Holiday Gifts for Beer Lovers

by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2005
How about really getting creative this holiday season? For once, think outside the box and head straight to the bottle instead: Give the gift of beer! With just a little concentration and searching, you should be able to pull together some truly amazing and exciting gifts for all those beer lovers close to your heart. To save you some time, here are some of our worthiest selections:

Growler Pack
Hit your local brewpub and pick up a fresh growler (or two) of beer. Most places will also sell branded pint glasses, so grab a pair of those, and then ask the bar for some new coasters to go along with them. While you're at it, why not add a brewpub T-shirt? Then, when everything is ready, arrange your gifts in a metal pail and add some brown packing paper as protective filler. You're done! To achieve optimum freshness, try to purchase the growler(s) within a day or two of giving the gift, and remember to keep the beer refrigerated.Holiday Gifts for Beer Lovers

Glassware Set
Every beer lover needs a complete set of glassware in his or her beer arsenal, so stop by your local Crate & Barrel (or a similar shop) and purchase one of each of the following: flute, goblet, mug, pilsner, pint, snifter, tulip, Weizen and an oversized wine glass. Obviously, there are more pieces available, but these are the basics that should allow the gift receiver to properly enjoy a wide range of beer styles.

For more info and pictures, check out our article on Glassware for Beer.

Beer and Cheese Pack
Pair a selection of beers with some artisan cheeses. Include some quality crackers, accompaniments, meats, and consider throwing in a suitable glass for the beers (i.e. - a generic tulip glass for say Belgian-style beers). We recommend visiting Formaggio Kitchen in either Cambridge or the South End. There you'll be able to find both beers and cheeses. On-line orders are available.

Homebrew Kit
Now, this is the gift that keeps on giving! Without doubt, a self-brew kit is a perfect idea for the person who has too much spare time and who likes to be hands-on with his or her hobbies. For around $100, you can find a decent starter homebrew kit. For guidance, search for local homebrew shops near you using BeerFly.

Homebrew Sans Mess
Making your own beer can be a gruesome task, even apart from the tedious cleanup that goes along with it. The Brew-On-Premises (BOP) concept lets the self-brewer be hands-on, but it leaves the brewing out of the home. It's perfect for the person that does not have the time, patience or room to brew at home.. For a little over $100 it will yield 72 - 22oz bombers. For more info, search BeerFly for BOPs near you.

Beer Fest Tickets
Tickets to a beer fest, preferably tickets for the 3rd Annual Extreme Beer Fest on Feb 11th 2006. VIP Tickets are almost sold-out and tickets for both sessions are moving quickly. You can also check out our Beer Calendar for more festivals around the world if your deep pockets want to give more.

Brewery advertisement collectibles, commonly called Breweriana by the beer geeks, are not just that wall of beer cans that have been collecting dust in you basement. Many antique stores will have old beer bottles, beer trays, bottle openers and even posters. Some even have collections of old brewery ads from magazines, which look awesome when framed. The best source we have found yet is simply:

Beer of the Month
If you're lucky enough to have a friend or relative who does not live in a strict Puritan state, you can go ahead and send them beer! Each of the following sites should be able to inform you if they can accommodate shipping beer to a particular state.

Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club - Rare says it all. For the beer hunter that does not travel much.

Beer Across America - This is the original “Beer of the Month Club,” a fine pick for the American craft beer lover.

Books on Beer
For the bookworm that loves beer "Beer School: Bottling Success At The Brooklyn Brewery" is a new non-fiction that gives the reader an entertaining view from two entrepreneurs. Another interesting read is Sam Calagione's "Brewing Up A Success: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery". Most bookstores will have a small selection of beer books ranging from homebrew to glossy coffee table prints and should be located within the food & drink section. Or check out:

Brewer's Weekend
Perhaps the ultimate gift this holiday season is a weekend stay at a brewery that features a brewer's dinner, hands-on brewing and just an onslaught of beer in general. Examples: The Woodstock Inn ( in N. Woodstock, NH, has packages ranging in cost from $200 to $300 for the weekend. For a more intimate setting, The Norwich Inn ( in Norwich, VT, doubles as a brewpub that produces the line of Jasper Murdock Ales. Rates are $70-$150 a night, not including beer and food.

BeerAdvocate Gear
Lastly is a shameless plug to sell our own gear that helps support the running of the site and then some. We have three new T-Shirt styles, Zippered Hoodies and more. Even the brothers have to eat ... check out our brand new online store:

Happy Holidays, and of course ...

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