The craft beer revolution has expanded the palettes of millions of beer drinkers while introducing many new people to the wonders of the fermented beverage. There is truly a style and brewery out there for everyone. Even if you stick to the good ol’ macro stuff, beer is a way of life. There’s never been a better time to be a beer fan.
As with anything else, there are myriad options for enjoying a frosty brew. From glasses to full at-home brewing kits, there are Christmas gifts out there for hop heads of every stripe. While new and interesting beers are always appreciated as a gift, so too are the goodies to aid in the enjoyment of the suds.
Have an avid beer fan on your list? Check out our list of cool Christmas gifts for beer drinkers.
1. Flight of Fancy Deluxe Beer Flight
Sampling a variety of tasty brews in a single night is at the very core of modern craft beer enjoyment. By having a flight on hand, you can try a handful of beers without being stuck drinking the whole bottle. Makes sharing easier, too. This set comes with four five ounce glasses and a cedar paddle complete with a chalkboard inlay for labeling the different beers. Good for people who are always chasing new flavors.
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Price: $34.95 (13 percent off MSRP)
2. SPT BD-0538 Mini Kegerator & Dispenser
For the serious beer drinker, consider a kegerator. This SPT model will hold a five liter keg, including standard and the Heineken mini keg, and features an LED CO2 pressure gauge for accurate control. The thermostat is adjustable, which is key for storing different styles of beer as some tolerate lower temperatures better than others. For some brews, you’ll want to set the temperature a bit higher in order to bring out the most flavor. This is as convenient as it is useful since it’s small enough to fit on a countertop, looking not unlike a Keurig. (Just don’t get them backwards.) If five liter kegs won’t cut it, you can always get a full size kegerator.
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3. ’99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle Without a Bottle Opener’
Do you know someone perpetually at a loss for a beer opener? The best way I’ve ever seen to solve this is a credit card opener, but if the person on your list is doesn’t carry a wallet consistently (or is just forgetful otherwise), try giving them 99 ways to get that bottle open. This book includes pictures and step-by-step instructions for all the methods, so one is bound to work. I’m partial to using my keychain carabiner, while my buddy usually uses a cigarette lighter. To each his or her own.
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Price: $6.97 (30 percent off MSRP)
4. Barware Gear Wall Mounted Beer Thirty Bottle Opener with Matching Stainless Steel Cap Catcher
Speaking of opening bottles, it’s nice to have a permanent solution installed someone where in the kitchen or at-home bar. This handsome set includes the familiar wall mounted opener together with a cap catcher pail. I know I often accidentally kick bottle caps under my stove after cracking open a bottle. There’s also a plain metal set, if you prefer.
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Price: $17.44 (10 percent off MSRP)
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5. Libbey Craft Brews Assorted Beer Glass Set
As with wine glasses, different beers excel in different shaped glasses. While most beer drinkers have their fair share of brewery-branded pint glasses, most don’t have the full complement of different styles to choose from at home. This set includes the classic pilsner (15.25 oz.), English Pub (20 oz. — also known as the imperial pint), Belgian ale (16.6 oz.), Craft Pub (20 oz.), Porter/Stout (14.75 oz.) and Wheat Beer (23 oz.) glasses. There is also a 16 piece set with fewer styles.
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6. Beer Greetings Six Pack Greeting Card Box
Beer is always a welcome gift, and beer fanatics love custom mixed six-packs. You can go to just about any craft brew store (and many supermarkets now) and pick out six different bottles in order to try a variety. If you’re giving beer as a gift, why not use these greeting card boxes to get into the spirit of the season? This is a four-pack and a nice way to prepare several gifts at once.
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Price: $13.95 (13 percent off MSRP)
7. Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller, 2-Pack
We’ve all been there. An exciting new beer appears at the store, but it isn’t in the cooler where they keep the high-volume stuff. You want to drink it right away, but it won’t be ready for hours. Here’s a solution. Keep one of these frozen at all times and drop one into a warm beer whenever you need it to be drinkable immediately. A novel approach, for sure, but sometimes you need that beer right away.
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Price: $16.48 (45 percent off MSRP)
8. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Kit
Home brewing has exploded in the last few years. It seems like everyone’s trying to perfect the hoppiest IPA or the smoothest porter. If the beer drinker on your list has been considering getting in on the action, start them off strong with this premium beer making kit. This includes everything needed to make four gallons of beer, which ought to last at least a week. Included are malts for cerveza and Czech pilsner, which are both light, easy-drinking styles. Once they get started here, they can come back to Amazon for a wide range of beer brewing materials. If the drinker on your list is more into cider, I’ve had the cider from the Brooklyn Brew Shop Hard Cider Kit and it is excellent.
Need more options? Browse more home brewing starter sets here.
Price: $52.93 (19 percent off MSRP)
9. Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler
With so many local breweries popping up, the serious beer aficionado could have a hard time keeping their growlers straight. Give them this deluxe model as the final answer on safe beer transport. Even if local regulations prohibit the use of outside containers for growler fills, this will still come in handy for transporting 64 ounces of beer from home to any destination where cold beer will be appreciated. The two enemies of fresh beer are wide temperature swings and UV light and this solution should prevent both from destroying valuable beer.
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Price: $43.98 (20 percent off MSRP)
10. Yeti Coolers Rambler Colster
Don’t get me wrong, beer koozies are fine. They do an admirable job and often have a funny image or saying on them. Good for them. If you absolutely need something to keep your beer cold, however, you need to get serious. This Yeti colster will keep your beer cold and your hand dry for the duration. Perhaps better for cans than bottles, though billed for both, this is a serious solution that should give you 30-40 minutes of cold beer. If the price is a bit too rich for you, consider the Thermos version.
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