If you’re looking for something for that beer geek in your family, and don’t want to get them some Beer Boxers, then here are more than a few ideas. If you are the beer geek in the family, perhaps you could leave this list lying around or leave it up on your computer screen for someone to find.
Great Craft Beer
Well, the most obvious gift for the beer geek is beer. If you’re not familiar with craft beer, a good rule of thumb would be to find something that’s around $10 or more a 6-pack, and it might be even better if it comes in a 4-pack at that price. A single bottle might be easier, so something in the $7 or more a bottle range. Another helpful tip is to look for anything that is rare, limited, or barrel aged. Beer geeks usually love the exclusive stuff.
Brew Your Own Beer Kit
There’s only one thing better than making your very own beer, and that’s drinking it. Beer lovers can enjoy the best of both worlds by brewing their own beer. It’s much simpler than you might think, and kits vary from the low-cost, easy to use Mr. Beer Kit, all the way up to a Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit. With either type of kit you can make anything from your favorite hippy IPA to dark black stouts. Buy the complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit here or a Mr. Beer Home Microbrewery
The Oxford Companion to Beer Book
This book, in the Oxford Companion series, is a bit pricey, but it packs a ton of beer information into 960 pages. Edited by Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, a group of 166 contributors put together information on everything from brewing history to food pairings and beer styles. Some have called it a new encyclopedia of beer, and it’s at the top of the list of new books out for beer connoisseurs. Buy the hardback for around $40 or the Kindle edition for $16.
A Beer Tasting Notebook
With thousands of new craft beers hitting the scene every year, it can be hard, even for the biggest beer geek, to remember what each of them tastes like. That’s why many beer geeks keep a tasting journal – to remind themselves of things like: color, mouthfeel, taste, aroma, and more. This helps to keep track of what beers you’ve tried, as well as what you thought of each one. Really, you can’t call yourself a beer geek unless you’re keeping track of what you’ve had. We recommend this one from our friend Dave at 33 Books because it fits easily into your pocket and has a cool graphic chart to track your taste preferences. Buy a beer journal starting at $7
The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. Book
Written by Greg Koch, brewmaster at Stone Brewing, along with co-founder Steve Wagner and spokesman Randy Clemens, Stone has never been shy about promotion craft beer, especially their own. In The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance they share a little bit about the brewery’s history, philosophies, and several recipes which incorporate Stone’s beers. Known for beers with names like Arrogant Bastard and Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, their beers are good, and you’ll read plenty about what makes them so. Buy it for around $20
Beer Tasting and Hops Appreciation Kit
This kit will teach you how to savor beer aroma and flavor with this complete hops kit, a unique and enlightening beer gift. It includes everything you need to taste the hop flavors you’ve been missing. It’ll help to train your nose and palate to recognize the complexities of your favorite brews and will bring your beer tasting to the next level. The kit includes 13 different hops to allow you to detect the hop flavors and aroma in beer, an aroma palate cleanser, a quick start guide, a beer color swatch chart, a hop cheat sheet, and a beer appreciation guide. Buy it for around $50
Tasting Beer Book
Author Randy Mosher teaches some of the top brewers in the world on this topic at the Siebel Institute of Technology. In this book he explores and explains the tasting experience, guiding readers to a better understanding of how every batch of beer is affected by recipe formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation, filtration, packaging, and much more. You’ll learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the major beer styles. No matter what you’re experience is with beer serving and tasting, we guarantee you’ll learn something from this book. Buy it for around $12.
Stainless Steel Growler
Growlers are a convenient way of being able to take home some fresh draft beer from local brewery. These growlers are not only stylish, but can keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold for more than 12 hours. The double-wall technology also prevents condensation on the exterior of the bottle as well as any kind of temperature transfer from whichever type of beverage the bottle is holding, regardless of whether it is hot or cold. Get this stainless Steel Growler for around $25.
Once you get the growler filled, you’ve got to get it home, but how do you do that safely. For the car you can use this handy Growler on Board, which is made of low density foam, giving it insulation similar to a can koozie. If you’re on your bike, you’re not out of luck, there’s a Growler Cage you can buy to tote your growler along with you.
A Cool Bottle Opener
Most craft beers don’t have twist off caps, so you’ll need a bottle opener. Why not get one that serves a dual function, one that’s easy to carry, or one that’s just cool to use. There’s something for every interest, whether you’re a fan of Stone Brewery’s style, Thor, Star Wars (or this Star Wars one), or biking and hiking. There’s just about everything you can think of – a ring, an iPhone case, and even apair of sandals with a bottle opener built into it. Finally, there’s the classic church key. If you get stuck without a bottle opener, you can read the Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills, to teach you how to open a bottle without an opener.
The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution Book
In 1975, there was one craft brewery in the United States; today, there are more than 2,300. The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution is based on thorough research as well as interviews with all of the most influential names in craft brewing since the 1960s. This book was called an “Excellent history of the American craft brewing movement,” by Slate Magazine, and currently has 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Buy this book today for around $15.
The World Atlas of Beer
This comprehensive, fully illustrated volume on beer is more than just an in-depth history, it’s also a detailed overview of more than 500 of the greatest beers from around the world, with sections devoted to major beer-producing countries and regions, including information on craft brewing, emerging markets, extreme beers, future-trend forecasts, and more. Buy the book here for around $20.
Soap and More Made from Beer
If you love to drink it, why not bathe in it? Bath soap made with craft beer of every variety, from IPA to wheat and stouts. Some have real ground up hops, so it’ll smell just like a hop farm in the shower. Need to wash your hair? Try BROO, a style of shampoo made with craft beer – it also comes in styles from Pale Ale to Porter. You can also make your lips even more kissable with some Sierra Nevada Hops-N-Mint lip balm made with their beer and hops.
Shower Beer Buddy
Does your beer lover take their craft beer everywhere? We mean, everywhere… If a shower beer is necessary, the Shower Beer Buddy lets you do it with class. It suctions on to any flat surface to hold your cold beer while you enjoy a hot shower. No more fumbling around, trying to find the perfect place to balance your beer so that it doesn’t get suds in it. Buy one here for around $10.
Food and Craft Beer
Some say that good craft beer is like a meal, so why not combine it with food. You can make your own beer bread with a mix from Tastefully Simple, or get some gourmet beer cheese to put on your beer bread sandwich. In fact, Rogue Ales has their own creamery, and makes some excellent Rogue Creamery cheeses. How about something sweet like beer brittle or hop candy. You don’t necessarily have to have beer in your food. You can make an excellent beer pairing with the help of The Best of American Beer and Food: Pairing & Cooking with Craft Beer Book.