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.
This isn’t just any old Bushwick Bar. At Starr Bar, 10 percent of the bar’s profits go to nearby Mayday Community Space, an organizing center that presents community-oriented public programming and supports social justice initiatives. It hosts everything from dance parties to film screenings to political discussions, but locals looking for a cold beer can also drop in anytime for a drink. Try cocktails like the Muckracker, made with Bulleit bourbon, Bailey’s and cold brew coffee, or the Snowden Vesper, a combination of vodka, gin and lillet blanc topped with a pickled onion (both $12). A selection of eight beers on draft (all $7), several more in cans and five easy-drinking wines by the glass should keep you happy, too. Drop by for the happy hour from 5pm to 8pm every weekday to score select cocktails for $7 and a Narragansett and shot pairing for $6.
Venue says: “Our kitchen is open! Grass-finished burgers, Vegan burgers, Chicken Mofongo & more! Happy Hour 5-8pm daily. Events: fb.com/starrbarbk”