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Beer monsters

Beer monsters

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.

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I want caffeine, and I want it now

I want caffeine

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.

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Masked brew-saders

Masked brew-saders

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU_RRraqQPY

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.

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Perfect matcha

Perfect matcha

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.

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Click up your heels

Click up your heels

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.

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The fairest in the brand

The fairest in the brand

If you’re going to sell products with supposed beauty benefits, your brand should probably look beautiful too.

Which is why American ‘nutraceutical’ company Borba has replaced its bright, slightly gawdy appearance with a crisper, cleaner aesthetic. Cue square bottles, small white labels and an uncluttered layout.

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Hotel California

Hotel California

You’ve just arrived at your hotel. A nice porter has carried your bags to your room. And he’s now hovering by the door expectantly.

If this situation is enough to bring you (and your wallet) out in a cold sweat, you’ll be delighted to hear that Aloft Hotels has announced the debut of robotic butlers, or Botlrs, at its Silicon Valley location.

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Faster food

Faster food

“Wait a minute, I’ll just take a picture before you start.” If your food is forever going cold because your friends insist on snapping/filtering/Instagramming every meal you have, you need to book a table at The Secret Restaurant.

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Pizza face

Pizza face 1

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJFayU3sDok

Too tired to cook? Too weary to make a call? Too exhausted to type? Wow. You should see someone about that. And that someone is ‘Dom’, the new voice-ordering app that lets you order pizzas from Domino’s just by speaking into your phone.

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Feel-good shopping

Feel-good shopping

Eco-friendly. Upcycled. Community-focused. Artisanal.

No, we’re not playing buzz-word bingo. These are the four categories of product stocked in Nordstrom’s new shop within a shop: TMRW TGTHR. (That’s ‘tomorrow together’ for anyone who hasn’t used a mobile phone.)

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