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National Beer Day

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Here at S’well, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t fill our bottles with a cold beer every once and awhile. After all, our bottles are the perfect solution for keeping beer at just the right temperature and carbonated. And boy, do we enjoy an ice cold brewskie on a sunny Spring day. In celebration of National Beer Day, we took the liberty of compiling a list of our favorite beer gardens & breweries in the city. Prost!

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Radegast Hall and Biergarten

In case you didn’t know, Radegast is all the rage. And why wouldn’t it be? Located in Williamsburg with a retractable roof and plenty of communal tables, it’s safe to assume that this beloved beer hall is always packed. The venue offers everything you’d expect and more: 22 beers on tap, 50+ bottled beers from around the world, sausage, and pretzels with their infamous beer cheese. Tables are on a first come, first served basis so be sure to get there early to grab a seat and enjoy some live jazz.

Standard Biergarten

Located under the highline in the Meatpacking District, the Standard Biergarten is one of New York’s trendiest beer halls. Needless to say, this is a place to see and be seen – day or night. Typically glass-enclosed during the winter months, the space transforms into an open-air patio during the warmer Spring and Summer months. Cash in for beer tickets to get a glass as big as your head before you hit the ping pong tables. Bonus: the bartenders are dressed in mock lederhosen.

Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room

Ever since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has been charged with making some of the best beer in NYC. In addition to actually producing their own beer, the brewery also offers tastings and tours of their facility throughout the week. Weekends are the best times to hit this must-try spot. But remember to come early, as lines typically start forming an hour before the doors open. Learn more about tours and tasting hours here.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

As the oldest and one of the largest beer gardens in New York, Bohemian Hall continues to be one of the city’s best spots. Located in Astoria, the garden offers endless rows of picnic tables beneath canopied trees for all your socializing pleasures. There’s plenty of variety of both domestic and European brews, all offered at $6 pints and $16 pitchers.

Spritzenhaus

Last but not least, Spritzenhaus. Another sprawling Brooklyn beer hall located just off of McCarren park. With over 100 beers on tap and a varied menu with endless sauce choices, Spritzenhaus is a must. At 6,000 square feet, the building offers a variety of amenities including a wood-burning fireplace for the cold, open windows for when it’s warm and swanky bathroom sinks with a pedal push feature.

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#UberPuppyBowl

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In case you missed it, yesterday, Uber teamed up with Animal Planet for the #UberPuppyBowl. Lucky participants in the NYC area could request puppies on demand using the Uber app and have a S’quad of pups delivered straight to their door with a Limited Edition S’well Bottle. Every puppy drafted for Team Fluff and Team Ruff was up for adoption and provided by either Bidawee, Liberty Humane Society or The Humane Society of New York.

Team S’well was lucky enough to share some time with the MVP’s from Team Fluff. Needless to say, we could barely handle the level of cuteness these tiny guys were bringing. Check out some of our favorite moments from the day in the gallery below.

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Find out more about Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl here. For updates on what’s going on around S’well HQ, follow us on Snapchat (@swellbottle). Scan the QR code below to add us as a friend. We promise to keep things interesting.

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S’well Turns 5

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It’s that special time of year again… S’well’s birthday! We are officially 5 years old and are ready to celebrate in s’tyle! Our customer loyalty has been the best gift of all through these years, so in return, S’well wanted to give gifts to 5 lucky winners! Enter on our website for a chance to win 1 of 5 mystery bags. We’re giving away prizes from some of S’well’s best friends:

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· Nourish Snacks · Gray Malin · Tocca · Birchbox · Lolli Swim · Pily Q · Samudra · Aloha · Out of Print · Rachel Zoe · Urban Ears

ENTER HERE. Winners will be picked on Friday September, 18th at 9:30AM EST and announced at 11AM EST.
*Contest is limited to residents of the US and Canada.

NYC, stay tuned for some more exciting birthday celebrations to come!

The S’well Team & City Harvest

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Team S’well had the amazing opportunity to participate in two volunteer food rescues with City Harvest right in our backyard at the Union Square Green Market.

City Harvest discovered 30 years ago that up to 40% of the food produced in the United States goes to waste. They began the food rescue process where they safely recover the surplus of food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, farmers markets, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms, and distribute it to people in need. We met up with the City Harvest team to help the food rescue process. The team was excited to spend time bonding and doing something good together.

We’re so proud to say that in our two trips we collected 155 bags of produce (5,950 lbs) and 30 bags of bread (410 lbs) coming out to a total of 6,360 lbs of food to be delivered within their network of soup kitchens, food pantries and community food programs which help New Yorkers facing hunger.

Gifts Dad Actually Wants

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We’ve composed a Father’s Day Gift Guide with insight from the dads around our office, to give you an idea of the gifts dads actually want.

Greg, our COO and dad to Amelia & Victor, said, “Since both kids will be in college next year, what I really want is a DIY Smartphone Projector ($27) and London Chimney S’well ($25-45) to match.” For the techy dads, other mentioned gifts were Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker ($129) and a Fitbit Charge HR ($150).

For the dads who are young at heart, you can’t go wrong with a playful pair of socks; we especially like these Paul Smith Socks ($30).

Leo, our Senior Web Engineer and dad of Celine & Zoey, wants a ticket to jet set with his S’well. He told us that, “The Turquoise Blue S’well reminds me to take my next vacation at a Caribbean beach.”

For the dads who reach for a stiff drink after a long day (don’t we all), we recommend the Copper Moscow Mule Mugs ($20) or if they like to get creative with their drinks, check out this Whiskey and Rum Making Kit ($75).

The Stone Collection is ideal for the active guy, as Gregg, our Key Accounts Sales Manager Amie’s dad says, “The Onyx S’well bottle fits perfectly in my bike for weekend rides with the family. I appreciate knowing that my bottle can come off the bike and into my golf bag to provide a cool refreshment on the course later in the day.”

If you still can’t decide, go for a classic gift like the Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($40) and pair it with a Silver Lining S’well ($35).

Looking for a deal this Father’s Day? Our bottle of the month this June is the gender neutral Tahoe Dusk | Satin Collection at 15% off, while supplies last. If you’re a procrastinator living in NYC, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square where there are tons of S’well styles to choose from at our Summer pop up.

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Gov Ball: NYC’s Best Kept Music Secret

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Governor’s Ball Music Festival, aka GOV BALL, is NYC’s best kept music festival secret. Tickets are substantially less expensive than Coachella and other major festivals but the line up is just as impressive featuring headliners Drake, Lana del Rey, the Black Keys and Florence and the Machine. Those of us in the office attending are currently preparing our ears on Spotify with our custom made playlist.

If you don’t have tickets you can follow along on our Spotify playlist here. We’re clearly most excited to see Drake and Florence and the Machine but other highlights from the festival include the Lana del Rey, Odesza, , ASTR, Little Dragon, Flume, Ratatat and the Black Keys.

Luckily for our taste buds, the Infatuation partnered with Gov Ball this year to curate the food vendors. Our favorite #EEEEEATS include Luke’s Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mighty Quinn’s, Taqueria Diana, Van Leeuwen, Tacombi. Our stomach’s growling already thinking about it!
We are even excited about Gov Ball’s location on Randall’s Island- just a ferry ride from Manhattan gives you an excuse to be on a boat with some fresh air outside the city.

And it goes without saying to make sure you pack your favorite color S’well bottle and fill it at the water stations throughout the venue to stay hydrated in between visiting the beer tents and never ending acts.

Unlike Drake’s mixtape, if you’re reading this it’s NOT TOO LATE to buy tickets, still available here. Also not too late to get a S’well bottle in time for the festival, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square for a wide variety of S’well bottle colors and styles at our temporary pop up shop. You may just come out of there with one for you at Gov Ball and one for Dad for Father’s Day…

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Pour a Fiesta in Your S’well this Cinco de Mayo

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We mustache you a question, but we’ll shave it for later… because Cinco de Mayo is here! Put those Derby hats away and take out your sombreros! We are ready to celebrate the best way we know how; drinking margaritas out of our S’wells and eating guacamole. Of course we can’t forget nachos and piñatas hanging around filled with candy we’ll be sure to nosh on later. So grab your amigos and celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the real beginning of Spring!

For you New York City dwellers, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best celebration spots:

Roberta’s, the infamous Bushwick pizza haven, is serving up tacos and margaritas in their outdoor tiki bar.

Empellon Cocina in East Village is hosting a prix fixe Cinco de Mayo menu with unlimited margaritas, beer and house wine for $70

If you’re craving a rooftop fix and a Mexican feast at the same time, Salvation Taco, the Mexican restaurant on top of the Pod 39 hotel will do the trick.

Mission Cantina is an office favorite. If you’re feeling more like a Netflix marathon to bring in the holiday, get their super burrito to go (or delivery). It may or may not be the best burrito this side of California.

Javelina is a new Tex-Mex spot just a few blocks away from the S’well HQ and is high on our list so if you try it before us, please let us know the verdict. We hear the avocado margarita is the way to go.

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For those of you outside of the empire state, we wanted to share with you our favorite margarita and guacamole recipes. Your homemade margarita will taste even better in a S’well sitting at your local beach/park.

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S’well at MBFW | NYFW

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Once again, this season S’well joined Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to provide bottles to their VIP event attendees. We created a three-piece exclusive limited edition collection of 9oz bottles from the Stone Collection; Moonstone, Amethyst and Smokey Quartz featuring exclusive MBFW designs by Richard Haines.

Additionally, S’well was excited to create custom bottles for designers like Cynthia VIncent, Zimmermann, BCBGMAXAZRIA, and Opening Ceremony for their NYFW shows and backstage.

The bottles looked as chic as what was coming down the runway and were the perfect fashion week accessory as team S’well attended BCBGMAXAZRIA, Zimmermann, Charlotte Ronson, Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Opening Ceremony and Carolina Herrera New York Fashion Week shows.

 

 

 

Jam with us to our “Jaded” Spotify Playlist

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As mentioned in our previous blog post, we’ve been feeling like we’re living in an eternal winter here in New York.  But we know the end is near and we all will defrost soon.

We’ve got some good times coming our way at SXSW this month! We’re excited to be apart of this year’s Spotify house during SXSW Interactive hosting SoulCycle in the mornings and amazing artist performances throughout the day/evening.

Team S’well has been compiling a playlist of tunes we can’t get out of our heads in hopes to get us through the remaining weeks winter a little bit faster. If you have a Spotify account, search for “swellbottle” and check out what we’re listening to. If you don’t already have it, download Spotify and jam to our “Jaded” playlist.

Winter got you feeling jaded too? We’re kicking off the last month of cold weather by taking 15% off 9oz and 25oz Jade from now until March 31st, while supplies last. Shop now.

 

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Spotify x S’well that will be featured at SXSW Interactive.

Winter in the City

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We’re going to be honest; winter in New York City can be brutal. We’d love to let it go and say that the cold never bothered us anyway, but the cold is really starting to bother us. There’s no escaping the bone chilling cold, those gusts of wind that can sweep you off your feet or the feeling that it’s never going to stop snowing. Even still, team S’well has been braving the weather to explore the wonders of winter in New York City.

A stroll through Bryant Park is fitting for any season. But in the winter, the famous Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain freezes over, stopping tourists and New Yorkers in their tracks. The icicles hanging over the granite fountain resemble a crystal chandelier.

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Frozen Fountain at Bryant Park

Lucky for us, our new office is located conveniently close to The City Bakery, home to that famous hot chocolate you see everyone posting on Instagram. And we totally get the hype. The rich cocoa is not to be compared and warms our bellies when we can’t feel our fingers.

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The City Bakery infamous Hot Chocolate

 

LOVE is in the Air

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February is here and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the pressure is on for the perfect gift. Diamonds, chocolates, roses – they’re so last year. This year is all about S’well bottles and a fresh box of donuts! Recipe for success:

Take your 25oz Sparkling Champagne filled to the brim with bubbly on a night out with your special someone. The vacuum seal will keep the champagne carbonated to ensure your night really sparkles. Feeling poetic? Write a love note on your Valentine’s S’well bottle with our Chalk Ink pens. Lucky for you, the chalk ink wipes off easily with a wet cloth so if you aren’t ready to commit to the L-word…

Can’t decide which color to go with? We recommend Sparkling Champagne & Pink Champagne pictured below from the Glitter Collection. Enter our PIN IT TO WIN IT contest on Pinterest for a chance to win one of these bottles. Make sure to pin this photo and tag #swellbottle. The winners will be announced on 3/15.

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And for all of you still thinking about the donuts, the best donuts in NYC are from Dough, just a few blocks from the S’well bottle HQ.

 

S’well Team Day

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This week, S’well joined forces with 826NYC to volunteer at their Brooklyn location. 826NYC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving and expanding the creative writing skills of NYC students. They achieve this through workshops, tutoring, field trips, and much more. S’well was very grateful to be a part of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” workshop, where we helped schoolchildren to create their own adventure book. Since everyday at S’well has been an adventure, we were very excited to create these books!

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Katie is helping the kids to create their own adventure story

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Charlie and Lana hard at work

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Veronica is inspiring young artists

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Joyce is putting her excellent typing skills to work

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S’well loves stories!

After a fun writing session, we decided that we would check out the fabulous Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store connected to the 826NYC classroom. There they had capes, secret identity kits, and even devillainizers. S’well’s favorite gadget was the cape tester, where we showed off our best superhero moves in the greatest superhero gear.

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D is working the cape tester

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Charlie is enjoying his new cape

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S’well lives by the superhero honor code

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The S’well team is in their favorite capes

This was a fulfilling experience, and we would like to thank all of the other volunteers and staff who make 826NYC possible!