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Gift guide 2012: Gifts for beer lovers

Stumped on what to give the beer lover in your life? Before you buy another bottle-shop gift card, peruse these thoughtful presents.

 
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Beer lover's luxury
A pretty box of ‘lette macarons—available in a rainbow of flavors from coconut to cassis to Sicilian pistachio—is the perfect way to space out sips of the 10th anniversary Samuel Adams Utopias; this year’s maple-syrup-blessed version is fig-sweet and bourbon-hot all at once. 24 macarons for $38, lettemacarons.com
Homestead for the holidays
Christmas on the farm is possible without the rural acreage. Slather fresh biscuits with the fruits of Williams-Sonoma’s Butter-Making Kit, then open an oatmeal-brewed Logsdon Kili Wit, made on a bucolic Oregon farm. $30, williams-sonoma.com
Gifting green
Get eco-friendly karma points by sipping sustainably: Savor the wonderfully dry, tannic Farnum Hill Extra Dry cider while raising your very own fruit-bearing crabapple tree. $80, organicbouquet.com
Closet boozers
Voluptuous and vintagey, both Port Old Viscosity and Pommery Moutarde Royale have boozy secrets; the beer’s partly aged in bourbon barrels, while the condiment—considered one of the world’s loveliest mustards—is blended with Cognac. $22, mustardmuseum.com
Beer by the book
A book and a beer is the ideal way to kill a snowed-in afternoon; curl up with Melville’s epic Moby Dick and Cisco Whale’s Tale, a caramel-rich English-style pale ale straight from Whale Country. $16, amazon.com
Smoke out
Feel the burn (twice!) when you illuminate a sweet, malty-smelling Anhoki Beer Candle (the wax and wick are organic!) and crack open Golden Road Burning Bush, a first-of-its-kind smoked IPA. $20, anhoki.com
Hot hot heat
A double dose of heat will please the guy who shakes Tabasco on everything. Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza’s brewed with green chilies—perfect for washing down bites of Morning Glory’s perfectly crispy brittle in flavors like New Mexico Chili Pumpkin Seed. $5 for 2 ounces, morninggloryconfections.com
South-of-the-border sweet
Warm up, south-of-the-border style with nibbles of dark, coffee-and-spice-infused Taza Mexican chocolate and a snifter of New Holland El Mole Ocho, brewed with dried chilies and coffee—just like the traditional sauce. $4.50 each, tazachocolate.com
Deli-style
Bring the deli home with the rye-and-peppercorn Dieu du Ciel Route de Espice and a 3-pound whole pastrami from NorCal food truck Pastranomy. The meat arrives with glaze, deli mustard and a fresh loaf of corn-rye. $80, pastranomy.com
App and away!
Voyage to Belgium—first via a bottle of 2012 LambikX, a blend of lambics hand-selected by beer importer Don Feinberg, then by plane, armed with a subscription to TripIt Pro, which corrals all of your travel plans (flights, hotel reservations, frequent travel accounts) into a single app. $49 per year, tripit.com
Flavor creator
Go ahead, play with your beer—and you don’t need to hunt down a Randall to do it. An infuser like the Gamila Teastick steeps your pint with any ingredient imaginable, from fresh hops to orange peels; mild Stillwater Premium is the perfect beer to experiment with. $18, gamilacompany.com
Keep your hops close
Once they get their mitts on it, hop-heads don’t let the world-class double IPA Alchemist Heady Topper out of sight; good thing the Portable Drink Klip turns any surface—chair arm, shelf, park bench—into a hands-free beer holder. $22, fredflare.com
Drink 'n' doodle
The perfect beer pairing: One of Etsy shop MADEbyQ’s notebooks (made from reclaimed sixpack carriers) and a bottle to match. $12, etsy.com/shop/madebyq

 

Published November/December 2012
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