Christmas Gift Ideas for Beer Connoisseurs
As the Christmas season approaches, it comes time to start scouring the streets for gifts for friends and loved ones. As we all know Christmas shopping can be a challenge at the best of times. A task that becomes even more difficult if you’re shopping for someone with specialised interests. So, what do you get for someone whose specialised interests include all things beer? Well, after no small amount of searching it seems as though there is an excess of potential gift ideas fir for any lover of beer.
A Good Read
Anyone who professes to be a connoisseur of fine ales and lagers will appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the beers he or she loves. Here you might want to pick up a copy of The Brewmaster’s Table by Garrett Oliver or The New World Guide to Beer by the late Michael Jackson. Both of these books describe the world’s major styles of beer, give a bit of history as well as offer tasting notes about the classic examples of each style. Or, if the person you’re buying for is interested in making his own beer, The Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian is a must.
If your friend prefers a shorter read or access to more diverse information, a magazine subscription might be the way to go. “All About Beer” and “Zymurgy” are very informative magazines dealing with everything beer. Both magazines offer great articles about beer, news, reviews of breweries, and lists of beer related events taking place around the country. In publication since 2008, “Beer” magazine promises to be a fun, interesting addition to the world of beerzines.
Gift Baskets and Such
Many department and specialty stores offer gift baskets for all occasions. With a little time and effort you can put together such a basket for the beer connoisseur. Any major city has at least one beer store that offers a stellar selection of craft brewed or imported ales and lagers. Decide on a theme (your friend’s favorite brewery or beer style let’s say) and pick out a variety of beers in that theme. Place them in a gift bag or basket and you’re ready to go. If you don’t know what kind of beer your friend really likes, more and more beer stores offer gift certificates that person can use any time.
There are more and more beer of the month clubs these days than there used to be. Beer of the month clubs can be a little pricier than other gifts, but they offer so much more than other gifts can. First of all, someone else puts your friend’s gift basket together for you. Second, whoever gets this gift enjoys a wider variety of beers than they might otherwise receive. Check the company’s rules and regulations, though. Some companies won’t ship outside the country or to certain states.
Beer collectibles are an opportunity for your friend to build up a killer collection of beer related paraphernalia. The best place to start searching for beer paraphernalia is your local craft brewery. Breweries like Anchor, Brooklyn, and Bridgeport brewing offer a variety of beer mugs, shirts, tap handles and so on for anyone with money to pay. If you live far away from a brewery you want to order from, most will ship within North America and take most major credit cards.
There are also websites that offer collectible items for sale. With a little searching you can find items from now defunct breweries. Anything from beer glasses to tap handles, serving trays and bar towels are out there for the budding collector or serious enthusiast. In addition to websites like eBay and amazon.com, the following sites can help you find whatever collectibles you might track down.
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