The Beer Nut offers a few ideas for great gifts for the beer lover in your life.
While you’re thinking about gifts this year, don’t forget about the beer lover in your life. Sure, they would love that plaid sweater and those really warm wool socks that you were thinking about getting them, but what they really want is beer-related gifts. Those who love craft beer would love to discover a package full of beer wrapped up under the tree, or some other type of gift that has something to do with beer.
Here’s a handy-dandy gift guide for the beer lover in your life. They’re all gifts I’d love to receive, so I’m sure your loved ones would, too.
The easiest, and one of the most appreciated, is beer gift sets. A lot of breweries release special mixed packs for the holidays, often featuring their best beers and glassware.
Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown, N.Y., is featuring a gift package with three 750-ml bottles of beer and a great glass. I’ve received this pack multiple times and I use the glasses all the time.
The Chimay gift set from Belgium is another favorite. It features all three of Chimay’s beers, and again, a nice glass.
Another beer pack that would make a good gift is the Christmas in Belgium pack put together by Shelton Brothers Importers. It features six Belgian winter beers including Winterkonikske and Pere Noel, as well as the Sour Power mixed pack that features two bottles each of three sour beers.
One good gift is the Jolly Pumpkin/Maui Brewing Company collaboration Sobrehumano Palena’Ole. The pack comes with two cans of the Maui version of the beer and one 750-ml bottle of the Jolly Pumpkin version of the beer. It also comes with a cool looking glass.
I keep mentioning glassware because beer geeks really like different glassware. Each beer needs a different glass – pilsner glasses, nonic pints, tulips, snifters etc. You can never have enough. I’m up to 120. There are many online resources to find some top-flight beer glasses, and that could be a great gift.
A "kegerator" also makes a great gift. These aren’t cheap, but for someone who really enjoys beer, it is an amazing gift. Imagine being able to get a fresh pint of beer on tap at home anytime you want.
If the beer lover in your life is like me, they love to read about beer. There are many excellent beer books available. Some of my favorites include "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" by Adrian Tierney-Jones, "The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food" by Garrett Oliver and "Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer" by Maureen Ogle.
Page 2 of 2 - Other gift ideas include gift certificates to a favorite beer bar, brewpub or liquor store, or a day of brewing at a brew-on-premise business. Another gift idea is a personalized mixed pack of beers that you pick out on your own. Does the person you're buying for like hoppy beers? Buy them a bunch of double IPAs or maybe a mixed pack of some local favorites.
Any of these gifts will be well received and make for a great Christmas morning, and after drinking a few of the gifts, it will make for an even better Christmas night.
Norman Miller is a MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News staff writer. Email email@example.com or call 508-626-3823. Check out the Beer Nut blog at blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/realbeernut or on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/beernutnorman.