from plumbing parts decorate the space, including a 65-seat biergarten.
Venue says: “Main Bar: Su-W 11a-2a Th–Sa 11a-2a Cocktail Lab:M-F 6p–2a Sat-Sun 12-2aGrowler Bar: 7 days a week 12-2aEspresso Bar: 7 days a week 6a-4p”