It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! And what better way – in our new normal of small, socially-distanced gatherings and recreating close to home – than to help your favorite bartender build out their backyard bar! And the best part? You can make it happen from the comfort and safety of your couch. After building out our own backyard bar, here are some of my top gift items this holiday season!
Breeo X Series 24
No backyard bar is complete without a fire pit! The Breeo X Series comes in range of sizes, but we really thought the 24 inch diameter model was the perfect size a backyard patio bar. This fire pit is made In the US and features X Airflow technology to better circulate air and keep the fire burning hot. But the most impressive part is the multi-use aspect. Thanks to the built-in sear plate around the outer edge of the fire pit, you can actually cook burgers, steaks and more while enjoying the fire. (Image courtesy of Breeo)
Filson x Buck Knives Collaboration 106 Compadre Axe
What better way to keep that fire pit kindling at the ready than with the Compadre Axe? Filson and Buck Knives teamed up to create a stellar, made-in-the USA, hatchet-like axe with a sharp, blaze orange blade for high visibility and chip resistance. And, the ultra-comfortable handle features a dry finish resin-layered Tin Cloth making it impervious to water, sweat and chemicals. (Image courtesy of Filson)
Elevation Beer Company Galactic IPA
What better way to celebrate winter and this Colorado-based brewery’s anniversary than with a delicious beer? Cue Elevation Beer Company’s Galactic IPA. This hazy IPA is brewed with galactic hops and features romas of passion fruit, melon, and citrus. It’s slightly pungent and fully delicious. Available at their brewery in Poncha Springs and delivery to over a dozen other states via their website. Back porch lounging just got a little better.
Yeti 16oz Stackable Pint
Forgo the koozie and keep your and your family and friends’ beverages insulated in a Yeti. Their 16oz Stackable Pint makes them easy to store and the great color selections let your friends and family choose their own (color) adventure – and know which drink is theirs! (Image courtesy of YETI)
New Holland Beer Barrel Rye Whiskey
Rye Whiskey is always a favorite of mine and the New Holland Beer Barrel Rye is absolutely delicious. If you’re looking for a journeyed whiskey, this might just be the one. New Holland’s Beer Barrel Rye journeys first through new American oak barrels and then the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk barrels before being bottled and send to the masses. It features aromas of vanilla and allspice, leading to flavors of honey and almond, before a lingering, spicy finish. It’s delicious alone, but also makes a stellar cider/bourbon beverage or Hot Toddy for the winter months.
Klean Kanteen Cocktail Kit
I’m a fan of shaking, not stirring and the Klean Kanteen Cocktail Kit does just that! The kit comes with an insulated 320z TKPro with pour-through cap and cup (making it the perfect cocktail shake-and-pour vessel), two 8oz Insulated Tumblers and a 4-pack of 10oz Steel Cups if extra drinks are needed. We’ve taken this kit everywhere from backcountry huts to backyard barbecues and enjoyed every drink with it! (Image courtesy of Klean Kanteen)
Ooni Frya Wood Pellet Pizza Oven
With all these beverages being served up, the backyard bar is likely ready for some good eats! The Ooni Frya Wood Pellet Pizza Oven is the perfect addition to any backyard bar. It’s compact, easy to use, easy to clean and makes one (or as much as you want!) delicious pizza! I love the lightweight Ooni pizza peel, and paired with the infrared thermometer, it’s a perfect gift for the pizza lover bar tender!
Patagonia Provisions Organic Savory Seeds
Crunchy, organic, and available in three varieties, Patagonia Provisions’ Organic Savory Seeds are a great option for the crunchy-snack lover. While the Chipotle Lime a personal favorite (pairs well with just about everything), their Mellow Curry and Classic Barbeque are also delicious. This COVID-friendly snack option has a range of healthy seeds and spices that will compliment any backyard bar. (Image courtesy of Patagonia Provisions)
Seton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites
Chewy, flavor-packed and delicious, Seton Farms Pistachio Chew Bites are a great chewy-sweet snack option for a COVID-friendly backyard gathering. They are individually wrapped, made with delicious pistachios, and are gluten/dairy-free and non-GMO. While we’ve munched on these during backcountry ski days and bike rides, they’re also a great go-to for the backyard. (Image courtesy of Seton Farms)