As a beer fan myself, if you are struggling to think of a gift for any beer lover in your life, a beer-related gift will always go down a treat.
The only caveat here is that it is best to know roughly what sort of beer the person likes. Are they a craft beer fan (which has become popular in recent years), or are they an ale kinda person (the kind served from hand-pulled casks which are not chilled or fizzy), or perhaps they are just a simple larger drinker?
Some people are more fussy than others, you might have someone that only likes IPAs or doesn't like porters, but as a craft beer fan myself, I'd be pretty happy with just about anything.
There are a lot of fun beer-related gadgety gifts out there. For this guide, I have avoided listing a lot of the tat that gets passed off as a beer gift.
Beerwulf The SUB
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I reviewed the Beerwulf Sub back in 2019, and I kinda loved it. It is one of the more affordable draught pint beer solutions out there. The beer itself isn't that cheap when compared to the supermarket, but that is always the case with these kinds of devices.
The beer is good, it is perfectly chilled, and the overall mouthfeel and experience was more enjoyable than canned or bottled beer.
The bottles are 2-litres only, so OK for a casual drinker and/or not planning on sharing the beer. You can put a bottle in the freezer temporarily if you plan to get through more than one.
These are all chilled and carbonated/fizzy beers, so they may be not the best for an ale drinker. However, you have a choice of larger, American style craft beers (IPA/Pale) as well as a good range of Belgium and German-style beers. Also, some cider, if that's their thing.
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This is the one all my friends bought during lockdowns and absolutely loved it. It is expensive, and the kegs are 6L, so you need to commit to drinking it. The beer is supposed to last a month in the machine, I am not convinced it will be its best at the end of a month but a couple of weeks should be good.
It is perfect for parties or home pubs. There is a much wider range of beers than the Beerwulf Sub, and you can trade-in your used kegs for £5 to bring the cost down.
Again, these are all chilled beers covering larger, IPA/Pale, Belgium, German and Stout(the carbonated kind not like Guinness).
I had some mixed feelings in my Pinter Review due to the long term expense of brewing beer using their system. However, it makes a great present, and I would say it is the best way to get into homebrewing. You could also reuse the keg should you wish to continue brewing but not use their beer.
Also, I should note, that the quality of beer I produced with the Pinter was far superior to the beer I have brewed previously in plastic tubs and bottles. It is almost idiot-proof as far as homebrew goes.
Home Brew Kit
Not as fancy as the Pinter, but a home brewing starter kit could go down well with many people. If the receiver of the gift regularly moans about the price of pints and drinks semi-frequently at home, then this could work.
You can pick up a barrel starter kit for well under £100, and this will produce 40-pints of beer. The beer kits you can buy if you continue brewing cost around £10-30 and typically make 35-40 pints vs 10 pints for £13-20 using the Pinter.
Craft Beer Packs
Not really gadgety, but just buying someone some beer is likely the most affordable solution. The most affordable of this affordable solution would be to go to Tesco/Asda/Morrisons etc, and select a range of beers. Pick some fun things, avoid big generic brands. Old man ales are in the big bottles, hipster craft beers are in cans or small bottles (which also cost more).
If you have a local craft beer specialist, they will also be more than happy to select some beers for you. This will likely cost more than a supermarket but you will get a better selection of beer that has been selected by someone who knows about beer. Plus, you are supporting local businesses.
Alternatively, there are plenty of options online, you can buy direct from a brewery or via the multitude of online beer shops.
Amazon has plenty of options too. They are not the most exciting and maybe a bit overpriced but they should all be safe bets for most people.
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For craft beer, I quite like Tiny Rebel, they do some different beers and buying directly from them is quite a bit cheaper than what other breweries charge. They do a Christmas Gift pack for £26, or they have the one of everything mixed pack for £52 which looks like it would make a great gift.
Vocation has some decent Christmas gift packs on. I'd be cautious with both the Naughty & Nice and Dark & Decadent as they may not suit everyone's taste but they do look fun. Hazy & Hoppy should be a safe bet.
Beavertown has some decent Christmas bundles or the core craft bundle should tick most peoples boxes.
Northern Monk also has some good options. The Northern Heroes or Game Night Bundles look good
Hawkshead Brewery has a good selection of classic ales and bitters as well as the more modern canned beers.
Online Beer shops include:
- Beer Hawk
- Honest Brew
- And many, many more
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OK, this one might be tricky or not appreciated. I am particular about my beer glasses. I tend to like a smaller glass, even if I am drinking a big bottle. Warm hands = warm beer.
I don't like the old man tankards. I am quite partial to tulip or straight shaped glass. If the person is a craft fan, many of the breweries have their own branded glasses (which are overpriced).
In my case, at least, it is a highly personal preference, so it could be a bit hit or miss. Most of the beer fans I know like a good glass, though.
I am also not entirely opposed to some gimmicky glasses, such as insulated/chilled glasses. I'd prefer not to drink out of one, but on a red hot summers day, you have to do whatever it takes for a cold beer.
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