The appearance of mythical beings and fantastical creatures staring out from the side of your beer bottle might ordinarily suggest you’ve had rather too much to drink. But for Midwest brewers Oliphant, these manifestations are quite the norm. The head of the Oliphant, the imaginary creature that gave the brewery its name, now watches over its range of boutique ales.
Inspired by ancient Mesoamerican cultures and Egyptian hieroglyphics the hand-drawn creature is a fitting guardian for a strange menagerie of craft beers – these include other curious beasts such as Milkman Man-Baby, Dorkness and Land Eels vs Sea Snakes.
We reckon there’s a caution here. If you do over-indulge, look in the mirror the next day and you might see a terrifying snaggle-toothed, bug-eyed creature reflected.
It’s an established ritual in the kitchen. When the recipe demands you add a lug of oil, or perhaps a drizzle, you reach for the familiar bottle and wave it around enthusiastically like an aspiring Jamie Oliver. But now, with the launch Aromissimo flavoured oils, home chefs in Russia are being invited to add a squeeze of oil instead. The range appears in squeezable tubes rather than traditional bottles, adding a premium, almost cosmetic quality to the product. Hand-drawn images of garlic, mushrooms, lemons and peppers on the tubes identify each flavour variant. They also serve as a useful reminder that these oils are intended for cooking. After all, you wouldn’t want to apply them to your face. Especially the pepper variety. Via. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/vegetable-oil-packaging?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Inching your way through early morning traffic can be a pretty bruising start to the day. Not on the roads. Or even on the subway. But before you make it out of Starbucks. Gridlocked between a breakfast panini and a pumpkin spice latte, you’re likely to get more than a little grouchy.
Deep breath. If you’re no longer prepared to stand in line for your caffeine fix, help is on the way. Starbucks is set to launch its own mobile ordering and payment system in the second half of 2015. Place an order on your device and your grande cappuccino will be delivered hot and frothy to your desk. Every day, if you so wish.
The delivery service is an almost inevitable extension of the company’s enthusiastic embrace of technology – more than 12 million customers are already using its mobile app.
As a way to avoid the morning bottleneck, it all sounds good to us. Wonder if they’ll deliver caramel waffles too?
The robots are coming! They’re taking over our cities! Our primitive weapons are useless against their superior technology! Oh, hang on, it’s OK… they just want to show us some cool coffee machines.
Meet Pepper, Nestlé’s android shop assistant. Pepper will be appearing in Japanese electrical stores from December to guide customers through the tricky decisions behind buying a new coffee machine. We know, it’s a process that’s fraught with emotion, but that’s OK. Pepper’s makers claim she’s the world’s first robot capable of responding to people’s feelings by reading their facial expressions and tone of voice.
Given this remarkable ability, we’re wondering whether Pepper will be able to detect irritation whenever extended warranties are mentioned.
Red and white. Red and white. Red and white. Royal purple. Shocking pink. Vivid turquoise. Hold on a second. What’s going on with Diet Coke? In a startling departure from the guidelines, Coca-Cola is offering consumers in Israel the chance to pick up their preferred variety of Coke sheathed in an entirely unique design.
According to Coke, the idea is to ‘convey to Diet Coke lovers that they are extraordinary by creating unique one-of-a-kind extraordinary bottles.’
A special algorithm is responsible for producing each variant and the number of designs possible runs into the millions. So far, 2 million have been produced and Coke’s ‘Stay Extraordinary’ campaign has spilled over onto billboards, each of which is also unique.
Whatever next? Coke goes green? Can’t see that happening anytime soon…
Watch out, whiskey drinkers. Everything you know – or think you know – about taste, process and quality could be about to change.
Having realised that the difference between top-shelf whiskey and cheap whiskey is largely down to the amount of time spent in the barrel and the kind of wood used, some clever chaps have invented a way for you to ‘age’ your own whiskey.
Whiskey Elements, a new patented tool kit, includes a wooden stick which takes on the role of the barrel. It ‘accelerates transpiration through capillary action’, and due to its special design, speeds up the ageing process to under 24 hours.
If notes of oak barrel aren’t enough for you, the kit also lets you add natural flavours – including vanilla, maple and smoky or peaty woods.
Even your most discerning of dinner guests will never know the difference.
What did you do for Halloween? Fashion a costume out of a bin bag and some white face paint? Hide behind the sofa hoping the trick or treaters wouldn’t spot you? Go to bed? Whatever you got up to, it can’t have been nearly as much fun as Masquerade, an interactive, multi-platform experience created by beer brand Dos Equis.
Hosted by the character from the brand’s advertising, The Most Interesting Man in the World, Masquerade invited virtual visitors to a New Orleans manor, where they had to search for a valuable missing possession. Guests could roam the manor both online through the Dos Equis website, and also at bars and parties across the US via virtual reality headsets.
The reward for finding the missing item? Six lucky users won all-expenses paid trips to New Orleans for a real Dos Equis Masquerade on November 22nd, with appearances by Q-Tip and, of course, the Most Interesting Man in the World himself. Better think of some good conversation starters.
Heard of matcha? Until now, the traditional Japanese powder made from green tea leaves has mainly graced the shelves of yoga bunnies and health-food fanatics.
But now the lean, green, energy-boosting machine is coming to the masses with its very own Williamsburg café: MatchaBar.
Founded by brothers Max and Graham Fortgang, MatchaBar serves hot and iced teas, matcha lattes, matchaccinos and other creative matcha drinks, as well as desserts and a food menu by Brooklyn eatery Watty & Meg.
Any guesses as to the colour scheme they’ve gone for?
That awkward blind date. The late-night taxi queue. The interview when you mistook a handshake for a hug. We’ve all had moments when we wished we could just click our heels together and be at home.
From next year, thanks to an app called Dorothy and a dinky device called Ruby, those dreams will (kind of) become a reality.
Ruby slips inside your shoe and links to Dorothy using Bluetooth. When you need to make a quick get-away, all you have to do is click your heels together three times and an action is triggered – like calling a cab with Uber or texting your friends your exact location.
It’s all still in development so don’t get excited just yet. But if you start to notice people around you furiously tapping their shoes together, you’ll know it’s definitely something you said. Sorry.
What does the Jolly Green Giant do at weekends? Where does the Michelin Man go on holiday? Is Ronald McDonald always that cheerful? Unless you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, you’ve probably never imagined the world’s favourite brand mascots going about their daily business.
But that’s exactly what Seoul-based artist Soo Min Kim has done with the Starbucks mermaid. Using the familiar white cups as a canvas, he’s painted a series of scenes depicting her in everyday situations.
Among other things, you can now see her eating a McDonald’s. Clinging to the rail on a train. Putting her make-up on. And driving with the kids in the back. There are also a couple of bizarre mash-ups where she takes on other personas – the Beatles on Abbey Road, a Transformer and KFC’s Colonel Sanders.
Sure beats your name (or a version of it) scrawled on the side in black marker pen.