The craft beer scene is in full swing these days, so treat a beer loving friend to a gift to help them enjoy their IPAs, stouts, and sours.
My Top Gift Choice For Craft Beer Lovers
Thankfully the days when your only options when walking into a bar were bland, tasteless, mass-produced beers are over.
Because nowadays it's all about the craft beer.
As there are hundreds of independent micro-breweries all over the world that are creating great tasting beers.
So you can now choose from a wide variety of beer, such as pilsners, pale ales, IPAs, darks, sours, reds, and stouts, to name just a few.
Each with their own distinctive flavours, ranging from fruity, bitter, and sharp, to chocolatey and sweet.
And this delicious variety has created a huge audience of craft beer fanatics, who are passionate about great tasting beer, and are keen to sample all the different styles and concoctions.
So if you have a friend or loved one who loves craft beer, how about getting them a gift to help them enjoy it even more.
And to help you choose, I've put together the following list of gift ideas for craft beer lovers, which includes a variety of things they will appreciate.
1. A Selection Of Craft Beers To Enjoy
The most obvious gift to get for a craft beer fan is the actual beer itself.
And with such a wide selection of craft beers available today, it's really easy to put together a gift box of their favourites, alongside some new ones for them to try.
So head down to your local craft beer bottle shop and pick out a few winners for a gift that they are sure to enjoy.
Or if you want to buy some ready made selections, you could buy beer gift packs online directly from their favourite breweries, or from sites such as Craftshack.
2. A Monthly Craft Beer Delivery Subscription
You can also take the beer selection gift idea a step further by signing them up for a monthly subscription box of beers online.
These services are run by experts in craft beer, who put together a fresh selection of 12 bottles from new and established breweries to send out to their subscribers each month.
And as they pride themselves on only selecting the best craft beers, you can be sure that they will do a great job.
As you can sign up for a single month, or keep it as an ongoing subscription if you want a gift that continues to deliver!
3. A Gift Voucher For Their Local Craft Beer Bottle Shop
Getting a craft beer lover a selection of beers to enjoy is a great gift idea.
However, many true aficionados will be very picky about what beers and breweries they like.
Which means you run the risk of getting them some beers that they don't enjoy, and that end up getting poured down the sink rather than the gullet!
So if you want to make sure they get the beers they actually want, it can be a safer gift idea to get them a gift voucher for their local craft beer bottle shop instead.
As this way they can choose for themselves, and you still get the satisfaction of treating them to a few cold ones.
4. Take Them On A Brewery Tour
Small microbreweries are popping up all over the place nowadays.
They can be on your local high street, on industrial estates, under railway arches, or basically anywhere where the rents are cheap and they can fit their brewing equipment.
And these are great places to take a craft beer enthusiast for an afternoon.
As many run brewery tours where they can get to see the whole brewing process from start to finish.
And they can then spend an hour or two enjoying the freshest of craft beer for themselves in the brewery's own tap room.
So this can make for a great gift for them, but also for you too!
5. Take Them On A Craft Beer Crawl
If you're lucky enough to live in an area that has many breweries or brew pubs, then this opens up a fantastic gift idea for someone who loves craft beer.
Which is taking them on a craft beer bar and brewery crawl.
As this is a great way to spend a day with a loved one by going on an adventure together, trying a range of different beers, meeting fellow enthusiasts, and generally having a wonderful time.
And with new bars and micro breweries popping up all over nowadays, most cities should have enough places to plan out an interesting route.
You can also check out this article for some more well established routes.
6. Take Them To A Craft Beer Festival
Beer festivals happen each year all over the world, and are a real heaven for craft beer lovers.
As you get to spend the day surrounded by fellow enthusiasts, meet the brewers, and get to choose from 100s of delicious and fresh beers to sample.
Not to mention all the music, entertainment, and street food options to line the stomach and soak up all the beer!
So getting a couple of tickets and taking a friend to a craft beer festival when it comes to town is another great gift idea for them.
7. Give Them A Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Treating a loved one to an advent calendar is a great way to build excitement during the holiday season and help them to countdown to the big day.
And the good news for those of us buying gifts for craft beer lovers is, you can now get advent calendars filled with delicious beer!
So what better early Christmas gift could you think of than one of these, as they will get to open a new window each day and try a different craft beer.
And a good one to go for is the 12 Beers Of Christmas craft beer box from City Brew Tours.
Just get your order in early, as these always sell out fast every year.
8. A Nice Set Of Beer Glasses
It may sounds surprising at first, but the type of glass you drink your beer from is really important to the taste of it.
This is because different types of beer need to be served in different shapes of glasses to release the flavours and aromas to their maximum potential.
So the perfect glass for an IPA will be very different from what is needed for a stout or a sour.
Which makes a selection of craft beer glasses a top gift idea for a lover of craft beer.
As this will give them a glass for each different style of beer they try, ensuring they get the optimum taste and flavour.
And for a good gift box, check out the Spiegelau craft beer tasting set.
9. Brewery Branded Beer Glasses
Another gift idea would be to get them a set of glasses from their favourite brewery.
As not only are they getting a high quality glass that is optimised for the craft beer they are putting into it, they also get to rep their favourite beer makers.
So look online, as most breweries have shops now where you can order branded accessories from.
Or if you have a smaller, independent local brewery, maybe take a drive over there and see if you can buy some direct.
10. A Flight Board With Tasting Glasses
One of the best ways to try a few different craft beers when visiting a brewery or brew pub is to order a flight of beers.
As this gives you a small sample of what they have to offer, giving you just enough for a taster and letting you see which ones you like.
So getting a craft beer lover their own flight board and set of sampler glasses can be a great gift idea for those that like to entertain at home.
As this way they can offer these out when friends come over, letting them sample and taste everything.
And a good one to go for is the beer tasting flight sampler set above, as this also has a chalkboard so you know which beer is which!
11. A Growler To Take Their Favourite Beer Home In
A growler is a pretty unusual name, but it's basically an air-tight glass or aluminium container that you put draft beer in to keep it fresh to take home with you.
And these are incredibly popular with craft beer lovers.
Because you can fill your growler with brewery fresh beer straight from the tap, and it'll stay fresh at home for a couple of days.
So they make for great gifts, and there are many great growlers to choose from, such as the Stanley Classic easy-pour growler.
However, if you want to get them something extra special then check out the GrowlerWerks uKeg carbonated growler.
As this one doesn't just store the beer and keep it fresh, it also keeps it carbonated, and allows you to pour it from the tap on the side.
Giving you beer just as fresh and good as you would get in a craft beer bar.
12. A Cooler Bag To Keep Their Beer Cold
Nothing ruins a good beer more than drinking it when it's not chilled.
And while you won't experience this when getting a bottle straight from the fridge, if you want to enjoy craft beer on picnics, hikes, or days on the beach, then you need a way to keep it cold.
So getting a craft beer fan a cooler bag to keep their beers in on days out is a really nice idea.
As this way they'll always have a cold beer on hand, no matter how hot the weather gets.
And one that is ideal for this and as a gift is the YETI Hopper flip cooler.
As this one is easy to carry over the shoulder, is leak proof, and has enough space inside for 6 cans and the ice to keep them cold.
13. An Outdoor Beer Glass To Drink From
If you know a craft beer lover who doesn't enjoy drinking straight from the can or the bottle, then an outdoor beer glass can make for a useful gift.
As these glasses are double insulated, and designed to be able to keep their beer cold, while being durable enough to stand up to the rigours and hazards presented by the outdoors.
So they're great for camping trips, picnics, or days at the beach.
And a good choice that looks like a traditional beer mug is the Stanley adventure vacuum stein above.
14. A Book To Learn More About Craft Beer
There is so much to learn when it comes to craft beer.
From the different flavours and brewing methods, down to finding out how each beer was developed, and where in the world it originated from.
And as a craft beer lover it's great to educate yourself, as the more you know, the more you will appreciate the beer you're drinking.
So getting them a book about craft beer is a nice gift idea that can really help them to understand things better.
And one that is great for improving their overall beer knowledge is The Complete Beer Course by Joshua Bernstein.
As it runs through all the different types of beer available, where they originated from, how they're made, and which ingredients go into them.
So they'll get to know the differences between pilsners, IPAs, sours and stouts in intricate detail.
And the following craft beer books also make good gift choices too.
15. A Craft Beer Journal To Keep Track Of What They've Tried
With so many craft beers available nowadays, and so many new batches being created all the time, it can be hard to remember which ones you've already tried.
This is why many true craft beer fans like to keep a beer journal containing their thoughts and observations on each new beer they try.
As this way they always have a reference to go back to when they need to jog or refresh their memory.
So getting them something like The Craft Beer Journal is a nice stocking filler gift idea.
As this has sections on each page that they can fill in to note which beer they've tasted and when, whether it was from a cask, keg, can or bottle, and their notes on the taste, flavour, and aroma.
Which makes it a handy thing to have in their pocket when they're out testing new beers.
16. A Reliable Bottle Opener
Every bottle of beer needs to be opened.
So don't let a loved one get caught short and have to use a combination of their keys, lighter, and teeth to get at the good stuff.
Instead, buy them a nice bottle opener that they can keep on hand to crack their beers open whenever they like.
As something like the YETI bottle opener is a perfect gift, as it will fit on to their key ring, meaning they'll always have it with them.
17. Buy Them A Stake In Their Favourite Brewery
Now this final gift idea on our list for craft beer lovers is a bit out of left-field, but it can work really well as an unexpected yet thoughtful gift.
Because many craft beer fans dream of owning their own brewery.
So why not treat them to the next best thing, and buy them a small stake in their favourite brewery, as there are many small (and larger) breweries that allow you to invest in their business.
Now these stakes obviously aren't going to get them a seat on the board, but it can be a real thrill to feel like they're a part of it all.
And they'll usually get a few benefits as an investor, such as:
So it's a gift that is a fun investment that helps smaller breweries to grow and expand their business.
Meaning they will be playing a part in keeping the craft beer movement going.
And with more independent breweries being bought up by the bigger beer companies each year, it might even be a gift that will turn a profit one day!
Once you've got a taste for craft beer, there's no turning back to the regular stuff again.
So if you have a craft beer fan in your life, why not treat them to something that will help them to enjoy it even more.
As each of the gift ideas for craft beer lovers that I've given you here will enhance their whole beer drinking experience in one way or another.
So let's all raise a glass and say... Cheers!