Archive | Gift Ideas

… 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.

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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).

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Beercandy: no ABV, but plenty of IBU

Beercandy - beercandy.comIn case you were wondering, the Hopdrops from Beercandy really do smell and taste like Cascade hops.

That seems important to us at Real Beer. We’ve already got plenty of candy, most particularly chocolate, to pair with beer. These stand alone. Not surprisingly, no Beercandy products contain a measurable amount of alcohol. Yet they still taste of beer, though some more than others.

Beercandy offers three basic choices: an assortment of caramels; BeerTaffy in stout and IPA flavors; and the HopDrops, hard candies flavored with Cascade hop oil and bittered with iso-alpha acids.

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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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