Do you have a beer fanatic on your gift list? I mean somebody that really takes their beer seriously? Do you want to get them something that really shows them that you understand their passion? Well, this year we’ve decided to give you a few ideas to get those juices flowing when it comes to picking the perfect holiday gift for the hophead on your list. Cheers!
Made-for-Beer Glassware Set
And you thought that only wine snobs got special glasses for their beverage of choice. How about giving a set of beer glasses you’d be proud to own. This set, made by German glass experts, Spiegelau, is crafted with high-quality durable dishwasher safe crystalline, and features four different glasses: Lager, Stemmed Pilsner, Tall Pilsner and Wheat Beer. All of which enhance the aroma, head, and taste of various beer styles. Now your beer lover will never have to experience the pain that comes from drinking a hefeweizen out of a pilsner glass.
Beers of the World 10-pack
What beer lover wouldn’t jump at the chance to experience a truly international piece of beerdom? The 10 beers presented in World Market’s Beers of the World multipack will take your beer lover on a barley and yeast fueled journey around the world, all without the jetlag and intestinal distress. This sampler includes brews from Ireland, Belgium, Mexico – among others – so you can really get a feel for what it’s like to get drunk in several different countries.
Sure, lights and candy canes are great, but the beer nerd you have to buy for wants something more their speed. Nothing says the holidays have arrived like the glittering majesty of a Christmas tree resplendent with hand-blown glass ornaments in the shapes of a frosty beer mug and classic beer barrel. These hand painted tree trimmings from The Wine Enthusiast (yeah, they do more than wine) are so detailed they just might have you trying to blow the foam off the mug.
$14.99 (set of two)
Beer Bottle Cap Dog Tag Holder
Colorado’s Bristol Brewing Company, brewers of the award-winning Laughing Lab Scottish Ale have just the thing for the craft beer lover with a soft spot for Man’s Best Friend. Their Bristol Dog Tag holder is fashioned out of one of their bottle caps, and is made to fit most round engraved and license tags. It has a rubberized Hoppy Dog casing to protect it during those wet doggy adventures, and it’s even certified water resistant up to 8-inches. According to the website, that’s standard wading pool depth.
The BeerTender Home Draft System
What guy doesn’t want the ability to have cold, fresh draft beer anytime he wants without having to leave his house to get it? I, for one, love the taste of beer straight from the tap, and there’s just something great about pulling back a tap and filling a fresh pint glass. Now you can give the gift of a man-cave sized keg with the BeerTender from Krups and Heineken. It takes the scaled-down DraughtKegs you see in the beer cooler (available in Heineken, Heineken Light, and Newcastle Brown) at your favorite beverage store, and chills it with its built-in cooler. There’s even an LCD screen that provides keg level, temperature, and freshness.
American Homebrewer’s Association Membership
Give the homebrewer on your list a gift that’ll keep on giving long after the holidays are over. Order the gift membership online and your favorite beer maker will get a gift card in the mail that’s good for an entire year of membership in the AHA. Perks include a subscription to Zymurgy, the longest-running homebrew magazine filled with tips and recipes, exclusive pub discounts, member’s only pricing at AHA rallies, and the inside scoop on all of the country’s greatest beer events.
Beer Brewer’s Weekend
How about an entire weekend devoted to the art of brewing craft beer? How about an entire weekend in a beautiful B&B in the White Mountains of New Hampshire? Now you can give a gift that will make the beer lover and their significant other happy at the same time. Woodstock Inn B&B just so happens to be a craft brewery. They offer a Brewer’s Weekend package that not only includes a reception on Friday and meals on Saturday but the chance to rub elbows with, and learn from, actual on-premise brewmasters. Word is, you will sweat. But you’ll also get a t-shirt and great beer. Not a bad trade off.
$125/person (not including lodging)
FoodSaver® Vertical Design Vacuum Sealing System
If you’ve got a homebrewer on your list they’ll appreciate this bad boy. Sure, you can marinate meat with it and impress friends with your sou vide salmon, but when you tell them how great it is for keeping their hops fresh it may never even see a dinner entrée. Since air can quickly ruin the quality of fresh hops, keeping them out of it is crucial. The FoodSaver, which actually sits upright to take up less counter space, quickly vacuum seals their hops from the evil elements so they can be stored in the freezer, safe until brew day.
Personalized Beer Gear
What beer lover wouldn’t want their very own set of personalized pilsner glasses? How about a 1-liter beer boot complete with the message of your choice engraved right on the side? Yeah, a liter of beer in a glass boot. Sure says Merry Christmas, doesn’t it? You can get these and a lot more beer gear ready for your personal touch at the Personalization Mall. They’ve got everything from coasters to steins. Now the next time they tip a cold one back they’ll think of you.
The Clicker Universal Remote with Built-in Bottle Opener
There’s nothing worse than having to extricate your ass from the warm, cottony confines of your sofa during hour 5 of a 7-hour Red Dead Redemption play-a-thon, just to hunt down a bottle opener to crack open that next beer. If there was only some way that you could change the channel and open a beer at the same time. This holiday, give the gift of a remote that can truly call itself unique. The Clicker is the only universal remote control with a built-in bottle opener. Not only can you program it to work with up to eight devices, you can open a cold one while you do it. Now that’s multitasking worth celebrating.