Break out the gift bag to see which fun beer gear is available to help improve your spring.
Do you need more hop aroma in your life? We can’t drive by a hop field, but the next best thing is the HopNose hoppy air freshener. Shaped in the distinctive cone of our beloved beer ingredient, it will make the drive to the next brewery or L.A. Beer Blast bar go by quickly.
When people come over to your house, are they warned about your craft beer fanaticism? You have some excellent doormat choices to let those people at the door know that they better bring better beer to your home than what they may have in their hands. My favorite is the Open Door Policy version. But there are many more out there.
Stone Brewing Co. has now dipped their toes into the world of canning and what better place to start than with the original and iconic Arrogant Bastard Ale. 16-ounce cans are emblazoned just like their bottles with the minuscule font on the back and the question of whether you are worthy enough to drink the beer.
With all sorts of beer information at our fingertips on the internet, it might be hard to believe that you could answer a question even faster. With the Beer Style pint glass from Pop Chart Lab, you will have an artfully crafted diagram of the major beer styles in your hand without Wi-Fi. With so much information, the color of the beer may be partially blocked, but it is a small price to pay for education.
Dogfish Head was the first to add their beer to pickle brine but now there are more choices on shelves. Prefer your pickles with hefeweizen? You can try that from Bread and Butter or if you are a fan of Victory Brewing‘s Prima Pils, you can head that direction. I spotted both jars on the shelves of Urban Radish in the Arts District.
The Beer of the Week comes from Brewery Ommegang. Their homage to Season 6 of “Game of Thrones,” Seven Kingdoms, is partially traditional Belgian-style wheat partially a hoppy American beer. As the brewery states for those averse to Red or Purple Weddings, “Seven Kingdoms harmoniously weds citrusy and herbal American hops, with wheaty maltiness and moderate bitterness.”
Another place to find some excellent and classy beer gear recently opened in Venice near the corner of Lincoln & Washington Boulevards. Firestone Walker recently opened a full-blown outpost with a full service restaurant (and at some point when the city deems it OK brewery). Right now it is limited dinner service only but hours will grow and it is also the closest drive to get the special Barrelworks sours and special beers. I would recommend trying one of their cask offerings like Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale (UDBA) or my favorite the Bretta Weisse. You will easily find the perfect gift in clothing, food and most importantly beer.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.