Everything at Hydro Flask is 25% Off Right Now. Here Are 6 Things to Buy

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Hydro Flask

Fourth of July is coming up, and that means backyard barbecues, trips to the lake, and long-weekend sales. A number of companies are already offering discounts ahead of the holiday, including Hydro Flask, which is knocking 25 percent off prices across its website through the Fourth. Now is the time to get water bottles, coolers, and other products to keep your food and drink cold all summer. Oh, and everything Hydro Flask sells comes with a lifetime guarantee, so don't be afraid to splurge. Here are five things we're buying (and one bonus).

1. National Parks-Themed Water Bottle; $30

Three water bottles
Hydro Flask

With designs inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and Olympic National Park, these water bottles are the perfect companion for summer adventures. Stay hydrated while hiking or simply park one on your desk and stare at it whenever you wish you could be in the great outdoors rather than in the office. Like all Hydro Flask bottles, the National Park bottles feature double-walled vacuum insulation that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours. They're available in 21-ounce and 32-ounce versions (though the latter is currently out of stock). There are also designs honoring Yellowstone and Joshua Tree, but they seem to be sold out right now on the Hydro Flask website. (You can get them in both sizes from REI, though, which is also offering deals for the Fourth of July.)

Buy it here.

2. Tumbler; $16 to $30

A man holds a Hydro Flask straw tumbler while a dog places its head on his lap.
Hydro Flask

Available in 12 different colors (some of which are available at an even steeper discount) and two sizes, Hydro Flask's insulated tumblers are an eco-friendly choice for your beverages year-round. They'll keep your hot coffee warm for six hours or your iced coffee cold for up to 24 hours. The 22-ounce and 32-ounce tumblers are narrow enough to fit comfortably in the hand or a cupholder, but have enough capacity to keep you caffeinated all day. (They're also great for frozen drinks.) The tumblers come with a sip-through lid, but you can also get a straw lid as an add-on.

Buy it here.

3. Cooler Backpack; $169 to $206

A man perches on an outlook wearing a yellow cooler backpack
Hydro Flask

Whether you're hauling beers to the beach or frozen vegetables home from the grocery store, the Unbound soft cooler packs—available in 15-liter or 22-liter sizes—provide a watertight, hands-free way to keep things cool. Weighing less than 3 pounds, its lightweight insulation is designed to keep contents cold for 48 hours, so you don't have to worry about melted ice cream or hot cans of soda.

Buy it here.

4. Cooler Cup; $19

A woman holding a Cooler Can
Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask's new Cooler Cup does double duty as both a travel cup and a can/bottle cooler. The 12-ounce insulated cup features a removable sleeve that locks in cans or bottles to become the perfect koozie, or you can insert a tumbler lid (the 10-ounce wine tumbler lid fits perfectly) and use it to take a beverage on the go. It would make an excellent addition to any backyard barbecue or summer picnic.

Buy it here.

5. Food Flask; $22 to $26

A Hydro Flask food flask with strawberries in it
Hydro Flask

Give yourself an airtight reason to pack your own lunch. These 12-ounce and 18-ounce stainless steel food flasks can keep your lunch at the perfect temperature for up to four hours. The screw-top lids won't spill in your bag, either.

Buy it here.

Shop the full sale at HydroFlask.com through July 4. Use the code COLDH20 at checkout for 20 percent off and free shipping.

6. Not on Sale, But We Still Recommend It: Hydration Backpack; $165 to $200

A mountain biking woman wears a Hydro Flask hydration pack
Hydro Flask

For adventures that require more than one water bottle, Hydro Flask recently debuted a line of hydration packs that are an elegant, compact upgrade to your average CamelBak—though you can't get them quite as cheap. Unfortunately, the Journey Series hydration packs aren't included in the otherwise site-wide sale right now, but as long as you've got free shipping, you might one to consider one anyway. Unlike most hydration backpacks, you don't have to worry about your water getting warm with the Hydro Flask version—the company's new Cold Flow technology uses an insulated reservoir and a neoprene sleeve to keep your water cold for four-plus hours. A back panel that holds your bag slightly above your back prevents heat from transferring from your body, even when you're working up a sweat. It's perfect for long bike rides—get the 10-liter version if you're mostly looking to carry water and a few snacks and supplies, or the 20-liter version if you want more space.

Buy it here.

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This Automated Tea Machine Brews Tea Bags and Loose Leaves With the Convenience of a Keurig


The convenience of Keurigs has changed the way people get their morning coffee, but for tea drinkers, the options have been far more limited. Though companies have released their teas in K-cup pods, you’re usually beholden to a more limited selection in terms of flavor variety and leaf type. The BRÜ is looking to change that by giving tea drinkers an automated brewing machine that allows for full customization, like temperature control, cup size, and the option to actually choose from your favorite loose-leaf teas and bags. With more than $180,000 in pledges raised already, the BRÜ has shattered its $30,000 goal on Kickstarter. But you can still get your own machine for just $95 by heading here before the campaign ends on November 1.

The BRÜ looks just like a Keurig in many ways—there’s the water tank, the familiar spout, and the drip tray. But with this machine, you're in control of far more. If you want a small cup of strong, bagged green tea, it's just a few button presses away. If your friend then wants a weaker glass of loose-leaf white tea that's not too hot, it can be ready in minutes, all without the hassle of dealing with a traditional kettle. With its stretch goals already reached, the company is even working on a setting for cold tea, which will brew a small but concentrated cup of hot tea, then dispense chilled water on top of it.

If you act fast (like fast, fast) you can still score the $95 BRÜ package, along with a glass mug. The next tier starts at $115 and includes a similar haul, but this time it’s for the BRÜ+ machine, which the company says dispenses the water in a way that actually cleans the tea chamber after each cup.

The BRÜ won’t be available for the holidays, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift this Christmas, you’ll receive a gift card voucher. Orders are expected to start going out for delivery in April 2020. For more information, head to the BRÜ Kickstarter page, where you can become a backer until November 1.

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11 Amazing Gifts for the Beer Geek in Your Life

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Whether you're picking out a gift for the beer lover in your life or just want to grab something for yourself, you're going to want to do better than the same old “Will Work for Beer” T-shirt that you've seen a million times before. That's exactly why we compiled a list of the best beer-related artwork, books, and accessories to complement your love of suds.

1. The Very Many Varieties of Beer; $40

PopChart Labs's Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer Poster.
Pop Chart Lab/Amazon

It can be hard to find tasteful home décor that reflects a love of beer. Luckily, Pop Chart Lab has you covered. The design outfit has created a number of beer-themed posters over the years (sadly, the scratch-off beer poster is no longer available), and The Very Many Varieties of Beer is their most awe-inspiring. The 24-inch-by-36-inch poster maps every type of beer style available, along with its suggested glassware, so you'll never again confuse a porter with a stout.

Buy It: Amazon

2. uKeg 64 oz Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer; $149


Growlers offer a great way to bring home a beer that doesn’t make its way into cans or bottles, but they’re not perfect. Unless you plan to drink all 64 ounces in a single sitting, you’re likely to end up with flat beer. Presenting, a solution: The uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler uses a CO2 cartridge to ensure that the last pour from this growler is as lively as the first, and its custom tap makes it easy to pour one out.

Buy It: Amazon

3. The Oxford Companion to Beer; $43

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Beer lovers can be a little obsessive about their passion, and if you’re shopping for someone who’s thirsty for knowledge, there’s no better place to start than this comprehensive reference. Edited by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the Oxford Companion crams an incredible amount of information about beer culture, history, styles, brewing methodologies, and more into 900 pages. Even the most well-versed know-it-all will learn something from this text. And if you’re shopping for a beer-loving foodie, Oliver’s classic book The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food makes an excellent gift, too.

Buy It: Amazon

4. USA Beer Cap Map; $35

USA Beer Cap Map on Amazon.
Beer Cap Country/Amazon

Brewers keep making more intricate and beautiful bottle caps, and it’s a shame to just chuck that art into the trash each time you pop a bottle. If your giftee is trying to drink their way through all 50 states, this fun wooden map helps them keep track of progress while preserving standout caps.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Libbey Craft Brews Beer Glass Set; $30


Pouring a beer into a glass enhances the whole sensory experience each sip offers. By allowing the user to better see and smell what they're drinking, the glass is a valuable aid in fully enjoying each brew. And since different shapes of glasses suit different styles of beer, a beer geek’s glassware collection can never be too large. While there’s a dizzying variety of cool brewery-branded glassware on the market, this six-piece set from Libbey covers all the bases and enables your favorite beer geek to sip everything from dense Russian imperial stouts to refreshing German hefeweizens. Plus, at just $30, it's a steal.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit; $48

Beer Making Kit.
Brooklyn Brew Shop

With a little know-how and the right recipe, home brewers can make beers that rival the offerings of their commercial counterparts. If someone on your list wants to dip their toe into the home brewing waters, Brooklyn Brew Shop offers kits that come with almost everything they'll need to make a gallon of beer. With styles ranging from Everyday IPA to Chocolate Maple Porter to Jalapeño Saison, there’s something for everyone.

Buy It: Brooklyn Brew Shop


Swag Brewery.

For a number of reasons, it can be hard to enjoy a delicious, hoppy IPA whenever you want one. Enter the next best thing: catching a pleasant whiff of brew. Swag Brewery crafts soaps made with real beer. Available in nine varieties—including oatmeal stout, IPA, and Belgian witbier—these soaps will finally give you even more reason to wash your hands.

Buy It: Amazon

8. The Comic Book Story of Beer; $15

The Comic Book Story of Beer.
Ten Speed Press/Amazon

There are centuries of history in every pint you drink. And in this punchy comic book by writers Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith, with art by Aaron McConnell, you can learn about the story behind beer, from its most primitive days as a curious drink fermented in clay pots to its impact on European culture and its rebirth as a booming industry after Prohibition.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Coasters with Built-In Bottle Openers; $18

Beer coasters with built-in bottle openers.

These stainless steel beer coasters don't just feature cool art that any hophead can enjoy, they also double as bottle openers to make your brew a bit more convenient. This is one of those ingenious products that makes you just sit back and wonder why you never thought of it.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Westmark German Hermetus Resealer Bottle Opener; $10


Downing an entire 22-ounce bomber of a boozy imperial stout or double IPA in a single sitting can be a delicious but questionable decision. With Westmark’s clever bottle opener, saving part of the bottle for the next day is a little easier. The Hermetus opener pops caps like normal, but once your giftee is ready to call it quits, it slides across the top of the bottle to form a tight, bubble-preserving seal.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Beer of the Month Club; $40 and up

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Don’t overthink this. If you’re shopping for a beer lover, you can’t go wrong by simply getting them what you know they love—beer. Craft Beer Club takes the guesswork out of choosing the right brew by sending out 12 or 24 bottles of craft beer (in four different styles) with each shipment. You can choose from monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly packages.

Buy It: Craft Beer Club

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