We have rounded up several pretty cool options for unique gifts for beer lovers. We all find ourselves in a lack of gift ideas crisis once in a while which causes unnecessary stress…Gift giving is supposed to be fun!
Below you will find ideas that are gender neutral and some that seem to lean more towards one of the sexes. Perceptions, perceptions. As a craft beering couple we feel pretty good about the coolness factor of our selections. We are not simply suggesting personalized growlers or wall mountable beer openers, even though I quite like the latter and we have a few strategically placed around the house.
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Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers Who Like to Drink in Style
Drinking beer involves the use of numerous vessels – from glassware, through tasting sets to ‘transportation’ and storage devices. There are way too many possibilities out there. Some of them are truly above the rest.
uKeg Pressurized Growler – we call it the Mother of All Growlers:) Because it really is. It keeps beer cold (insulated double wall) and has an adjustable carbonation knob (uses CO2 cartridges). Can keep beer fresh for weeks and can be taken anywhere. Does not break. Looks stylish. If you need more convincing, read about our personal experience. The picture below is from one of our pairing beer and food recipes. You can buy a uKeg here.
Teku Craft Beer Glasses, Set of 6 – these are glasses of truly exceptional quality. With oak barrel aged brews becoming incredibly popular incredibly fast many craft beer enthusiasts would appreciate a set of stemmed Teku glasses. Designed especially to concentrate the aromas of aged and sour beers these are made by Rastal of Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, known for their exquisite quality and designs. (Confession – this exact set was on my dream craft beer items list for quite a while. Love, love them so much).
Craft Beer Club Membership – why not gift actual craft beer, selected from top breweries all over the US and shipped to the recipient’s door? For more information read our detailed review of this service or head to the Craft Beer Club site.
Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers Who Are Really Into Hops
Hops play a dual role in beer – a bittering agent which balances the sweet, malty flavors of fresh brew and a natural preservative which allows beer to stay fresh and unspolied over time. The bittering agent role is in large part achieved via a play on the olfactory senses (what we taste is up to 90% credited to what we smell). The aromas of hops are praised and eagerly sought after by many of a beer lover. Below are a few ideas that will please those hop heads and die-hard IPA fans.
Cascade Hops Scented Natural Soy Candle – the aroma of Cascade hops is one of the best loved in the universe of hops. A great way to let it fill the room is by lighting a hops infused candle like this one.
Hopped Up Coffee – so many craft beer fans are also fans of the other worldwide popular brew – coffee. Here is a clever way to get the best of both drinks – coffee infused with various flavors of hops and malts. Well reviewed and liked. Find it here.
Hoppy IPA Scented Beer Soap – this little bar releases spicy and herbal scents. The makers also offer several other beer style scents to chose from.
Organic Hops Tea – incredibly calming (thanks to the magic power of hops of course) these tea bags bring the coveted aromas and the soothing action of the lupulin in the female hops flowers.
Hop Heads Beer of the Month Club – curated monthly shipments from breweries in the US and abroad. All about the hops. On the main page we link to, follow the ‘Discover Our Five Clubs’ button and the Hops Heads Beer Club option will be displayed.
Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers Who Home Brew
Mash Paddle for Home Brewing – designed like a paddle and intended for all grain home brewers. It is very sturdy (handcrafted from a single piece of maple wood) and it’s long handle provides increased leverage, making it easier for the brewer to manipulate the mash. Beats using a spoon for sure. Beautiful and very useful. Engraving options are available – find it here.
5 Gallon Oak Barrel for Aging Craft Beer – the oak aged beer obsession is in full force when it comes to home brewing too. Mostly all home brewers begin by using oak chips or oak spirals that have soaked in bourbon, whiskey, tequila, wine etc. At some point (as in our case) the brewer decided that they want to go all the way and age the beer in actual barrels. These small sized (20 liters or 5 gallons, perfect for most home brew batches) American oak barrels have held whiskey and are sold directly from a distillery to be used by home brewers and infuse their creations with the notes of oak that has hugged whiskey. Precious find and so reasonably priced! Plan ahead, some time is needed before shipping (these are freshly dumped, you will essentially be making a reservation for the next one that becomes available).
Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers Who Are Also Into Food & Cooking
Want to make a memorable gift that kills two birds with one stone? If the craft beer lover you are looking to buy a gift for is also a fan of great food and cooking, the following few ideas are sure to please!
Beer Infused Hot Sauce – a pack of three differently flavored hot sauces, with one common ingredient. Beer. Delightful!
Beer Mustard – there are quite a few flavors available, each using a different beer style. We love the Belgian white mustard and the Pilsner the best:)
Beer Jelly, Set of 3 – on waffles or as an addition to cheese and crackers trays, these beer jellies are exquisitely flavored…
Beer Bottle Shaped Magnetic Knife & Tool Hanger – well, does it really need an explanation? Talking about unique gifts for beer lovers…
Brew Candy – this is something no beer lover can refuse in good faith. Comes in three flavors (stout, honey ale and IPA). The only thing that may be better are beercicles, but since they tend to melt easily, beer candy is much easier to give! Find it here.
Beer Truffles – super classy artisan chocolates featuring beer as an ingredient. Come in a box of 20. Plan ahead for these, they are made fresh before shipping and the shop does get busy, especially around major holidays.
Citrus Hop Salt – flavoring food with hops infused salt is one of our favorite things ever. We make our own quite frequently, read about the process here, but it can be bought already prepared as well.
Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers That You Can Make
Putting in the time and effort to make a gift enhances the giving experience. Here are several ideas for unique gifts for beer lovers you can make yourself.
DIY Hops Salt – as I mentioned above, making hops salt is very easy. Follow this tutorial and you can make not one, but several different kinds of hops salt for the craft beer lover in your life who also enjoys cooking. Hops salt is also great for the rim of margarita glasses or can be incorporated into caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.
DIY Craft Beer Advent Calendar – even though the time window to make and give one of these is unrelentingly strict, you really just need to get organized. Read this post for ideas on putting together a gift that will keep giving for twenty-four consecutive days!
Craft Beer Bottles Center Piece – decorating with craft beer bottles is very easy. Use any empty beer bottles, get some flowers and some twine (or ribbons), perhaps some spray paint and put together a creative flower arrangement or centerpiece in no time!
Craft Beer Tiki Torches – sooo effective in creating a pleasant ambiance and so easy to make. Buy a nice 750 ml bottle of craft beer and this kit and gift them together. The recipient can then re-purpose and reuse the bottle after enjoying its contents. Here is a beer bottle tiki torch tutorial with a few cool ideas.
Stout Brownie Pops Bouquet – flowers are nice, but bouquets made with stout brownie pops are more likely to make a statement:) These do take a bit of work, but once you make them and arrange them as a bouquet of flowers you will be thanked profusely! Recipe and tutorial for you:)
Craft Beer Can Cake – once you know what the favorite beer of your gift recipient is, all you have to do is buy a few cans of it and improvise with the decorative elements to create a ‘cake’. This is one way to do it.
A Unique Gift for Beer Lovers That Will Cost You Absolutely Nothing!
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