Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide

Got a beer lover or two on your gift list? Lucky you!
They're so easy to shop for!

But if you're stumped, here are some ideas:

Best Default Gifts for Beer Lovers:

Gift packs from breweries!
Most local breweries have swag and gift certificates available. Some also have gift packs – such as:

Central City’s Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine Gift Pack, a combo-pack that includes a 2014 bottle-conditioned Thor’s Hammer, which won Gold at this year’s 2016 BC Beer Awards, and a 2014 Bourbon barrel-aged Thor’s Hammer, which won Bronze.

Four Winds has a gift pack of Pomona and Pequeno Cabo, with 2 branded crystal Spiegelau beer tulips (to drink them out of, natch) and gift cards, all in a beautiful wooden box.  $75.  Please grab one of these for me!

Strange Fellows has a gift pack of a bottle of Krampus, and a glass to drink it from.

Moody Ales has a build your own gift pack – with prices ranging from $25 to $110, you start with a gift card and then add in additional swag. See their instagram for details.

Beer Experiences:

It's nice to give a gift that takes up no space, doesn't need to be dusted, and always fits!

Early-bird tickets to Vancouver Craft BeerWeek’s tasting festival at the PNE (June 3-4, 2017), or the Great Okanagan Beer Festival (May 11-13, 2017) are on sale now.

Or how about a brewery tour from Vancouver BreweryTours or Vine & Hops?

Tickets to the East Van Panto, with a bottle of the panto-inspired beer, Wolf at the Door by Bomber Brewing, is a gift that gives twice!

Book loving beer lovers:

Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont’s coffee table book The World Atlas of Beer would make a great gift. The revised and expanded edition is full of beautiful photos and jam-packed with beer information and history, and travel tips to help plan a beercation. Maybe the recipient will even take you with them!

Frank Appleton's book is a must for all BC beer lovers. One of the pioneers of the craft beer movement, Frank's book Brewing Revolution will change how you look at craft beer!

Burgeoning Beer Lovers:

A newbie would appreciate a beer journal – and there are many to choose from, including one from Cigar City Brewing called the Lager Logger, Moleskine has various types available, and there are the very cute 33 and 99 bottles ofbeer ones!

A subscription to a beer magazine wouldn't go amiss. There’s the ever-so affordable free online version of local magazine What’s Brewing?, and a very affordable online subscription to Taps Magazine that’s based out of Ontario, but has lots of BC content as well,

Or if your beer lover is a lover of actual paper magazines, there's the American based BeerAdvocate magazine.for $44.95USD. But if you have Americans on your list, this one is perfect as they’re offering a $10USD subscription to American addresses for their 10th anniversary!

Gag Gift:

If you’re looking for a funny gift, then may I suggest a stocking flask – they’re all the rage. Fill the stocking with any libation and hang by the chimney with care!

The Gift of Beer:

Always appropriate! And these two make especially lovely choices as they come in 750ml bottles. Give like you mean it!

Strange Fellows Krampus – an Abbey Dubbel ale, with flavours of dark cherry, chocolate and pepper. This one will pair well with chocolate. 8.5%, available at the tasting room and private liquor stores.

Central City Sour Framboise III – a traditional Belgian-style sour infused with local raspberries. It was aged for more than 2 years in wine barrels and oak foeders. It’s a complex beer with tart raspberry notes up front and a dry finish. 9.5%, available at the brewery and liquor stores.

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