The Seven Best Gifts For Beer Lovers
All those lovey-dovey holiday commercials making you feel guilty about your Christmas shopping procrastination? Don't. According to a survey from the National Retail Federation, only about 11 percent of shoppers had finished up their gift list by December 13. So, everyone's doing it. (Or not doing it, as the case may be.)
If you've got a special beer geek, craft brew nerd, or hops lover on your list, consider yourself lucky. Buying for a fan of beer can be as easy as a gift certificate to Total Wine (or Funky Buddha, Due South, etc.) or a case of tasty brew. For something just a bit more personal, check out the Clean Plate Charlie beer geek gift guide after the jump. Cheers!
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7. A subscription to a beer magazine
A beer fan is gonna pontificate about suds one way or the other. At least by regularly reading up on the topic, they'll have something of substance to say in between sips. A few to consider: "All About Beer," $19.99 for six issues or $38.99 for twelve, allaboutbeer.com. Or, "Beer Advocate" (which has a digital option), $14.99 for twelve issues, beeradvocate.com/mag/.
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6. A seat in a beer class at Total Wine
This beer lover's haven frequently hosts affordably priced classes that explore a range of beer drinking experiences, from the various types of beer available to niche brews. In January, the store is offering "Tap These!" an introductory level course to explore left-of-center choices. Classes are about two hours and cost $15 and require in-person registration with payment. View the class schedule to select your store location and date.
5. A mix-and-match six-pack
While you're at Total Wine signing your favorite hops fan up for a class, swing by the aisle(s) of single bottle craft beers available and put together a mix-and-match sixer. Know your recipient's favorite style? Great; load up on the imperial stouts or ultra hoppy IPAs. Or, stick to a theme, like winter brews, Florida beers, or "beers with a dog/fish/bird on the label." The good thing about choosing an assortment? Chances are, they'll like at least a few out of the bunch and it may introduce them to something new. Prices vary depending on the cost per individual bottle.
4. Goodies from a local brewery
Loading up on stocking stuffers from a local brewery does double duty: Another gift is checked off your list and you support a local business (bonus if you get to stick around and enjoy a pint after shopping). A great example is Due South Brewing, the Boynton Beach brewery that's quickly picking up steam in South Florida. They carry everything from bottle opener key chains, to pint glasses and snifters, to men and women's T-shirts. $3 and up, duesouthbrewing.com