Posted on December 11th, 2009
If you’ve been wondering what to get this holiday season for the beer lovers you know, look no further than our holiday gift guide.
Beer of the Month Club – Once a month, the Beer of the Month club will ship a 12-pack of different hand-selected American and international craft beers right to your door step. This is a great way to check out beers not normally disturbed in your area. A member of the Beeriety Team has really enjoyed her subscription, and we’re sure you will too. There are several different price plans available to accommodate a range of budgets. Find out more info at www.beermonthclub.com
Books – There are all sorts of really amazing books out there on all subjects beer; everything from the business of brewing to the history of beer has a book or two devoted to it. Most are available wherever books are sold, but BeerBooks.com is probably the one stop shop for books on beer. Some quick recommendations-
- Pairing beer with food- The Brewmaster’s Table by Garret Oliver, brewermaster at Brooklyn Brewery
- Homebrewing- The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papizan
- Business- Brewing Up a Business by Sam Caligone, brewmaster of Dogfish Head
- History- Brewed in America by Stanley Wade Baron
Posters – The designs used on beer bottles and advertisements before Prohibition were simply amazing. Check out Beerbooks.com’s poster and sign section for a great collection of antique prints that will look great on any wall.
Glassware – As we’ve discussed, the proper glassware is essential for getting the most out of your beer. With so many varieties of glassware there is a lot to choose from. Check out PubGlasses.com for all your glassware needs.
Homebrewing kits – As we explained recently, if you love beer there are lot of great reasons why you should make beer in your kitchen. The first step towards homebrew heaven is getting the necessary equipment. Head to your local home brew supply store or homebrewing.org to order all you’ll need.
Videos – If you haven’t seen it, the 2008 documentary Beer Wars is a must see for any lover beer. It’s a fascinating look at the American brewing industry. Pick up a copy at beerwarsmovie.com. Basic Brewing is a fantastic video podcast about beer and homebrewing by two guys in Northwest Arkansas. If you’re interested in learning to brew but want more than a book to guide you, pick up one of their how-to videos.
Gift Packs – Many breweries will put together their own holiday gift packs which combine several bottles of beer with the proper mug or glass. It’s a simple way to give a beer lover some of their favorite brews and the glassware that goes with it at the same time. Look for them at finer liquor stores in your area.
Beer dinner tickets – Many beer restaurants/bars and brewpubs host beer dinners. This usually consists of several preselected courses of food with specific beers pairings. It’s a great way to see first hand the magic of pairing beer with food. Check with your favorite local beer restaurant or brewery to see what dinners they are hosting soon.
A special beer – No beer lover will ever complain about getting the gift of beer. Why not find something special to show that you really care? Many breweries produce wonderful special brews that make great gifts. Bottles of Thomas Hardy Ale can be found on ebay from as far back as the 1960’s. Fullers produces a great series of vintage ales that will age for decades. Flying Dog’s Wild Dog series are true collector’s items.
These are just a few suggestions. There are plenty of amazing gifts out there for the beer lover in your life. Hit us up in the comments or on twitter to tell us what beer gifts you want this year.