Holiday Beer Gear!

Beer Christmas Gifts

These holiday gifts enable recipients to produce, carry and read about beer.

It is time for the annual Craft Beer Holiday Gift Guide. These six items will make the family craft beer lover open presents like a little kid. Let’s see what craft beer gifts that Santa might have in store.

First up is the Mariner Growler Tote from Apotheca Bay. It would be perfect for nautical inspired beers like Ballast Point with its canvas construction, flip-top lid and brass hardware. Plus it has insulation to keep that Sculpin (or whatever beer you fill it with) cold.

The next item is for the person on your list who has been extra, extra, extra good this year. PicoBrew Zymatic is a brewing appliance. Like a microwave but for beer brewing. Set the machine on your countertop, choose from over 100 recipes from brewers, add in the ingredients and press start. Maybe it is more like a crock-pot. But a really smart one because you can even connect it to the internet.

For those who would love to have kegs of beer at the ready at home but don’t want to lug around CO2 tanks and dial in proper temperatures and carbonation, then the Fizzics is for you. You bring home the beer in growlers, cans or bottles and add it to the keg system of Fizzics and you have a little tap at the ready so you can have four ounces or ten of your favorites.

I love books on beer and the ones that I really can dig into are the ones that involve history. This year, I would head to your local book shop and pick up Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever correlates our drinking habits with famous points in time. You get a trip from the Mayflower to JFK as you learn about how beer, spirits and wine have played a part in the growth of the United States.

If you want to help to Kickstart an entrepreneur and you love The Walking Dead then Beerpocalypse is for you. It is a drinking game where the drinking and the game are more important than just drinking. “Beerpocalypse” is post-apocalyptic drinking tabletop game for 2-4 players (of legal drinking age). It takes place in a bar by the same name, ruled by a bloodthirsty monster who calls himself Killgut. He is known to offer up his bar as reward if you can defeat his mutants in the SCUM pits. People travel from all over to Beerpocalypse in hopes of winning the tournament. Nobody has succeeded…yet.”

Personally, my favorite beer gift is when I get a mixed pack of beers. It can be as simple as a six-pack of beers from one brewery or one style from many breweries. Even better would be to create a pack brewed locally for beer lovers who haven’t had the chance to drink our our local beers.

Your Beer of the Week comes from the brewers at Samuel Adams and it is a Mother Funker. A Kosmic Mother Funker to be precise. Their special limited-release Belgian-style ale is on what they call a “Tasting Tour” from beer loving city to the next beer loving city. This beer is aged in Hungarian oak tuns, plus it gets to interact with wild yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. Kosmic Mother Funker has been tapping across Los Angeles all week but you still may find it at Beer Blast locations such as Blue Palms Brewhouse, The Daily Pint or The Surly Goat. Check their websites to see if they have it on tap.

Your Homework this week is another great gift. One that won’t cost you anything but a little time and gas. The next time a beer friend or friends want to head out to a brewery or beer festival, offer to be their designated driver. There was a time in Los Angeles when we didn’t have either bounty. Now there are plenty of opportunities and plenty of places to visit. Maybe you can start a trend where everybody helps out each other.

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.


Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman's writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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