With Thanksgiving still a week away it might be a bit premature to start talking about Christmas and Hanukkah, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about what gifts to get your loved ones. And besides, every single store out there is already completely decorated for the season.
I understand that it can often be extremely difficult in finding the perfect gift for the men in the family. I mean what do we really enjoy? Sports, Beer, Movies, Music, Beer, Video Games, Beer. We really do love beer. Well, I’m here to give you a few options for the beer lover among your family and friends. There are a ton of great options for this holiday.
The Oxford Companion To Beer – Edited by Garrett Oliver
This is THE book to get this season. This expansive book is the first reference work detailing the history and culture of mankind’s greatest creation, Beer. Read about beer pairings, pub games and the development of beer styles from around the world. $40 from Amazon
The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.:Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance
Written by CEO & Co-founder, Greg Koch, this book details the 15 year history of Stone Brewing Co. from Escondido, California. The book offers plenty home brew recipes of popular Stone brews, such as Stone Smoke Porter, as well as plenty of cooking recipes, if you’re into that sort of stuff. $14 at Amazon
Homebrew Class and Kit
The best way for someone to learn more about beer is to make a batch of their own! Classes are most likely held at your local homebrew shop for no cost or a very minimal fee. Search BeerAdvocate for the shop nearest to you. They will guide you through the whole process and if you buy a kit you will have ready to drink beer in 3-4 weeks. This could quite possibly be the best gift ever. If you’re family member has already joined the homebrewing community, how about purchasing them an upgrade. I’m sure they would love a new kegging system so they don’t have to waste time and money by bottling. Just ask them what they’ve been drooling over lately. We homebrewers tend to nerd out over our brewing set ups. Kit Prices range from $75-$150+ depending on type of equipment.
Just like wine, beer is best served in its proper glass. There are a whole range of beer glasses and one could possibly have a unique glass for every single beer they drink. There are shakers, pilsner glasses, goblets, nonic pints, snifters, tulips, and many more. Treat your beer right and pour it into a glass.
A Beer-cation (Beer + Vacation)
Do you want to get a gift that will keep on giving? A gift where you can spend time together? Then how about planning a trip revolving around beer. From Portland and San Diego to Asheville and Chicago, there are plenty of beer filled American cities that are worthy of your vacation time and money. Take a tour of the local breweries and eat/drink at the many local brewpubs. If you’re a little more adventurous, how about planning a trip abroad. Belgium and Germany would make great places to spend some time away from home. Enjoy the great brewing abbey’s of Belgium with their dubbels and wild ales. Or take a tour through Munich and Berlin sipping the great hefeweizens and lagers.
And Everything Else
These are only a few options for the suds obsessed person in your life. Other simple gifts include brewery t-shirts and clothing, beer decorations, that rare bottle of beer that they’ve been talking about for months, or quite simply a sixer of their favorite beer.