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Holiday Gift Guide

We are certain the craft beer enthusiast in your life will love one of these great gifts. We’ve tracked down the best brewing equipment, books, shirts, and more to make your holiday shopping extra tasty! Cheers!

 

Pretty Pennie Jewellery

Jewellery designer & metalsmith Hilary Pennie hand crafts these beautiful hop pendants, rings, and earrings.

Pair of Hops Earrings. Available in brass, sterling silver, and rose gold plated.
Hug from a Hop Ring. Available in silver, and brass/silver combo.
Heavy on the Hops 10 grams of solid metal. Available in brass, silver, and rose gold plated.

Bullets 2 Bandages

These bottle openers are made from American, once-fired, .50 caliber ammunition. They donate at least 15% of profits to veteran charities. They have a variety of holiday, event, and armed forces themed openers. Each opener can be custom engraved.

War Against Warm

The Craft’r insulated cup is perfect for camping, BBQing, or a picnic. It will hold your beer’s temperature for as long as needed.

  • Double-walled vacuum insulation
  • BPA FREE, 18/8 food grade stainless steel
  • 20 oz capacity

I Prefer Craft Beer Glassware

Proper glassware is essential for fully enjoying your craft beer. I Prefer Craft Beer’s glassware designs are hand-crafted in house and released in limited quantities.

teku

The Drink Local Teku Glass for IPA is durable, stylish, and sensory refining. The stemmed beer glass incorporates a large angled bowl and flared top lip, which promotes better head retention and enhances the flavor and aroma profiles of your craft beer. The large base of the beer glass provides stability.

I Prefer Craft Beer Silhouette Snifter Glass

The Silhouette Series Stout Glass is a unique craft beer glass that is designed to enhance the olfactory senses (sense of smell), which influence the different types of flavors we taste in craft beer, bourbon whiskey, and other fine spirits.

The Snifter Stout glass boasts a wide-bowl that narrows towards the mouth of the beer glass. The stout beer glass design enhances the subtle differences of the beer by opening up and funneling the aromatics toward your nose.

Brewtiful Apparel

Are you Craft Beer AF? Brewtiful Apparel has you covered with their craft beer themed shirts! Use code “BEERSELFIE” at checkout for a discount!

Earn Your Booze

Earn Your Booze is a fitness apparel brand for those who play hard, and work harder. Your excuse to enjoy your drink, and your reminder to earn it.

Kegerator.com

If you really love the craft beer enthusiast in your life you’ll buy them a kegerator. Kegerator.com has some great deals on Edgestar kegerators for the holidays. They also have some big discounts on brewing equipment right now.

American Homebrewers Association

Buy an American Homebrewers Association gift membership for your favorite homebrewer! A membership includes a subscription to Zymurgy magazine and discounts at hundreds of breweries and homebrew shops.

 

How to Brew

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time is the definitive guide to making great beer at home. It’s great for reading cover to cover, or as a reference when you need some info on brew day. The fully revised and updated fourth edition was recently published with even more great information.

Tasting Beer

This book by Randy Mosher covers a bit of everything: beer styles, flavor profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems. The second edition just came out and it’s even more comprehensive. This is an enjoyable read, and the perfect study companion for the Cicerone exams.

Tavour

This is our only repeat from last year’s gift guide. They have continued to impress over the past year. Let’s see, we’ve scored Dark Star, Abraxas, Pseudo Sue, Yeti, RU55, Boom Sauce, and so many other fantastic beers. They also find amazing beer from breweries across the country that you have probably never heard of. Their unique store/club hybrid model works perfectly for us. You only buy the beers you want, and there is a flat shipping rate for as many beers as you want. Their gift cards make an excellent gift!

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Beer Geek Interview: Taylor Brady

Please introduce yourself.

Hello Beer World!! My name is Taylor Brady and I live in Orange County, NY, an up-and-coming craft beer destination with tons of breweries to be excited about. I work in construction which is all fine and dandy; however, my biggest passion in life is, of course, beer. My love for craft beer began almost 10 years ago, but I recently began homebrewing which is slowly becoming an addiction rather than a hobby.

What’s your relationship to craft beer?

I am, along with hundreds of thousands of other beer drinkers, a beer enthusiast. As I previously mentioned, I began my craft beer journey almost 10 years ago during my final year in college. My relationship with craft beer most recently hit marriage-like status when I decided to take up homebrewing. Beer tourism and beer trading quickly followed. I’m miles into this beer journey, but there’s no end in sight!

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

Since becoming more entrenched in the beer world, I have decided to share my journey with the beer enthusiasts that reside here. I created an Instagram account, @youmeandbrew. It’s initial purpose was to keep somewhat of a journal for my homebrewing experience; however, it has quickly grew into a display for my love of everything craft beer. I like to think my page is best known for the #crushingcans photos. With my IG account came a blog so I can write about my experiences along the way. You can follow me at www.youmeandbrew.com.

What’s the coolest thing to happen to you as a result of your instagram/blog/website?

In all honesty, the coolest thing to happen to me has been the amazing people that I have met. To be able to share my experience with homebrewing and just craft beer in general with thousands of craft beer enthusiasts has been such an amazing experience in itself. I look forward to the many more I will meet as I continue on this path.

Favorite beer style?

I love all styles, but give me a choice and I’ll usually go with an IPA. The hazy/juicy IPA’s are good, but if you hand me both a traditional, clear IPA and a hazy IPA, I’ll go for the traditional 100% of the time. More recently, I have gotten extremely into sours and berliner weisse’s. Beer’s that are completely opposite from an IPA, but are excellent nonetheless.

What are your top 3 favorite breweries?

My three favorite breweries are all local breweries that I think everyone should know about: Equilibrium Brewery, Rushing Duck, and Glenmere Brewery.

Equilibrium Brewery is located in Middletown, NY and was first started by MIT grads. According to their site, Equilibrium Brewery applies scientific principles and a passion for craft brewing to balance drinkability and massive flavor. Although I have never had Treehouse beers, I have even heard a number of people compare their beers to Treehouse.

Rushing Duck is a small family owned and operated brewery located in Chester, NY. They have brewed some of my favorite beers to date: War Elephant, Imperial Beanhead, Divided by Zero, and Brux IPA. They are arguably one of the best breweries in New York State in my honest opinion.

Glenmere Brewery is located in Florida, NY, a hop, skip, and a jump from my living quarters. A very recent startup, they were one of the first breweries I featured on my IG account. If you ever get a chance to stop in and they have Wicked Witch on tap, try it! A black raspberry/dark chocolate stout, it has become arguably my favorite stout.

What was the first beer that turned you onto craft beer?

Funny story (which can be read on my blog), my first ever craft was the beer that didn’t necessarily turn me on to craft beer, but it was a beer that nearly turned me off: Victory’s Hop Devil. You can read the longer version on my blog, but long story short, in college I was heavily into drinking the likes of Bud Light and Keystone, so you can only imagine how my first sip of Hop Devil went. Flash forward to today and I have a completely new appreciation for Hop Devil.

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Beer Geek Interview: Doug McCarthy

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

My beer blog is called Beer-enity Now! (a not so average beer blog). The not so average comes in by that’s it’s not just a craft beer blog where I review, it’s everything beer related. I talk about beers but not in a stiff way, and it’s to have fun and include other subjects I enjoy. I do have an IG that’s under the same name.

What are your personal goals with your instagram/blog/website?

Beer is my passion and favorite kind of beverage so my goal is to make a living out of it. Traveling around to different breweries and really spreading the beer gospel while hopefully making you laugh in the process.

Favorite beer style?

Sours are right up there but #1 has to be IPAs. Regular, double (imperial), triple and everything in between.

Tell us about your favorite drinking buddy.

Buddy may not be the right wording but it’s my girlfriend. A huge beer enthusiast in her own right, really turned me back on to trying as many different beers as possible. While I was slacking I had about 75 unique beers on Untappd. A year and a half later after we met, I’m up to 901.

What beer are you drinking right now?

At the moment I’m drinking a Guinness Rye Pale Ale that I found. I’m always down for Rye related beer so I had to pick it up. Pretty delicious.

Best craft beer city?

I’d have to say Boston with one of the true originators in Sam Adams and now with Treehouse and Trillium.

Do you drink macros?

Yes I drink macros. A lot. My main message is #allbeersmatter. I love beer and that means all types of beer. I prefer craft but I’ll drink a sixer of Bud Lights with no questions asked. Love them.

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