Food and Beverage

Pop & Stop pops open a cold one, stops beer waste

It’s frustrating when a beer drinker opens up a cold one and somebody carelessly knocks it over–especially when it’s an expensive brew. Equally frustrating is when somebody wants to save the rest of that bottle of premium beer for the next day (or up to 48 hours later) after passing out drunk before being able to finish it.The two-in-one bottle opener and sealer Pop & Stop was created mainly to address the catastrophic problem of beer waste.

The keychain-sized product is designed to be portable and replace the bottle opener that many people already carry. It won’t cut your leg if it’s in your pocket and move the wrong way, like some traditional metal bottle openers will. More importantly, it has the added advantage of also serving as a sealing device for a bottle after it’s opened. Backers who pledge $6 will get a molded unit when it ships in May, while those who pledge $8 will get a 3D printed one immediately. The Denver inventor who made it is looking to raise $8,500 by Feb. 21.

There is a huge potential market for Pop & Stop. Unfortunately, it won’t work on some twist-off bottles. So, if the drinker’s favorite beer only comes in that kind of bottle, the product will have little appeal to that person. The molded version has a smoother texture than the 3D printed version, and also features stronger plastic. But the molded version is not recyclable, a distinct drawback.

Camping Food and Beverage

KruzieCooler makes food faster, cruises on anything

KruzieCoolerCoolers are the bulkiest part of any picnic and most only serve to keep food cool. The KruzieCooler has different uses to make eating outdoors even easier. This product boasts different compartments, a bottle opener, bungee cords for convenient toting and large rubber wheels to take the terrain better. While the KruzieCooler does improve upon the traditional cooler design, it unfortunately lacks the pizzazz of the Coolest which has a USB port, lights, and blender attachment on top of the features it shares with Kruzie. KruzieCooler will cost backers $159 and hopes to raise $120,000 on Kickstarter.


Bottle Opener Board helps you slice, opens soda for ice

For those who like to enjoy a beer along with their cooking preparations, Bottle Opener Board (BOB for short) is likely to be your best buddy forever in the kitchen or at the grill. The Bamboo cutting board sports a bottle opener at the end of its handle (or in the corner for the travel size version) so that when you’re on a roll with that knife and somebody wants a drink, you just slide BOB over so your guests can pop their top. Now, if you’re going on a picnic or doing some camping, BOB might be just the thing. However, you might be just as well served by putting a bottle opener on your key ring or making certain to bring along your Swiss Army Knife — unless you’re going to be with an uptight group of stuffy accountants or attorneys and you want an effective conversation starter. For a pledge of at least $9, a backer gets a travel-size BOB (more like Newhart), or for at least $20, a standard-sized BOB (smaller than Saget). Either option has an expected delivery date of June 2014.