The Best Gifts for the Beer Lovers in Your Life

Make someone hoppy with these beer gifts

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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.

Best Beer Glass: Spiegelau IPA Glass Set

Spiegelau IPA Glass Set

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Beautiful appearance

  • Designed to funnel fragrances

  • Ridged base makes it easy to hold

What We Don't Like
  • Fragile

  • 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

Best Home Brewing Kit: Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit

Beer Making Kit

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • A range of recipes available

  • Affordable

  • Diverse beer options

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Growler: Stanley Classic 64 oz Easy-Pour Vacuum Insulated Growler

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Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Insulated

  • Rust-proof

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Insulator: Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator

YETI Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Can Insulator

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Multiple colors available

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

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

Best Cooler: REI Co-op Cool Haul 24 Soft Cooler

REI Co-op Cool Haul 24 Soft Cooler

Courtesy of West Elm

What We Like
  • Made with recycled materials

  • Has multiple handles and an adjustable strap

  • Leakproof insulated interior

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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

Best Insulator for the Shower: Shakoolie Happy Hour in the Shower

Shakoolie Happy Hour in the Shower

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Uses industrial Velcro

  • Keeps drinks cool even in a hot shower

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Wall Art: Skyline Workshop United States of America Beer Cap Map

Skyline Workshop United States of America Beer Cap Map

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Eye-catching design

  • Preserves travel memories

  • Mounting nails included

What We Don't Like
  • 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 1/4 inches

Most Creative: Duke Cannon Supply Co. Big Ass Beer Soap

Duke Cannon Supply Co. Big Ass Beer Soap

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Portion of proceeds benefit US veterans

  • Made with American lager

  • Smells like sandalwood

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Tasting Book: 33 Books Co 33 Bottles of Beer

33 Bottles of Beer
What We Like
  • Pocket-sized

  • Track beer tastes on-the-go

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Tote: RedElephantClothing Personalized Beer Caddy Waxed Canvas Tote Bag

RedElephantClothing beer caddy

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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

Best Membership: Beer of the Month Club The Rare Beer Club Membership

beer-of-the-month-rare-beer-club

Courtesy of Beer of the Month Club

What We Like
  • Features artisanal beer

  • Customizable membership

  • Monthly newsletters with tasting notes and pairings

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

“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 

Best Bottle Opener: Blue Ox Wood Shop B.O.W.S. Style Bottle Opener

B.O.W.S. Style Bottle Opener

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

Best History Book: Maureen Ogle Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
What We Like
  • Fascinating and informative

  • Thoroughly researched

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Book for Craft Beer Newbies: Joshua M. Bernstein The Complete Beer Course

The Complete Beer Course
What We Like
  • Formatted as easy-to-follow classes

  • Includes information on international beers

  • Lively voice

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Book for Foodies: Garrett Oliver The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer With Real Food

The Brewmaster's Table
What We Like
  • Award-winning

  • Includes beautiful photography

  • Passionate writing

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Classic Beer Book: Michael Jackson The World's Great Beer Styles, Gastronomy, and Traditions

Michael Jackson's Beer Companion
What We Like
  • Covers international beers and history

  • Defines beer varieties 

  • Award-winning

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Utility

A gift that performs a helpful function is a gift that will be appreciated. For beer lovers, that kind of 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. 

Style

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.

Taste

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. 

FAQs

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, the author of this piece, 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’s traveled to vineyards around the world, learning about wine from the experts themselves. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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