The Wine Hook

Last month I was sent a sample of The Wine Hook, a cute little device intended to secure a wine glass to a chair with an armrest. A few days later I had the perfect opportunity to try it out, as I was attending an outdoor theater event. I found it to be very secure it’s made of sturdy ABS plastic and fairly easy to attach to my lawn chair. Although it has wine in its name and the opening in the holder fits perfectly to hold a wine glass, I was drinking beer that night, and found my Belgian-style tulip glass worked just as well as a wine glass. As the holder has a diameter of 1and a half inch, basically any glass with a stem should work. I also see it being a handy device to use when attending a dine-around event, as it would easily attach to a firm plate and free up your drink-carrying hand so you can get at the food.

The Wine Hook is available in colors of black or pink and the SMRP is $9.99. For more info and to purchase, visit www.thewinehook.com.

Twang Beer Salts

Once again I have offered up my body as a human guinea pig, testing a product so you can have some info before making your decision about purchasing it or not. This time it’s the line of beer salts from Twang. By now we’re used to drinking beer with myriad ingredients added, so why not flavoring salts. Beer salts are not something new, but the variety of flavors offered did surprise me. According to Twang, the company “creates a line of premium flavored, salts, sugar and spices that create an additional level of flavor to enhance the taste and drinking experience of beer of all varieties and cocktails. Beer Salt is a citrus flavored salt used to dress the rim of longnecks and beer mugs. Salts are a very popular addition to beers in many places around the world, specifically in Latino cultures, which originated from the tradition of adding citrus and salt to beers.” The makers also recommend that it is perfect for domestic lager, Mexican import, Belgian wheat ale or beer Rita.

I was sent samples of Lemon + Lime, Lime, Hot Lime, Orange and Michelada Especial blend of tomato, lime and chili to give flavors of a Michelada, each of which are packaged in the shape of a mini beer bottle. I proceeded to experiment with each, using a bland yellow macro-brew beer which shall remain nameless, and as directed, added a dash of salt to the rim of the glass before pouring the beer. Here are my findings based on an unscientific sampling of one person’s experience.

Lemon + Lime…almost like drinking a Sprite or Seven-Up if it was a beer…enjoyable and different

Lime…reminds me of Corona with a lime, but salty

Hot Lime…Being a lover of all things hot and spicy, I was especially looking forward to this one. The heat was there, especially in the aftertaste, and I could see this going great with chili or meat-heavy dishes.

Orange…like the lemon lime, it reminded me of a salty orange soda, also enjoyable.

Michelada Especial…tomato comes through, reminds of a Bloody Mary if it could be a beer.

As beer is not the only drink suggested to try these salts with, I also experimented with tequila and bourbon and found similar results, but the flavoring of the salts were less pronounced than when tasted with bland beer.

Worth mentioning is that each salt added a very pleasant aroma that prepared your senses for the taste you were about to experience, so remember to sniff before sipping.

The salts are made in Texas and the company has been producing them since 1986. In addition to beer salt, they also make a variety of snack toppings. For more info, recipes and to purchase, visit www.beersalt.com. The beer salts sell for $12 for a six-pack, which comes out to $2 per bottle.