Looking for some great gift ideas for that craft beer lover?
It’s hard to believe but tomorrow is the first of December, which means that gift-giving season is right around the corner. What are you getting for the craft beer lover on your list? This week I thought I’d share a few gift ideas they may enjoy, and that you may want to consider to stuff your own stocking.
Central City Brewers & Distillers Thor’s Hammer gift pack
Just in time for the holiday season Central City Brewing released a gift pack containing two bottles of their award winning Thor’s Hammer Barleywine. One bottle is the current version – the 2016 vintage, so-to-speak – while the other bottle is the 2014 vintage aged in bourbon barrels.
Both variations of Thor’s Hammer were winners at this year’s BC Beer awards meaning they’re bound to be good. If you know someone into strong ales and barleywines, this is a great option and something they just might be willing to share. As far as gift ideas go, this is a strong one.
CAMRA membership makes a great gift
Membership in the Campaign for Real Ale is great way to expand someone’s love of craft beer and you can give someone a year’s membership as a gift! Membership with CAMRA gives you discounts from many pubs, liquor stores, and home brewing shops around the lower mainland, as well as free or discounted participation in CAMRA events throughout the year. If you’re a beer lover, or that loved one on your list is someone who can’t get enough craft beer, a membership with CAMRA is a great gift idea.
Revolutionary craft beer books
Whether the person you’re shopping for loves BC beer travel or BC beer history you can’t go wrong with either of these beer books by BC writers.
Frank Appleton released his memoir Brewing Revolution this autumn tracing his own entry into the brewing industry in British Columbia. He helped pioneer the fundamental shift that has taken place in the craft brewing scene since the early 1980s, helping to move us towards the copious options we’re spoiled with today. Frank is a singular individual in BC brewing history and reading his story from his own hand is a real treat. Check out my review of Brewing Revolution from earlier this year or grab a copy from Amazon.
If the person on your list enjoys drinking their way around our beautiful province, then you may wish to grab them a copy of Joe Wiebe’s Craft Beer Revolution. Joe (aka the Thirsty Writer) gives some lighter history about the brewing scene in BC, including a little bit on Frank Appleton’s influence, as well as a description of each brewery in the province. Due to the speed at which breweries continue to open around BC Joe’s book may be missing a few of the newest additions to BC’s craft scene. In spite of this, Craft Beer Revolution is as comprehensive a guide to BC breweries as you’re likely to find anywhere and is a must read for any BC beer lover.
Sigil & Growler custom engraved growlers
You may have seen the post I wrote for Sigil & Growler a few of weeks back. If so, you know how their process works. But for the uninitiated, Sigil & Growler take a fresh growler and laser engrave it with your custom design, or one of your choosing from their catalogue made by local artists making a perfect gift idea for the craft beer lover.
The work done by owners Tarlan and Addel is excellent, meaning whoever receives one of their custom growlers this holiday season is definitely going to stand out from the crowd. Now is the perfect time to purchase since for another few days you get a free fill from Faculty Brewing Company with your purchase. Just use the coupon code FACULTYFILL at checkout. A custom growler filled with Faculty’s 710 Stout is definitely the way I’d want to start off my Christmas morning.
That’s it for this week’s gift ideas! There are still plenty of other options out there and I’m continuing to compile a list, so if you’ve got some other suggestions let me know in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and I may include them in my next gift ideas post in December.