Why don’t beer gift packs include a bottle opener?
You’ve got beer. You’ve got a glass. They are otherwise perfect.
More breweries seem to have come to the same conclusions because we’re certainly seeing more gift packs in more places — like at Cost Plus and the local grocery store.
They come in a variety of configurations. Some include beers only from one brewery, others multiple brands though usually from the same country. Not all, sadly, include glassware.
A few examples (with more to follow once we are embarrassed by who isn’t included):
Lindemans Gift Box. One bottle each of Lindemans Framboise and Pomme, a stemmed Lindemans glass.
Weihenstephan Gift Box. Bottles of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissebier, Kristall, Dunkel and Vitus (a pale weizenbock) plus a wheat beer glass.
Saranac 12 Beers of Winter. A variety pack with two bottles each of Saranac Belgian Ale, Big Moose Ale, Maple Porter, Winter Lager, Rye IPA and Black Lager. Sorry, no glass.
Full Sail Gift Box. Here’s a brewery that got it right. Two 22-ounce bottles (Wreck the Halls and Old Boardhead Barleywine), two pint glass, a Full Sail T-shirt, coasters, stickers and a keychain bottle opener.
Unibroue Gift Pack. Eight bottles, different Unibroue beers.
Samuel Smith Selection Box. Bottles of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown Ale and Pale Ale, a glass and coasters.