Beer Lover’s Gift Guide 2020

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Christmas is just one month away! But never fear—I’ve been doing some shopping of my own and have created a collection of fantastic gift ideas for you and the special people on your list. And all (except the local deals at the end of the post) can be ordered online, so you can just click and buy!

Tavour Beer Gift Box Set 

This holiday season, send a box of beer from Tavour!

What is Tavour? Tavour gets you amazing beer from around the world. Based in Seattle, they get fresh, unique craft beers from Independent breweries to discerning fans across the United States. From delicious local secrets to hard-to-find gems from far off places, get amazing beers you want right to your door. Cheers!

Tavour is exclusive to its members and is simple to use. It is not a beer of the month club. You only pay for the beer you chose over the course of the month. Accessing the lineup of delicious member-only beers is free. Just create an account.

This year, Tavour has come up with several awesome options for their Gift Box Sets, in a range of sizes/prices and varieties. Choose from sample or full-size box of mixed beers, IPAs, or sours.

Hand curated per order by Tavour, each box includes a sampling of the best beers on hand, directly from small independent craft breweries around the world, complete with a custom message from you.

At this time, Tavour ships to the following states: CA, CO, DC, FL, ID, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, and WI.

Note: I’ve been using Tavour for the past 4 years, and I LOVE it! Excellent selection, so easy to use. If you live in a state where it’s available, I highly recommend it.

Groovy Guy Gifts

Groovy Guy Gifts offers personalized gifts for the special man or lady in your life. There are lots of fun products available, specifically in the Bar & Drinking Gifts section. Let’s take a look at a few. 

Caddy Cooler 

The Caddy Cooler is made of 600-Denier Polyester with a PEVA (PVC free) lining, meaning this cooler can you keep your drinks cold and your food warm. The cooler can hold up to 12 bottles or 18 cans. It features both a top padded carry handle as well as an adjustable shoulder strap with a front pocket for storage. For an added bonus, there is also a bottle opener on the side. 

Viking Vessel

To drink like a true Viking, one must be equipped with a suitable vessel.  To be welcome at the grandest tables of Valhalla, it would be unacceptable to be without the proper goblet.  The Viking Vessel is 16 ounces of drinking muscle, featuring a classic Viking horn shape and a rustic, sturdy wooden stand.  It comes with a leather strap for a tight grip and engraved with a classic Viking knot.  This Viking beer horn is a unique men’s gift idea that adds diversity to any Man Cave.  And when you personalize it for him, he’ll feel as proud as Erik the Red after pillaging a small village for their gold. 

The Bro-Ruck

For weekend camping trips or just a day of hiking, the site offers a variety of Travel Bags.

You’re always going somewhere, but now with the Bro-Ruck, you can look like you know where you’re going. You’re too old for that traditional backpack with a built-in pencil holder, and you’re way too cool to pack your draws in a bag with someone else’s initials all over it. You need something that’s tough, awesome, personalized, and okay with getting tossed around like a sack of potatoes.

The Bro-Ruck is perfect – padded shoulder straps, breathable mesh, tons of color options, and strong enough to take the punishment that comes from swinging from the chandeliers, or cushioning your butt while you throw back a few around the fire, or from sitting in the hot tub after a day of couples massages. Whatever you’re into, this is how you carry around your stuff.

And if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day Gifts for any man in your life, take a look here!
 
 

Lush: A Season-by-Season Celebration of Craft Beer and Produce 

From Jacquelyn Dodd―the woman behind the award-winning website The Beeroness—comes Lush, a celebration of fruit, vegetables, and craft beer. After all, beer is as seasonal as produce; its ingredients come from the soil and are harvested at peak freshness, just like the offerings at your local farmers’ market. It’s no surprise that the flavors of seasonal craft beers pair perfectly with the food we’re eating at the moment.

This cookbook features 80 creative, produce-forward recipes—all of which are made with seasonal craft beer. From Gochujang ISA Shakshuka to Grilled Apricot Saison Shortcakes to Doppelbock Rutabaga Mash, make no mistake: this isn’t your drunk uncle’s beer chili.

Whether your Saturdays are spent at the farmers’ market or your favorite local craft brewery (or both!), Dodd’s creative use of produce and beer opens the door to deliciously complex flavors that evolve with the seasons.

Note: I also have her other two cookbooks: The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook: 100 Recipes For Sliders, Skewers, Mini Desserts All Made with Beer and The Craft Beer Cookbook: 100 Artisan Recipes for Cooking with Craft Beer. All three of these cookbooks are amazing!

Master Homebrewer Package

This holiday season the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is offering a special Master Homebrewer package deal, which includes all the information someone needs to start homebrewing. This unique package is perfect for the beer lover in your life.

The relevance and excitement of learning how to make this history-rich beverage at home is more relevant now than ever. Not only do an estimated 1.1 million Americans homebrew each year, but it is also a great activity as we are spending more time distanced at home.

$49 Package Includes:

‣ Seven (7) new How To Brew instructional videos featuring John Palmer

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time by John Palmer, a $24.95 value

One-year digital* membership to the American Homebrewers Association, a $43 value

The fine print: U.S. residents only. Book will be shipped for free via standard mail 5-7 business days after purchase of Package. Videos will be available through 2021.

*Membership includes a digital subscription to Zymurgy® magazine online.

Draft Bottle

To kick off the 2020 holiday season, DraftBottle  announced the immediate availability of two new colors, Brushed Stainless Steel & Gunpowder Black. 

DraftBottle unscrews below the neck allowing you to easily fill it with 1 Pint (the bottle will hold 22oz in total) of draft beer, beer from a growler, mixed drinks or any other beverage. It’s made from 18/8 food grade stainless steel, and the base cup is double walled and vacuum sealed to keep your brew cold!

The reusable screw cap prevents spills and stops anything unwanted from getting inside. The exterior is powder coated to help durability, it has a new silicone bottom and has a leak-proof seal around the separation. DraftBottle is eco-friendly, BPA free and dishwasher safe.

EASILY FILLABLE & LEAK-PROOF – Simply unscrew and detach your DraftBottle just below the neck and fill it with 1 Pint (16 oz, the perfect amount, but it will hold 22oz total) of your favorite beer or other beverage. We have made sure to make the detachable section with a leak proof washable ring to help make sure nothing spills while enjoying your suds.

BUILT TO LAST – DraftBottle is made from superior 18/8 Stainless Steel, making sure yours will last! Constructed so your brew will always have a pure, clean taste that won’t retain or transfer flavors.

DOUBLE WALLED & VACUUM SEALED – The base of the bottle is double walled & vacuum sealed to help keep beer cold. Vacuum insulation is the removal of air between the interior wall and exterior wall of the base cup which drastically reduces the convection process and maintains the original temperature for a longer period of time.

POWDER COATING – Powder coating (not available on Stainless Steel bottles) is the most attractive, incredibly durable and high-quality finish available. It is environmentally friendly, virtually pollution-free and highly resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, corrosion, chemicals and weather.

DOUBLE-WALLED SWEAT-PROOF – A double walled exterior with a vacuum between the walls will never leave a puddle on your desk, table top, in your cup holder, in your hand or drip on your shirt.

REUSABLE CAP – Keep your brew sealed to keep it cold and prevent dirt and debris during yard-work, bbq’s or those long walks alone. Wash and reuse the cap and bottle over and over!

DISHWASHER-SAFE – The Stainless Steel construction makes the bottle easy to clean, detach the cap and 2 main parts of the bottle to easily wash the exterior and interior, even in the dishwasher.

ECO-FRIENDLY & BPA FREE – Non-toxic and BPA free, always a good thing!

UNLIMITED USES – Wash and re-use over and over, stainless steel does not leach or retain and flavors or stains from prior uses.

Mountain Drinkware from North Drinkware

North Drinkware is best known for its premium hand-blown beer and whisky glasses which feature popular mountains in the base of each one, all made in Portland, Oregon. Their deep love for the mountains, craft beer, and good drinks inspired the start of their brand and allows everyone to bring the mountains home.

They developed The Colorado Collection to celebrate the one of the most awe inspiring mountain ranges in the country. The collection features USGS data of The Maroon Bells – two of Colorados most iconic 14’ers – molded into the base of the hand blown glasses. The topographic lines of this amazing area just outside of Aspen are laser etched into the Colorado state shaped coasters that make a great compliment to the glasses.

MonthlyClubs.com

MonthlyClubs.com is one of the best gift sites out there, as it offers an impressive array of options. There are six different clubs available, many with additional sub-categories: beer (5 clubs), wine (4 clubs), cheese (2 clubs), cigar (2 clubs), chocolate, and flower. You can even design your own! With this option, the possibilities are vast. Want to try a couple of beer clubs, the flower club, a cheese club, and chocolate? Or how about ALL FIVE beer clubs in one?! So many choices to explore, all offering only the highest quality of products. See my review on the Premier Series Wine Club from earlier this year for more details on that club.

For this year’s gift guide I have chosen to focus on two specific clubs:

The Rare Beer Club 

The World’s Best Hand-Selected Rare Beers

Our tasting panel, once headed by Michael Jackson, is a tough lot to impress. Collectively, they have over 100 years of experience in the brewing industry, from heading brewing operations at BJ’s Brewhouse, a 100+ location brewpub chain, to judging at the Great American Beer Festival. They rate each prospective selection only knowing its style and not where it was brewed. Our blind-tasting format assures no prejudices sway our goal of identifying extraordinary beers.

Never Receive a Beer You Don’t Want to Get!

Our Personalized Shipment Program ensures that as a personal member of The Rare Beer Club® you’ll receive only the beers you want to get. (Also available to gift recipients upon request.) Each month prior to receiving your shipment, you will be sent an email detailing the two upcoming beer selections and given the ability to customize what you will receive. You can:

  • Add more bottles of either or both of the upcoming featured beers
  • Add more of your favorite past selections
  • Replace one or both of the featured beers with your favorite past selections
  • Choose not to receive one of the featured beers
  • Skip the entire shipment altogether

You’re in complete control of what you receive every month and can rest easy knowing you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want to get. No other beer club offers that kind of flexibility.

Enjoy Unmatched Variety

Members receive two different styles in each shipment. We strive to offer variety between those two styles as well as from month to month. Variety to us means not only by style but also by country of origin, so rest assured that both domestic US craft brewers as well as time-honored international breweries will be represented.

And what better to pair with a gift of beer? Cheese! I just received this month’s box, and the Challerhocker goes amazingly well with any IPA.

The Rare Cheese Club (New! And pairs well with beer, of course!)

Small Batch, Traditionally Crafted, Rare Cheeses

  • Three very small batch, artisan cheeses, approx. ½ lb. each, made from only the best, and often rare ingredients. You’ll receive hand-cut, extra-aged and fresh rare cheeses, many that can only be produced in designated regions or have only recently been brought into the United States.
  • Our Monthly Newsletter with detailed tasting notes, cheese profiles, cheesemaker histories, and serving suggestions.
  • No auto-renewal when you choose a fixed-duration between 2-12 shipments.

     

It’s Not Just Cheese – It’s a Cheese Experience!

Our goal is to make each cheese club gift membership a true “experience” gift. Not only will your gift recipients enjoy world-class cheeses, they’ll also receive background histories of each cheese, profiles of the award-winning cheesemakers, detailed tasting notes, serving recommendations, and more. Exploring the huge world of gourmet cheese with our members has been our passion for over 20 years, and we can’t wait to share the fun of experiencing these delicious cheeses with your gift recipients in the months to come!

Need a Last Minute Solution? – Send a Gift Announcement!

During checkout, you’ll have the option to schedule an email gift announcement for any date you choose, or create a PDF that you can print out and give to your gift recipient. It’s the perfect solution for those of you who are in panic mode! Just order your cheese club gift membership to start with the next available shipment, and email or print a gift announcement today!

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

We take our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee seriously, and take pride offering responsive, care-driven customer service. So, sit back, relax, and let us handle everything. No searching stores, no waiting in lines, no wrapping boxes, no crowds – Let us do the work for you, delivering smiles to your gift recipient month after month!

Colorado local deals

These items are not available for shipping and must be purchased/picked up at the respective locations.

Pack of Yetis at Great Divide Barrel Bar and select retailers

Looking for the perfect “Yeti Approved” gift? Look no further than the brand new Pack Of Yetis featuring 19.2oz cans of Chocolate Cherry Yeti, S’mores Yeti & Big Yeti (13.5%) plus a Yeti Brussels glass! Available to-go at the Barrel Bar (M-Su., 1-6pm) and select retailers.

Santa’s Nightcap Bourbon Oak-aged Imperial Stout at Holidaily Brewing and select retailers

This one is for the beer lover in your life who tragically can’t have gluten:
 
Our highly anticipated Santa’s Nightcap Bourbon Oak-aged Imperial Stout!
  • This holiday specialty touts warm bourbon notes from Laws Whiskey followed by a smooth chocolatey finish.
  • 10.8% ABV
  • Available in our Golden taproom on tap and in 22 oz bomber bottles
  • 3pack gifts available- bundle reserve 2018/2019/and 2020 bottles
  • Also available in select liquor stores throughout the Denver Metro
  • 100% gluten-free

Snowed In Gift Set at Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

We are releasing our first ever SNOWED IN GIFT SET! This gift set comes with all five Snowed In flavors from this past calendar year as well as a *new* Snowed In glass! You never see all the Snowed In flavors together so this one you won’t want to miss. This is the PERFECT gift for any beer lover or anyone that loves our Snowed In series! (Yes, you can age these).
 
Our Snowed In series is an imperial oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels. The five flavors are; cherry, vanilla, coconut, mocha, and maple. We hope you love this gift box as much as we do! 🍺
 
 

Beer gifts from other local breweries:

Bruz Beers has Belgian 4-packs (Single, Dubbel, Tripel or Quadrupel) and gift baskets filled with beer, merchandise, cheese, smoked meats, crackers, treats and more. 
 
Diebolt Brewing has a few holiday beers up their sleeve, including Joyeux Noel, their Winter Biere de Garde with notes of chocolate and dark fruit and spice from orange peel and ceylon cinnamon added during the aging process, Populator Aged Barleywine, a barleywine that spent 7 months in second use bourbon barrels that previously held their Russian Imperial Stout, and Jingle Juice (releasing on Dec. 9), a light, clean and hoppy IPA with incredible floral, citrus and piney aromas and a delicate malt profile.
 
Horse & Dragon Brewing has their version of an advent calendar with their Twelve Days of H&D Beer Box. Each box contains five each of 12-oz cans and 16-oz cans of H&D Beers, two bombers and a key chain. 

 

LUKI Brewery’s Grrr-owler Club is a mug club that appeals to pet owners and their furry canines alike. Both humans and doggos will benefit from this membership that includes specialty glassware with $2 fills, free beer on your birthday, dog tags, dog bowls and more. Sign up online or at the brewery. LUKI also has new limited edition, winter-themed barrel glasses and stainless crowlers for all of your beer vessel needs.

 

Over Yonder Brewing Co. brings back Childhood Memories for a limited time, just in time for the holiday season. This 7.8% ABV Winter Warmer has notes of citrus peel, fresh ginger, spices and locally sourced honey.

 

River North Brewery’s notorious Whiskey Barrel Aged Mr. Sandman is available now. The 13% ABV imperial stout comes out once a year. The brewery will also release their Decennials series on Dec. 5, which includes Shadow Man (Imperial Stout), God Complex (Quad), Father Time (Barleywine) and Last Guardian (Belgian Golden). Finally, on Dec. 12, River North will release Peppermint Candy Cane Imperial Porter, a collaboration with Hammond’s Candies, as well as a 12 beers of Christmas gift pack. All beers will be available at both taprooms.


Woods Boss Brewing’s Magical Narwhal Candy Cane Unicorn is exactly what you think: a Candy Cane Chocolate Stout that’s dry-hopped with crushed candy canes, cocoa nibs and includes an addition of lactose for a chocolaty smooth and peppermint finish. Woods Boss will also have Coming In From the Wild, a Winter Warmer spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.

Additionally, beer and merch from ANY of your favorite local breweries make excellent gifts too!

 

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