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… and one more for the stocking

Pike Brewing bar towelsThere are plenty of smaller beer related items — including a bottle of beer itself — that fit nicely into a stocking. Gift certificates, bottle openers, many of the items listed here during the past month.

However, we’re partial to bar towels. They are versatile, soft when you want them to be, and fold nicely into a stocking.

The one pictured here is from Pike Brewing in Seattle, but you may well be able to locate one in your local brewery’s gift shop.

What’s a beer lover want most?

Samuel Adams UtopiasBeer, of course. There was a time that “Real Beer for the Holidays” included a somewhat comprehensive list of holiday beers. That’s become impossible to compile. But beer remains at the top of any beer lover’s wish list, whether it is seasonal or otherwise special.

Pictured here is Samuel Adams Utopias, which has a suggested retail price of $199 when you are lucky enough to find it.

You don’t need to spend quite as much to find a special beer. You also shouldn’t be intimidated by a beer aisle that has begun to look as scary — so many labels, so many varieties, such a range of prices — as the wine aisle. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If somebody who works at the store isn’t available there’s every chance that another of the customers will be something of a beer expert. Turns out there are times beer geeks can be of use.

You might even find a beer to take home for yourself.

Desconstructing craft beer

Craft Beer posterThere are plenty of beer posters out there. You can find vintage choices at BeerBooks.com and eBay, for instance. Your local brewery or brewpub may well sell posters.

So pick your poison. The Deconstructing Craft Beer poster shown here will remind you of the popular “inforgraphics” that keep showing up on your browser screen.

But it is a lot bigger (scroll down after clicking on the link).

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.

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