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When it comes to buying gifts, beer lovers can be a finicky breed. Just going to the grocery store and grabbing any old cold six-pack, wrapped in paper and finished with a bow, will not cut it. Instead, beer is just the starting point for gifting your favorite beer geeks, a group that’s as diverse as beer itself. Great glassware, a high-quality cooler, insulated holders, and a couple of educational books will bring a grin to a beer fan’s mug, which you can also fill with some fresh local beer delivered in a brand-new growler.
With the help of some industry pros, we put together this list of the best gifts for beer drinkers.
Spiegelau IPA Glass Set
Designed to funnel fragrances
Ridged base makes it easy to hold
Tricky to clean
If you’re drinking most of your IPAs at home, you need to get great bar-quality glassware. “Since I haven’t been able to go to bars as much as I’d like this year, I’ve loved bringing the bar to my house,” says Amanda Zessin, the communication manager for Rogue Ales. She loves the Spiegelau IPA glass because “it’s designed to showcase the complex and alluring aromatic profiles of the IPA beer style by preserving a frothy head while enhancing the taste and mouthfeel. I can now savor my favorite IPAs like Outta Line in the safety of my home!”
Includes: 2 IPA glasses | Capacity: 19 ounces each | Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.3 x 7.3 inches
Arra David and Anne Johnson Beer Chilling Coasters
Keeps drinks cool
Beautiful stone aesthetic
Can coaster won’t fit bottles (and vice versa)
There’s nothing quite like a cold beer, and for those who want to keep their drinks cooler for longer, there’s this coaster set. Made of granite, the coasters can be placed in the fridge or freezer before enjoying a brew. Featuring a deep well, the coasters help prevent any spills by keeping cans or bottles secure. Each coaster also features a foam bottom to keep it from damaging surfaces. A perfect mix of fashion and function, these coasters will serve any beer lover well.
Material: Granite, cork, polyethylene foam | Dimensions: 3.88 x 3.88 x 1.25 inches
Well Told Design Etched Marathon Pint Glass
Features marathon routes in major cities
Not sold in sets
Know someone who runs marathons (or just really likes city maps)? These pint glasses from Well Told feature beautifully etched marathon routes in major cities. From Tokyo to NYC to London and beyond, there are 15 different designs available. The glasses also feature the coordinates and date of the inaugural race.
Material: Etched glass | Capacity: 16 ounces | Dimensions: 3.5 x 6.75 inches
Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit
A range of recipes available
Diverse beer options
Doesn't come with bottles
Only a one gallon yield
As with baking sourdough, homebrewing has seen a resurgence lately. “The good people at Brooklyn Brew Shop have the perfect set-up for the novice enthusiast,” says Shaun O’Sullivan, the brewmaster and a founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. The one-gallon beer kits provide the essential equipment for making a batch of your favored style. O’Sullivan is partial to the Black Is Beautiful imperial stout kit, a collaboration with San Antonio craft brewery Weathered Souls. “It is bold and rich.”
Includes: Everyday IPA making mix, 1-gallon reusable glass fermenter, glass spirit-filled thermometer, vinyl tubing, racking cane and tip, chambered airlock, cleanser, screw-cap stopper
Stanley Classic 64 oz Easy-Pour Vacuum Insulated Growler
No pouring spout
“Hands down, the best gift for a beer lover is beer,” says Hayley Shine, the brewer at Roe Jan Brewing Company in Hillsdale, New York. She recommends buying fresh beer from a local brewery; it can use your business more than ever. If the brewery or brewpub does not offer can or bottles, you’ll want to tote the beer home in an insulated growler (or, opt for a gift card and an empty growler). Try the Stanley Classic, which can keep 64 ounces of beer cold and pressurized for up to 24 hours.
Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 64 ounces | Insulation: Double-walled insulation
Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator
Multiple colors available
A good beer sleeve is essential to drinking beer outdoors. “With a well-insulated Koozie, you’re able to enjoy that temp from the first sip to the last sip,” says Yiga Miyashiro, the director of brewery operations at Saint Archer Brewing Company, in San Diego. These stylish, heavy-duty can holders from YETI come in a variety of sizes, fitting everything from that slim can of hard seltzer to a 16-ounce can of your favorite hazy IPA.
Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: (1) 12-ounce can | Insulation: Double-wall vacuum insulation
REI Co-op Cool Haul 24 Soft Cooler
Made with recycled materials
Has multiple handles and an adjustable strap
Leakproof insulated interior
A cooler is a must-have commodity for picnics, cookouts, and trips to the beach. This insulated cooler from REI can carry 24 standard-sized cans. With 10 pounds of ice in the leakproof interior, the cans will stay below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 65 hours–perfect for long road trips. The cooler is easy to carry, too, since it has a top handle, two side handles, and an adjustable (and removable) shoulder strap. It may be a bit expensive, but this sturdy and durable cooler will serve you well for a long time, making it worth the investment.
Capacity: 28 liters | Weight: 4 pounds 7.5 ounces | Dimensions: 12 x 14 x 17 inches
Swag Brewery Breakfast Stout Brew Candle
Container made from recycled beer bottles
Long burn time (40+ hours)
Breakfast scent stronger than stout aromas
Enjoying aromas is a big part of the drinking experience. Fortunately, Swag Brewery has a number of candle options available featuring the scents of popular beers. This one in particular is made to resemble a breakfast stout and has notes of cinnamon, maple, and coffee. Made from soy wax, the candle has a 40-hour burn time, and the glass container is made from recycled beer bottles. Not a fan of stouts? Swag Brewery also has candles that smell like bourbon whiskey, hard cider, hoppy IPA, vanilla porter, and vintage merlot.
Material: Recycled glass, soy wax | Capacity: 8 ounces | Burn Time: 40+ hours
That’s Nice That UK Beer Cap Collector Coaster
Oak or walnut finish
Fits all standard size bottle caps
Each coaster holds nine caps
No caps included
Bottle caps are a favorite collectible among beer lovers. Whether they want to collect a bunch from their preferred brands or preserve memories from tasting craft brews, this wooden coaster can hold nine caps each. Available in either oak or walnut finish, the coasters are handmade in Leicestershire, England.
Material: Oak, walnut | Dimensions: 4.7 x 4.7 inches
Skyline Workshop United States of America Beer Cap Map
Preserves travel memories
Mounting nails included
No state outlines
The large version of Skyline Workshop’s wall-mounted wooden map can hold around 118 beer caps, creating a visual survey of your drinking adventures across the USA. There are two wood types to choose from (maple and cherry) and two size options as well (regular and large).
Material: Wood (maple, cherry) | Weight: 1.41 pounds | Dimensions: 12 x 24 x 0.25 inches
Uncommon Goods Repurposed Sari Drink Cozy
Made of recycled clothing
Durable burlap bottoms
Can’t select colors or patterns
Did you know that about 17 million tons of clothing textiles end up in US landfills each year? Fashion waste is a huge environmental issue, but fortunately many people are coming up with creative ways to combat it. For example, these adorable drink koozies are made from recycled saris. Each one is unique, featuring bright colors and patterns. Not only do they help to grip a drink, but they also wick away pesky condensation to keep hands dry. These koozies fit both bottles and cans, making them fashionable and functional.
Material: Recycled saris, burlap | Dimensions: 4 x 3 inches
Left Coast Original Personalized Beer Flights
Fits most styles of beer glass
Various sizes and sets available
Fans of microbreweries will be quite familiar with beer flights. The plank of wood holds beers in place for an incredible sampling experience. Left Coast Original creates one-of-a-kind personalized beer flights that fit four glasses of any style. Many of the boards also feature shallow pockets perfect for bar snacks. Made from bamboo, the wooden products come in amber, blonde, or espresso colors. Each plank also features a personalized name or phrase in 10 different eye-catching designs.
Material: Architectural bamboo | Dimensions: 6 x 18 or 8 x 18 inches
RedElephantClothing Personalized Beer Caddy Waxed Canvas Tote Bag
Removable bottle divider
Top doesn’t close
If you go to any party or gathering that’s BYOB, you’ll need a sturdy tote to carry your brews. This one is made of durable waxed canvas and features a removable six-bottle divider to keep your bottles from clinking against each other. You can customize the initials or monogram in a number of fonts, styles, and colors.
Material: Waxed canvas | Capacity: 6 standard beer bottles | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 6 inches
Sproutjam Beer Pantone Poster
Eye-catching minimalist design
Multiple sizes available
Prints, frames, and canvas options
Rush shipping not available for larger prints
In many ways, a good glass of beer is a work of art. If the beer lover in your life wants to decorate their office or home bar, this Pantone-style poster is a great choice. It features a beautiful array of shades, each labeled with a classic beer style. Subtle, yet eye-catching, it’s an elegant choice to celebrate the famed drink. The print is available on matte paper or canvas. There are also frames available if you want to package the gift fully. There are multiple sizes and orientations to choose from, as well.
Material: Matte paper, canvas | Dimensions: 8 x 10 to 24 x 36 inches
Langley Metal Works Custom Metal Brewery Sign
Multiple sizes and colors available
Plasma cut and powder coated
Hanging chains sold separately
Personalized items not eligible for refunds
Personalizing a gift really adds a special touch. This beautiful hanging metal sign from Langley Metal Works is highly customizable, so you can tailor it to the recipient. There are 20 colors to choose from, with textured, glossy, or matte finishes. Additionally, the craftsmen will laser-cut a custom name and phrase into the sign to make it one of a kind. The sign comes in four sizes—12, 16, 22, and 30 inches. While there are two holes for suspending the sign, the hanging chains are not included and must be purchased separately. For lightly customized signs, the store has a two to five business day turnaround time, but signs that require more changes may take up to two weeks.
Material: Steel | Dimensions: 12, 16, 22, or 30 inches
Shakoolie Happy Hour in the Shower
Uses industrial Velcro
Keeps drinks cool even in a hot shower
Only sticks to non-textured, flat surfaces
“The shower beer will never be overrated, and this is the perfect piece to step up the shower-beer game,” says Rogers of Schlafly. For folks who want to crush a cold beer while taking a hot rinse, he likes the Shakoolie “shower Koozie” that sticks to a tiled wall. (Schlafly offers its own branded version, too.)
Adhesion: Velcro, sticker | Weight: 2.43 ounces | Dimensions: 8.78 x 7.91 x 2.99 inches
Duke Cannon Supply Co. Big Ass Beer Soap
Portion of proceeds benefit US veterans
Made with American lager
Smells like sandalwood
Doesn't actually smell like beer
Recalling the brick soap used by Korean War soldiers, this heavy-duty cleanser provides plenty of foam and a pleasant woody smell with notes of…lager? Yup, the soap is made with Old Milwaukee. Duke Cannon also offers soaps infused with IPA and even Budweiser.
Scent: Woods, sandalwood | Weight: 10 ounces
Personalized Gift Site Customized Bar Mat
Custom name, letter, and color
Thick, non-slip rubber
Limited color options
Rubber mats are used in bars to keep things from tipping over or at least keeping spills contained. Whether they’re underneath draft spouts or used as a cocktail-making surface, they’re useful tools for any bartender. This particular mat is customizable, featuring a monogrammed letter, name, and a few different color choices. Each mat is made of thick rubber with raised nubs and a shallow well to keep spills from spreading. It’s a nice touch to any bar—personal or professional.
Material: Rubber | Dimensions: 19 x 7 inches
Faircraft USA Outdoor Collapsible Beer Table
Includes built-in bottle opener
Easy to assemble and collapse
Works in sand, grass, and dirt
A little low to the ground
Summertime is made for spending time outdoors. With this handmade collapsible beer table, you can enjoy drinks no matter where your outdoor adventure takes you. Thanks to the sturdy fiberglass rod, the table, which stands 2 feet tall, will remain secure when planted in the grass, sand, or dirt. The table features two wide cup holders, a space for a snack bowl, and a built-in metal bottle opener. It’s a versatile and compact tool great for the summer.
Material: Baltic birch plywood, stainless steel, fiberglass | Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 24.5 inches
Stuart Gardiner Beer and Food Pairing Guide Towel
Machine washable (on cold)
Features hundreds of beer and food pairings
Perfect for sopping up spills or clearing away condensation, a good towel is something every home bartender needs. This particular towel features hundreds of food pairings for different styles of beer in a neat, grid pattern. Made of machine-washable cotton, it’s a long and absorbent towel that will get the job done (and teach you something while you’re cleaning).
Material: Cotton | Dimensions: 29 x 19 inches | Number of Pairings: 2,400
Man Crates Booze-Infused Jerkygram
Four different snacks
Interesting wrapping options
There are so many ways to enjoy beer beyond just drinking it. Man Crates knows this well and created a booze-flavored jerky box. It features four different and delectable snacks–dark ale jerky, wild boar honey bourbon jerky, whiskey sausage sticks, and cabernet jerky. If you want to send this to someone as a gift, Man Crates also has some interesting wrapping options that may test the patience of friendship. One option is to cover the entire box in “Happy Birthday” shipping tape. Another slightly more diabolical option includes completely covering the box in colored duct tape.
Includes: Dark ale jerky, wild boar honey bourbon jerky, whiskey sausage sticks, and cabernet jerky
Uncommon Goods Beer-Infused BBQ Sauce
Beer and grilling go hand in hand. Why not fully combine the two? Uncommon Goods has a line of boozy barbecue sauces that will be the highlight of a cookout. Each of the 12-ounce jars features bold flavors paired with real ale. The varieties include Thai-style sriracha, honey mustard, and sweet and smoky. Made with porter, IPA, and amber ale from Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery in Athens, Ohio, this tasty set will have everyone at the cookout licking their lips.
Includes: Sweet and smoky barbecue sauce made with craft porter ale, Thai-style sriracha barbecue sauce made with IPA, honey mustard barbecue sauce made with amber ale
NewAir Beverage Refrigerator Cooler
Automatic defrost settings
Heavy (63 pounds)
This fridge may be mini, but it is mighty. Able to fit 126 beverage cans, it’s a great addition to any workspace, theater room, patio, dorm, or study. The shelves are adjustable in order to make room for taller items, such as bottles. The clear glass door and interior light allow people to see inside and check what’s stocked. Complete with compressor cooling and an automatic defrost setting, the high-tech fridge is compact enough to fit just about anywhere. Temperatures can go down to a chilly 37 degrees Fahrenheit.
Material: Stainless steel, glass | Temperature Range: 37 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit | Dimensions: 33.13 x 19 x 18.25 inches
Jeremiah and Kassy Reynolds Personalized Backyard Brews Bottle Opener
Made from authentic oak bourbon barrels
Includes wall-mounting hardware
Wall-mounted bottle openers ensure there’s always a tool on hand to pop open a cold drink. This particular wall-mounted opener from the Ozarks workshop of crafters Jeremiah and Kassy Reynolds is made from real bourbon barrels and features authentic wine barrel rings, as well. Perhaps best of all, the opener can be customized to include a name and year stamped into the wood. The opener comes complete with all the mounting gear you’ll need to set it up and get to popping off bottle caps.
Material: Cast iron, reclaimed oak bourbon barrel, repurposed wine barrel rings | Dimensions: 18 x 4 x 2 inches
Rebel Alliance Star Wars Millenium Falcon Metal Keychain
Highly detailed design
A little thin
A standard bottle opener is all well and good, but a novelty opener adds a bit of flair. Fans of Star Wars will love this Millennium Falcon-shaped bottle opener made of durable blaster-resistant beskar (ok, it’s really made of zinc alloy). It’s a perfect tool to open drinks for a good, old-fashioned movie marathon. Like the Force, this bottle opener will be with you. Always.
Material: Solid zinc alloy | Weight: 1.3 ounces | Dimensions: 2.36 x 1.77 x 0.16 inches
Ward Wallau TPC Sawgrass Golf Ball Bottle Opener
Real PGA tour golf balls
Comes with authenticity card
Fore! If someone you know is a huge fan of both golf and beer, then this is a must-have gift. The golf balls featured on the handle are officially licensed by the PGA Tour and were taken from the infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass course in Florida. The opener itself is made from sturdy brass with a sleek silver finish.
Material: Brass, golf balls | Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 2 inches
Blue Ox Wood Shop B.O.W.S. Style Bottle Opener
Doesn’t bend caps
No protective cover for the metal teeth
Every beer lover needs a good, reliable bottle opener, and a handmade bottle opener that features their name, favorite color, or a logo is a fantastic gift to consider. Blue Ox Wood Shop has an excellent option that features an ergonomic handle, a bolt-style opener that keeps the caps intact, and even a magnet on the back for hanging it on the fridge. It’s customizable from the wood to the color to the layers. Blue Ox Wood Shop even sends you an art proof before making it, so you can double check the look before gifting.
Material: Wood, stainless steel | Weight: 8 ounces | Dimensions: 8 x 1.75 inches
Beer of the Month Club The Rare Beer Club Membership
Features artisanal beer
Monthly newsletters with tasting notes and pairings
“A beer club membership is the gift that typically keeps giving,” says Brett Faivre, the brewmaster at Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. Naturally, he’s a fan of the Deschutes Reserve Club, featuring small-batch releases of barrel-aged beer. Another great option is the Rare Beer Club. It features monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly shipments of in-demand beers from breweries such as Mikkeller and Perennial.
Delivery: Monthly, bimonthly, quarterly | Size: 2, 4, or 6 beers
33 Books Co 33 Bottles of Beer
Track beer tastes on-the-go
Ink tends to bleed through pages
Careful note-taking can help you make sense of a beer’s scents. “Tasting beer is a journey, and it’s fairly common to get lost along the way,” says Gene Buonaccorsi, the director of marketing for Maine’s Mast Landing Brewing. “This rad little book is an awesome way to keep track of the thoughts that flicker around after you’re a couple of beers into the session. Forget Untappd, the pen is your pal.”
Pages: 33 | Published: 2016 | Dimensions: 3.2 x 0.2 x 5.6 inches
Maureen Ogle Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
Fascinating and informative
A little dense
If you’re flush with extra free time, try reading a great beer book such as Maureen Ogle’s 'Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer.' “If you like history and you like beer, this is your book,” says O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment Brewery.
“'Ambitious Brew' is a historical account of beer in America from the wave of German immigration in the late 1800s and how that led to the popularization of the lager style we enjoy today from the largest multinational breweries.”
Pages: 432 | Published: 2007 | Formats: Hardcover, paperback
Joshua M. Bernstein The Complete Beer Course
Formatted as easy-to-follow classes
Includes information on international beers
More of an overview than a deep dive
The world of beer can be mighty overwhelming. Maybe I’m a little biased here, but my book is a fantastic compass for navigating the confusing world of pilsners, IPAs, barrel-aged stouts, sour ales, and more. After reading this book, you’ll be able to namecheck your favorite hop varieties and cruise beer aisles with confidence.
Pages: 320 | Published: 2013 | Formats: Kindle e-reader, Audible audiobook, hardcover, paperback, audio CD
Garrett Oliver The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer With Real Food
Includes beautiful photography
Sometimes bashes wine and American beer
The classic book from Garrett Oliver “should be at the top of every beer lover’s gift list,” says Sam Pecoraro, the head brewer at Von Ebert Brewing’s location in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. “Not only is it an aesthetically beautiful book, but it’s also a wealth of inspiration, resources, and references. Additionally, Oliver just launched the Michael Jackson Foundation for Brewing & Distilling, a grant-making organization that funds scholarship awards to Black, Indigenous, and people of color within the brewing and distilling trades. The book, along with a donation, would make the perfect gift!”
Pages: 384 | Published: 2005 | Formats: Kindle e-reader, hardcover, paperback
Michael Jackson The World's Great Beer Styles, Gastronomy, and Traditions
Covers international beers and history
Defines beer varieties
Most recent edition is 2002
This Michael Jackson was the world’s most important beer writer. “His books fused solid journalistic curiosity with his singular prose and wit,” says Dave McLean, a founder of Admiral Maltings. “He put in the miles long before we could travel the world online, and the photos and tales of his brewery visits deliver a powerful assist to his writing—writing that now feels like a beloved old uncle spinning tales from a simpler era. That’s something maybe we could all use a dose of right now.”
Pages: 255 | Published: 1993 | Formats: Hardcover, paperback
What to Look for in a Beer Gift
A gift that performs a helpful function is a gift that will be appreciated. For beer lovers, that gift could be a cooler, bottle opener, koozie, carrier bag, or beer glass. Even books about beer are helpful since they educate and entertain at the same time.
Being useful doesn’t mean a gift has to be bland or ugly. In fact, many beer lovers’ gifts are quite stylish. Many gifts come in multiple colors or designs to add a bit of personal flair. Some are even customizable with initials or a name. Try to find a gift that fits the recipient’s aesthetic.
If you’re giving beer, bar snacks, or other edible goodies, you’ll not only want to make sure that they taste good, but also that the recipient will love them. If you know they love a malty dark lager and some spicy peanuts, try gifting them. It’ll show that you pay attention and are thoughtful.
Can you send beer as a gift?
Mailing alcohol can be a bit complicated. USPS won’t ship any kind of alcohol at all. Private companies like FedEx and UPS do have direct-to-consumer shipping, though with many rules in place. Each state has their own set of rules on shipping alcohol, as well, with some allowing it, others restricting it, and some outright forbidding it.
If you’re concerned about the rules in your state or live in a state that prohibits alcohol shipping, there are still ways to give someone a brew. You could give them a gift card, send a bottle to them through online retailers like Drizly, send a DIY brewing kit, or opt for a non-alcoholic beer-related gift instead.
What makes a good gift for a beer lover?
There are a number of great gifts that any beer lover will appreciate. Helpful tools, like bottle openers or carrying totes, are always great to have on hand. Enthusiasts will appreciate books about beer whether they’re centered around tasting notes or the history of the drink. There are a number of gag gifts that involve beer, as well, like the beer soap we mentioned in this list. Of course, you can’t go wrong with just straight up beer—especially if it’s their favorite kind.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Joshua M. Bernstein knows beer. He's penned five books on the subject, as well as articles for The New York Times, Wine Enthusiast, Men’s Journal, and Imbibe. He interviewed nine beer experts for this article.
Allison Wignall is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She prides herself on giving gifts to her loved ones that are personally tailored to their tastes. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.