Going beyond beer for beer lovers
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.
The Probably Beer cup from Swag Brewery is an enamel coffee mug that will make people think a beer lover is always drinking beer — even when he or she is in fact drinking coffee. Brilliant! $14.99, swagbrewery.com Tough, durable and able to stand up to most any rugged use or travel, Yeti soft-sided coolers are an active beer lover’s dream. $199 to $299, yeti.com 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
What to do when you want to nurse a beer while keeping both hands accessible, but there’s no obvious place to set your beer? That’s why the Beer Pouch Sweat, a hoodie from Brew City with a built-in beer pocket, exists. $9.99 to $37.39, brewcityonline.com The YOpener, a handsome, handmade wood bottle opener, leaves the cap undented. And the openers come with a touching back story: The son half of the father & son makers has been diagnosed with autism and is legally blind. Making the openers is a way that father and son spend time together and connect. $21 to $30, yopeners.com
Plenty of craft beers are too boozy or flavorful for just one person to handle. The ideal solution: halfpint (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
Is Baltic porter a lager or an ale? The Beer Pop Chart, a stylish poster that doubles as a deep dive into the beer family tree, knows all. It begins by distinguishing ales from lagers and stretches out from there, to Baltic porter and beyond. $37, popchart.co
Need a silly stocking stuffer? Here you go. The plastic grip handle from KegWorks turns a beer can into a dignified stein. Well, sort of dignified. $3.99 (though cheaper in bulk), kegworks.com