I’m not a craft beer snob. I drink the beers I like (Guinness, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, and any summer light beer that’s lime-flavored) and I know that those beers look good in my fridge and taste even better after a hard day at work. What else is there to know? And compared to the wine world, I feel like the beer world is a lot less intimidating to get into. Sure, you’ll face your share if irritating, know-it-all hipsters at gastropubs trying to prove how much they know about the local stout and how it’s better than Guinness (you bite your tongue, bro), but mostly, you’ll find laid-back individuals just trying to unwind with their favorite pints in hand.
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for someone, and that someone happens to love beer, look no further. Here are the best gifts for the beer lover in your life.
With different memberships available based on taste preference, you can really expand your horizon by trying new beers that come in your monthly box. Plus, getting packages in the mail is a blast. Why not give the gift of monthly beer tastings? You’ll be your gift recipient’s hero. For realz.
2. The Oxford Companion to Beer from Amazon
Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beer. Complete with gorgeous images and fun facts about the agricultural makeup of various beers, the technical elements of the brewing process, and local effects of brewing on regions around the world. This is not only a rad coffee table book option, but it’s also a tool to become the beer expert you’ve always wanted to become.
3. Libbey Craft Beer Glass Set from Amazon
A glass for every type of beer! Your guests will love it. You’ll also need these for when your Beer of the Month box arrives.
4. Wooden Beer Caddy from Etsy
The first thing I do when I come home with a variety of beer is to remove the cardboard carrier boxes they come in. They just take up too much space in my fridge. But if I want to bring them with me anywhere, or bring a mix of beers to a friend’s house, I’m screwed. With this wooden carrier, you can have the best of both worlds. Store the box in your pantry, use it for transportation only, and keep your fridge nice and organized.
5. Credit Card Bottle Opener from Amazon
Every beer drinker is always in need of a convenient bottle opener. Some people just don’t have them in their homes. And key chain bottle openers are good, sure. But even better than on your key chain is a bottle opener in your wallet. This slim, sleek bottle opener is the size of a credit card can fit right into a wallet card pocket. Cheers!
6. Brewery Tours
Tangible gifts are always appreciated, but a gift tied to a memory is the best gift you can give. For a beer lover, a tour of a brewery is the ultimate experience. You can see how your favorite beer is made, and most breweries offer in-house tasting events. Here are some of the best breweries in the US to visit:
Sam Adams Brewery – Boston, MA
Odell Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO
Harpoon Brewery – Boston, MA
Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn, NY
Dogfish Head Brewery – Milton, DE
Sierra Nevada Brewery – Chico, CA
7. Beer Soap from Etsy
Guinness is my absolute favorite beverage, but I’m not entirely sure I’d want to walk around smelling like it. This is still a really cool gift though.
8. Mr. Beer Home Brewing Kit from Amazon
Instead of enjoying your favorite beers bought from the store, make your own and take pride in your beer making skills!
Bottoms up and happy holidays!