Top Gifts For Beer Lovers

Gift Ideas for That Hard to Buy for Beer Geek

I don't know about you, but there are always a few people on my list for whom choosing gifts is especially difficult. They either seem to have everything that they could possibly want or I have no idea what to get them. If you have someone like that on your list who loves beer, here are a few gifts that they will certainly enjoy.

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    Buy Them a Beer Online

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    You can offer someone a beer by going to several websites. John Howard/Getty Images

    This works especially well with distant friends and here's how it works:

    1. You go to a website that offers this service.
    2. You buy your friend a beer (or pretty much any kind of drink) by, essentially, giving them a gift card.
    3. They are contacted by the site with the news that they now have a credit to go out and have a drink on you.

    Want to give it a try? Check out Beer2Buds.com or BeerGram. Each site works differently and relies on participating bars in certain locations, so check them both out.

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    Beer Magazines

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    There are some really good beer magazines out there and this is the gift that keeps giving for an entire year, which is always a nice idea.

    • All About Beer, US - Every issue is packed with industry news, articles that study beer in depth, and a rating section that rates hundreds of beers.
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    • Beer & Brewer, Australia, and New Zealand - A quarterly that features industry news, beer, and food matching, home brewing tips, and beer tasting notes.
    • Draft, US - This magazine focuses on...MORE beer drinking culture. Glossier and with a little less depth than the others, it is good for idle thumbing.
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    • Beer Advocate, US - This is the ultimate craft beer lover’s publication from the owners of BeerAdvocate.com.
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    Beer Books

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    Every year there are new books about beer on the shelves. Here are some recent titles of interest:

    • Red, White, and Brew by Brian Yaeger - This is an entertaining book about one man's beer odyssey as he explores the American craft beer scene, one brewery at a time.
    • Christmas Beer - This wonderful little book features reviews of author Don Russell's fifty favorite Christmas beers as well as some entertaining histories and anecdotes about Christmas beer.
    • The Brewmaster’s Table - Perfect for...MORE the gourmand beer lover, this book explores the pleasures in the relationship between real beer and real food.
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    Collecting beer memorabilia is something that all beer lovers to do at one level or another. Whether it be a labeled pint glass or two from favorite breweries or a rare 19th-century bottle from a long gone brewer, these items represent brand loyalty, devotion to the brew, and the owner’s particular love of beer.

    You can find signage, glasses, bottle openers, keychains, and all sort of other things from you beer lover’s favorite brewery. If the brewery itself doesn’t have a website with items for...MORE sale — and most do these days — then you can usually find collectibles from many breweries on eBay.

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    Beer-themed clothing will also go over well with most beer lovers. Make sure, though, that if you are buying something that is branded that it is a brand that your beer lover actually likes!

    Most breweries sell t-shirts and caps. Some also offer pants, jackets, gloves, and pretty much any other article of clothing that you could think of with their logos emblazoned on them. Check the website of a specific brewery for options.

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    Beer!

    I suppose that this is a rather obvious choice but one worth mentioning. Nothing would make me happier that a six-pack of good beer on any holiday or for my birthday and I’m sure most beer lovers would agree.

    Whether you go all out and pick out a beer gift basket or just go down to the liquor store and pick up a pack of your beer lover’s favorite, nothing can top the perfect simplicity of this gift.

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    If a six pack of good beer seems a little lame (it’s not!) then a membership in a beer of the month club might be the direction you want to go.

    There are a number of clubs that will send your beer geek a new brew every month of the subscription and it is a surprise every time.

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    Does your beer lover have the proper glassware to serve Pilsner? Hefeweizen? Belgian ale? If not, it could be up to you to fix that!

    There is a wide selection of beer glassware available ranging from the classic to the corny and every beer drinker would love a new glass or two.

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    This is a little pricey, but if your beer lover has a home bar — or dreams of one — a kegerator would make a perfect gift.

    These little refrigerators are designed specifically to hold and keep cool a whole keg of beer. Kegerators have quickly become one of the must-have items in any man cave and if yours doesn’t have one yet, then now would be a great time to get in on the action.

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    The ultimate beer lover’s gift has to be an entire vacation based around beer. This growing niche of the tourism industry can take you all over the world in pursuit of the ultimate beer trail. As a gift, of course, it is beyond pricey but if eternal gratitude is what you’re looking for, then a beer based holiday is perfect.