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Shopping at a brewery beats the mall every time

Mother's Brewing Company beanieDon’t overlook how excellent the shopping can be in brewery and brewpub gift stores.

You might pick up a present for a fan of a far away brewery in its online store, but there’s much to be said for shopping local and in person. We’re thinking today about wearables — thus the beanie from Mother’s Brewing in Springfield, Mo. — but you never know what you might came across in a brewery store. From mustard made with the brewery’s beer bottle cap earrings.

And as long as you’ve taken the time to visit the brewery … well, you know the rest.

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Get that hoppy clean feeling

Beer soapThey’ve got beer soap at Think Geek (the one pictured here). They’ve got beer soap at Amazon. They’ve got beer soap at our local brewery. They’ve got beer soap in the online store of you favorite not-so-close to home brewery.

Each will vary, so we’ll pass along the Think Geek description:

- Hoppy and practically edible soap that smells like beer
- Made with all-natural, vegan ingredients
- Smells like beer fresh from the tap – yum!
- Can be used to wash body or even hair
- Great for people with sensitive skin or allergies to commercial soaps
- Each individually wrapped bar is 3″ across x 1″ tall and 4.5 ounces

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Don’t leave home without beer

Beer toteTraveling with beer can present particular challenges, whether you are hauling a six-pack across town or flying some distance.

We’ve found that a traditional six-pack carrier works well for short trips. You might consider the tote pictured here a bit much, but it can be a good present and offers extra protection and insulation. It also works to throw in your luggage.

Special packaging (look for something called “bottle armor) also makes an excellent present for a beer drinking travelers. A cheaper alternative (maybe for yourself) is to use bubble wrap and thick rubber bands. Even if you aren’t taking beer with you might make room in your bag for packaging to use on the return trip.

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Beer as a piece of the puzzle

Beery jigsaw puzzleSorry, doing jigsaw puzzles and drinking beer might make you free smarter, but there is no proof it actually works. We’re fine with the fact it can be fun. More so when the puzzle has a beer theme.

There must already be rules for an accompanying drinking game.

The puzzle pictured here is one of several beer-related puzzles at Amazon, but you can find them at a surprising range of places, like Toys”R”Us or your local bookstore.

Just remember to assemble responsibly.

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Bobble Openers

These are the sort of things you either love or hate. They’re very colorful and modern looking, not at all like a traditional bottle opener. But for the right bar or kitchen, they’re pretty cool. Fun wobbly figures open bottles with their strong stainless steel teeth.

Bobble Openers

Designed by Kikkerland, they’re fairly inexpensive depending on where you get them, making them a great stocking stuffer. Amazon sells them for $7 per bobble opener. You’ll find them at other sites and in brick and mortar stores as well.

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