Go­ing beyond beer for beer lovers

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - 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.


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


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