Everyone has that one relative or friend who absolutely loves beer—the one who reads beer message boards and can distinguish between any hop varietal known to man. If you’ve got a beer geek on your holiday shopping list, here are some gifts that will have them raising a pint to you:
1. Beer cellar: Oenophiles aren’t the only ones who cellar and age their favorite bottles. If your brew-loving pal is a fan of big, chewy imperial stouts or barrel-aged ales, give him or her the gift of temperature-controlled storage. If it’s a really special person, stock it full of Deschutes Abyss. EdgeStar’s beverage chiller has adjustable shelves that will accommodate bombers and a transparent glass door so that guests can ogle your collection.
2. Proper glassware: Make your buddy’s day by gifting him glassware as diverse as his palate. Never again will he have to drink saison from a dimple mug. Williams-Sonoma’s set of Spiegelau IPA glasses are perfect for the hophead on your list, but get him two snifters from Founders Brewing and maybe he’ll share some of that Kentucky Breakfast Stout he’s been hoarding.