Here are 10 ways to bring some Christmas cheer(s) to your suds-sipping friends and family.
The time of holiday parties and festive gatherings is upon us once again. Getting a gift for the beer lover in your life can feel daunting—there’s a lot out there, and it’s not always easy to find something of high quality that’s easy on the wallet.
But fear not—we’ve got you covered. Here are some great gifts that every connoisseur on your list will love.
Take a Look at These Books
Beerology, by Mirella Amato: To see just how deep the rabbit hole of beer knowledge goes, Beerology, the first book by Canadian beer educator and master cicerone Mirella Amato, is a fun and informative read that teaches you the basics of beer and provides insights on styles, presentation, cellaring, and, of course, tasting. A great book for both newcomers to and seasoned travellers of the world of beer. ($24.95 in all book stores)
Lost Breweries of Toronto, by Jordan St. John: A must-have for Toronto history buffs and beer lovers. Beer columnist Jordan St. John looks at Toronto’s rich brewing history and explores how breweries helped shape the development of the city we know today. ($21.99 in all book stores)
The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, by David Ort: One of the best things about this incredible cookbook is that, along with several mouthwatering dishes such as fondue and currywurst, food and drink writer David Ort includes recipes for condiments, too—including India Pale Ale mustard, hop salt, and beer vinegar. This would be an excellent gift for the beer-loving foodie in your life. ($29.95 in all book stores)
The World Atlas of Beer, by Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb: Let two of the world’s leading beer experts take your giftee on a trip around the world. This extensive and beautifully illustrated book by Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb not only shows readers the histories, brewing methods, and drinking cultures of different countries, but also serves as an excellent overview of over 500 beers throughout the world. ($33 in all book stores)
Man Walks Into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer, by Pete Brown: This book by famed English beer writer Pete Brown details, casually and often hilariously, the evolution of the modern day English pub and the rise of beer in Britain. From the ancient origins of beer to the story behind British drinking habits, from the rise of lager to the modern industry climate, Man Walks Into a Pub is the perfect book for those wanting to learn and laugh about beer. ($14.99 in all book stores)
Brew It Yourself
For those interested in stepping up to the next level from merely drinking, making your own beer can be an incredibly fun and easy activity. Get the gear and ingredients you need from Toronto Brewing Co.’s homebrew shop which offers five-gallon starter kits starting at $74.99.
If you think a five-gallon kit might be a bit too big, Noble Hop homebrew shop offers a range of one-gallon kits starting at $39.99.
St. Bernardus Mix Pack: Here’s a great deal on one of the best quality beers you will find at the LCBO—$18.95 will get you the majority of this Belgian brewery’s offerings, including its Wit, Watou Tripel, Tripel, Pater 6, Prior 8, and Abt 12. ($18.95, LCBO)
Mill Street Tankhouse Ale and Bierschnaps Gift Pack: The folks at Mill Street Brewery have done something adventurous this holiday season. Their new gift pack includes two bottles of their flagship Tankhouse Ale, a bottle of their Tankhouse Bierschnaps, and two miniature steins. Biershcnaps, for those not in the know, is a 45-per-cent ABV spirit distilled from beer (in this case, Tankhouse Ale). While Bierschnaps is a unique drink on its own, it’s quite an educational experience to try it alongside the beer from which it’s derived. ($19.95, Mill Street Brewery and the LCBO)
Unibroue Sommelier Pack: Another good deal on high-quality beer. This is an excellent selection of beers from the Quebec brewery. The pack contains fan favourites such as La Fin du Monde, Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Blanche de Chambly, Don de Dieu, and Éphémère Pomme. For the price, you could do a whole lot worse. ($12.95, LCBO)