I never really understood where the song “12 Days of Christmas” came from and why they got such lame gifts…except of course the five gold rings. So I came up with my own list as a beer enthusiast and what others like me may want this Christmas if you’re having trouble finding that suds-loving partner of yours a gift.
I’ll stay away from shameful plugs for my own merchandise (which can be found at Okie Crowe in the Deco District of Tulsa [OK. One shameful plug]) and focus on some easily attainable and affordable items that won’t bust your wallet like the price of a Utopian.
1. “Mastering Home Brew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer”
by Randy Mosher (Author of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer)
One of my favorite authors has done it again by giving us blue-collar beer brewers the tips and knowledge to brew world class beers in the comfort of our home. This won’t be available until April of next year but you bet I got my preorder in already. In tandem with his Radical Brewing book this rendition gives home brewers tips, recipes and technical knowledge for beginners to novices. I’m most excited to learn how to develop a recipe and create unique craft beer that I would enjoy. Release date April 22, 2014
2. Hydro Flask www.hydroflask.com
Designed to keep beer cold, this is the first vacuum sealed, double-walled, stainless steel, blah blah blah. Frankly what they are saying is it doesn’t get any better than this to store your beer for hikes, camping and picnics and shut up and give them your money. It also keeps coffee piping hot for when you have drank your session IPA or Breakfast Stout too fast and need to cure that hangover. But then why would you want to go and do a thing like that…
3. Okie Crowe Beer Basket
Another way to support local is shop Okie Crowe this holiday season. They have home made soaps made from spent grain, beer making kits, pet treats and custom holiday baskets. Pictured here are Beer Flat crackers, Sfoglini spent grain pasta, Slant Shack Bronk Brewery jerky, Beer Nuts hot bar mix, Beer Is OK koozie, Anarchy in a Jar beer mustard, and A. Whip Designs metal bottle opener.
4. Brew Master: The Craft Beer Game White Labs
This game is perfect for beer fans and home brewers where you collect cards to brew a beer and compete against each other through actual beer events to win the accolades of your adoring fans. While I have not played myself, Brew Master looks challenging as you learn how to brew certains types of ales and learn about all the trials and tribulations that can take place at a microbrewery. Good for beginners who know how to play Rummy and can drink craft beer at the same time.