Be­yond beer for beer lovers

Red Eye Chicago - - Gifts - By Josh Noel

The beer lovers in your life don’t only love to drink beer, you know. They also en­joy read­ing about beer, think­ing about beer and wear­ing sweat­shirts that en­able them to drink beer more ef­fec­tively. With that in mind, here are some op­tions to dazzle the beer drinkers in your life this hol­i­day sea­son.

For the home brewer who doesn’t quite want the has­sle of brew­ing, there’s Pico, a coun­ter­top “home brew­ing ap­pli­ance” of­fer­ing more than 100 recipes — or the abil­ity to cre­ate your own — with min­i­mal fuss and cleanup com­pared with ac­tual brew­ing. $399 or $599, pi­co­brew.com

CRATE & BAR­REL

Plenty of craft beers are too boozy or fla­vor­ful for just one per­son to han­dle. The ideal so­lu­tion: half-pint (8-ounce) tum­bler glasses from Crate & Bar­rel. Per­fect for shar­ing that 16-ounce can of triple IPA or im­pe­rial cof­fee stout. Avail­able as a sin­gle for $2.95 or a set of eight for $20.95, crate­and­bar­rel.com

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