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Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

It’s the day before Christmas and you forgot to get your favorite beer lover a present. Amazon ships quickly, but not that quick. So what do you do? Here are a few last minute gift ideas for the beer lover. One quick note, none of the links given are sponsored in any way (even via affiliate programs).

Sitting at home

Don’t want to leave your keyboard, me neither. Here are some easy gifts to get people from the comfort of your own home:

  • American Homebrewers Association membership: ($38) It’s good for brewers and non-brewers alike. With the brewpub discount program, you could be saving your favorite beer lover a good chunk of change while promoting craft beer
  • Magazine Subscriptions: ($16-$23) I often enjoy reading about beer and learning about what is going on in the industry. There are a number of magazines out there for beer drinkers and brewers. They are inexpensive and easy to give.
  • Beer eBooks: ($0-$30) I love my Kinlde so I have a bunch of beer eBooks for it. The prices range from free up to $30 or so. You do not need a Kindle to read eBooks. If someone you know has an computer, tablet, or smartphone, they can read Kindle books. All you need to know is their email address if you are ordering off of Amazon.
  • Gift Cards: There are a number of homebrew shops that offer gift cards. Either support your local homebrew shop or use the big online retailers like Midwest Supplies or Northern Brewer.

Going out

If the online thing is not your last minute dig, here are some physical options:

  • Beer: Go out to the store and grab a six pack of craft beer. Better yet, get one of those sweet gift sets that come with appropriate glassware.
  • Homebrew Shop: Head over to your local homebrew shop and pick up something nice. Most shops will have all of the items I mentioned in the online section. They will also have enough equipment and/or ingredients to keep someone you love very happy.
  • Brewpub: If there is a brewpub in your area stop by and ask if they have gift card or mug club options.

Gift ideas for a beer lover

Christmas is just a few weeks away and I thought it might be a good idea to put up a few gift ideas for the beer lover out there. There are  thousands of different products out there to suit any beer lover. My suggestions are from things that I own, use, and drink. I know the economy is puttering along right now, so all of these suggestions come in at under $30.00, which should suit almost any budget. So lets get started.

#1:  Beer a Day calendar

12-06-01What beer way to celebrate beer than to look at a new beer everyday. Not only does it let you learn about a new beer, but it gives tasting notes, some food pairings, and a random beer fact. I had one of these last year and it put a few ideas in my head on beers that I wanted to try and styles that I wanted to homebrew. And do you want to know the best part? This daily giver of joy can be found on Amazon for under $12 bucks. That should make your wallet smile a bit

#2 Beer of the Month Club

I was briefly a member of a Beer of the Month Club at one point last year. The main reason I stopped was becasue I was moving and it got a tad bit pricey. Most BotM Clubs give you the choice of how many months you want to join for and how many bottle you receive. Most of them send out about 12 bottles a month, but there are those who give you a full case each month. The nice thing is that all of the clubs focus on mircobrews (probably becasue they run out of macros). They start at around $20.00 a month and move up from there. Some also allow you to go month to month while others make you get a subscription. In either case, just do a bit of researching to see what fits into your budget.

#3 Mr. Beer Kit

12-06-02On of the first articles I ever did on this site was about my Mr. Beer experiences. Mr. Beer is perfect for the beginning homebrewer. It allows you to get an idea about the processes involved in making beer and gives you a sample of what can be done. Mr. Beer makes making beer very simple and allows for a lot of variety. I really enjoyed making beer with these kits. At one point my roommate and I owned four of them and we were pumping our 2.5 gallons of beer every half week to week. Needless to say we had a lot of friends.

Mr. Beer is having a sale for the holiday season where you can get the whole deluxe kit for $29.95. The kit includes bottles, fermentor, sanitizer, and a ingredient kit to make your first batch. Not a bad deal and if you decide you don’t like homebrewing, you didn’t drop a lot of money on something you are not going to use. Check it out here.

#4 Spiegelau Beer Glasses

12-06-03Every beer drinker should have a proper glass to drink out of. I recently received my first pair of Spiegelau glasses courtesy of the Beer Tap TV and I don’t think that I will ever drink out of another glass again. They are sure thin and they give you a more accurate idea of what the color of the beer is. The idea behind it is that the thicker the glass, the more distortion that it causes when looking at the beer. They also have a nice wide top to let you get your whole face in there to smell a beer. This is the same company who makes those nifty Sam Adams glasses. You know the ones that make their beer better becasue of the glass design. Who knows if that is true, but it is a good story and a really cool looking glass. You can get a set of two for $19.59 from here.

#5 Any Michael Jackson book

12-06-04Any beer lover should own a book by Michael Jackson. Not the King of Pop, but the King of Beer. While Mr. Jackson has moved on, his books provide a powerful reminder of his love and passion for great beer. He is widely credited with being the first journalists to write about beer and helped open a whole generation to the great beers of the world. Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and Ultimate Beer are two of my favorite from him, and both are coming in at under $20.00 right now.

I highly suggest both books and I be you will find a ton of beers that you did not know about, but now want to try. I know that I did.

I’ll be posting a homebrewer gift idea post very soon, so check back. And just as a shameless plug, you might want to think about Beer Tasting Notes that was made by the same people who bring you this website. It helps fund this site and will also help you keep track of your beers.