Holiday gifts for the beer drinker
All tapped out of gift ideas? If you know someone who loves lager, we've got a few suggestions for what to leave under the tree this holiday season.
Beer Making Kit
Would there be any achievement greater for a beer lover than making a tasty batch of his or her very own from scratch? Enter Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Kit. Pick one of nine jaunty flavors, including Jalepeño Saison and Everyday IPA, and you'll get everything you need to make a gallon of the good stuff. (Brooklyn Brew Shop, $40)
Hopside Down Beer Glass
An upside-down bottle shape inside the glass will keep any beer icy-cold. No more need to worry about your hands warming up the beer inside. Also this unique shape doesn't allow condensation to form outside of the glass, which means no more need for a coaster! The glasses are also dishwasher safe which is great for a quick and easy cleanup! (Amazon, $11)
The Rare Beer Club Membership
If your connoisseur appreciates a cold glass of hard-to-find hops, a membership in the Rare Beer Club is the perfect pick. Each month, recipients get a shipment of limited-release brews (like Viven Smoked Porter). Even better: You can customize your installments, so if you see an upcoming beer that he or she has already tried, you can skip it or switch it out for something different. (From $32 per month for 2 big 750-ml bottles per shipment to $69 for 6; Beer of the Month Club)
The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover's Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation
This handy book is an interactive gift of the best kind. Your beer lover can page through author Christian DeBenedetti's picks for the best pubs near you and sample the draughts in person. Try to hitch a ride on the journey so you too can take quality sips at haunts including Anchorage Brewing Co. in Alaska and the Gowanus Yacht Club in Brooklyn, New York — and everywhere in between. (Amazon, $15)
Brew-Opoly Monopoly Game
It's the game of Monopoly, except with beer! This game is a perfect way to have some fun on any night of the week! The game features bar items as game pieces and increase the property values of your microbreweries by selling and buying your favorite beers to your friends! This game is sure to take any beer lovers fun to the next level! (Amazon, $21)
Beer Lover Street Sign
Is your beer drinker ready to tell the world that he is a beer lover? This Beer Lover Blvd. sign is sure to announce to the world the love of the hops drink that your beer drinker is sure to have! Spice up any bar with this sign, and get ready for the cold drinks to be poured! (Amazon, $9)
And don't forget the ultimate inexpensive stocking stuffer!: Print out President Obama's special White House Honey Brown, Honey Porter and Honey Blonde home brew recipes on fancy paper, roll 'em up like scrolls and bequeath them to your hops hound as a bonus.