Holiday gift suggestions for the beer lover

It’s Christmas time, and beer lovers around the state and nation can expect to get some beer-related gift this holiday season.

Unfortunately, as with toys, there is a tremendous amount of beer junk out there that isn’t really worth giving or getting.

Sorry. It’s true.

Why, for example, would anyone want a beer dispenser in the shape or style of an enema bag? Beats me.

Sure, I love beer, but I’d rather get a good set of chisels or some other wood tools than some silly piece of beer paraphernalia. (Hint. Hint.)

Nevertheless, there are some nice beer related items out there I wouldn’t mind finding under my tree.

Here are a few suggestions.

First, a ‘don’t  do it’ suggestion. DO NOT buy the beer lover of your choice his or her own personal engraved crystal clear glass growler. It doesn’t matter how cute the thing looks inscribed with your loved one’s name and your anniversary date. If he or she is a REAL beer lover, they won’t fill the growler with beer ...ever. The light pouring into a clear glass growler literally kills the beer. It is a waste of a gift, (and a waste of good beer.)

A stainless steel growler, however, might be a great gift. (Williams-Sonoma or Kegworks - from $25-32.)

Now, some “I’d like this myself’ suggestions:

The folks at Red Envelope Unique and Personalized Gifts at ( are offering an eight piece beer tasting set.

This set of eight unique glass styles has one of each designed for eight different types or styles of beer. The Red Envelope people claim “...each glass shape helps to enhance aroma and taste of beer” and that is an accurate claim. This is the way to serve a variety of beers, including ale, IPA, stout, porter brown ale, strong ale, hyper-beers and more.”

Truth be known, I drink all of my beers out of one specific style glass - a schooner. But having this set will allow you to taste the beer as the brewer intended.

Included in the selection are :

● Hand mug for lighter ale (the handle keeps the hand away from the beer helping to keep it cold)

● English pub glass for dark English ales

● Munique for Belgian style and other light colored ales

● Dimple stein for lighter ales

● Belgian for Belgian ales, IPAs, dark robust beers like stouts

● Grand Service for Abbey and Trappist Ales, Barley wines

● Giant beer for light pilsners, American lagers

● Footed ale for wheat beers, pale lagers

For those on a budget, $19.95 will get you one personalized pilsner. This is something of the “classic” beer glass, and can be ordered from Great Gifts For, (

I’ve always thought it would be cool to have my own, monogramed beer glass.

OK. You have enough glassware.

How about trying to better educate yourself, (or your spouse), on the fine art of brewing.

A one year subscription to All About Beer magazine, (, will cost you $20.99 if you get it on holiday sale now. There are six issues in a one-year subscription cycle, and a regular subscription would normally run you $29.99

I’ve read it. It is good.

Or, how about giving beer?

Check out the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, (or something similar.)

The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club™ ( has been around for nearly 20 years.

They have different levels of membership, with different styles of beer, and at differing levels of cost.

There are also other clubs such as this around. In fact, there are micro brew clubs, craft brew clubs, all sort of clubs.

They may be a bit pricey, but they do offer a chance to get hold of brew that otherwise might remain ever so elusive.

These are just a few suggestions. There are a lot of good gift ideas aimed at the beer lover in your home. Serious gifts.

Look, even the silliest beer drinker only needs one T-shirt with a foaming beer mug that that reads “Kiss my glass” or a beer glass in the shape of a breast.

If you are already going to shop for a beer-themed gift, get something good and useful ...not stupid.

Oh, and by the way, I’ll take any of the above mentioned items.