Some holiday cheer

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First Posted: 11/24/2014

If your loved one is a beer fanatic, there is no shortage of great gifts. However, there could be some trouble knowing where to start looking. Here is a short list of great gifts for your beer lover this Christmas.

Spiegelau Glassware Set — The standard shaker pint glasses many of us grew up with have become something of a relic during the craft beer boom and have been replaced with much more functional glasses. Spiegelau has led the way with their innovative glasses specially designed for IPA’s, stouts, and their newest glass for wheat beers. These are must have glasses for beer fantastics and yes they do have an impact on the beer.

All About Beer Magazine — The gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Each issue is packed with articles relating to beer. Covering breweries, styles, beer news, reviews, and everything else you could want to know about beer. The affordable price and wide array of topics make this a great gift for beer aficionados and novices looking to learn more about beer.

Home Brew Kit — The next logical step from beer admirer to fanatic is to become beer brewer. The hobby has grown leaps and bounds in recent years with a vast amount of clone recipes available to make your favorite commercial beer at home. There is an endless amount of beer recipes available online. Make this step and you will learn more about beer and be able to taste the fruits of your labor. Find kits at local homebrew shops such as Simply Homebrew, Northeast Hydroponics & Homebrewing, or online at Northern Brewer and More Beer.

Case of Beer to Age — If you have a loved one who is a craft beer fanatic then pick them up a case of some premium craft beer that is perfect for aging. This might be a bit pricey but it’s a great gift they will remember. Some great beers to pick up by the case are: Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA, Goose Island- Bourbon County Stout, and Brooklyn Brewery- Black Chocolate Stout.

Craft Beer Books — A great way to learn more about beer is through reading about breweries, beer history, or homebrewing. There is no shortage of great books available but some must-haves for any beer lover’s library are: “Tasting Beer” by Randy Mosher; “The Brewmaster’s Table” by Garrett Oliver; “So You Want to Start a Brewery?” by Tony Magee and “Brewing Classic Styles” by Jamil Zainasheff.