The common adage is that dog is man’s best friend. This is mostly true, but men also have a secret best friend, one who remains hidden until the opportune moment, one who gives you a fuzzy feeling and always makes you feel better. That secret friend is the hip flask.
The hip flask which found fame during the 1920s prohibition and within comedy as an agent of inappropriateness has been around in different forms since medieval times, where the gentry would keep their distilled alcohols in gutted fruits.
"Having a hip flask is also the true gentleman’s ideal accessory."
Modern day hip flasks are more commonly made of stainless metals and are an almost mandatory gift for a young bachelor at some point in their life. The question is; why do you need one?
The hip flask used to be perfect for gentlemen because it allowed men to consume their favourite malt at any given moment, this was also in the times where drinking at work was more acceptable, rather than a ‘serious conduct violation’, later on it became a classy way of distinguishing yourself from the crowd of lager drinkers, and in modern day it has retained these wonderful uses and gained more myriad.
With the 21st century recession, making booze became more of a luxury than it has ever been, it is time to turn to the hip flask or comfort. Why pay $10 for a beer when you can sip on your secret stash to get the buzz you want.
If price isn’t your issue, get the flask for convenience. All men have found themselves behind a legion of booze thirsty clubbers at the bar, all vying for attention and preventing you from obtaining your libations. This is the time to sip on your sauce and watch the increasingly desperate crowds beg for attention.
For those of you who are older and no longer have the luxury of attending bars, but instead frequent the family affairs commonly associated with adulthood, the flask can serve you too.
Picture this; you’re at your nephews play, watching the mumbled words and aggressive stage lighting which accompanies school plays, wishing that there was some resolve and reward for your sacrificial act.
This is where your flask comes in, you and any other of the supportive parents and family members may share the drink and form a bond over surviving another re-telling of nativity.
If you don’t know which flask to choose, just consider whether you want a refined stainless flask for work, or one which has some character, or even a conversation starter. When choosing the flask consider when and how you are likely to use it and find the one that fits you best.
The only problem with flasks is choosing the best. Below are the top 10 flasks for your liquor.