Stuck on what to buy someone who loves beer? Then this round-up of the best gifts for beer lovers should sort you right out. From books and home brew kits, to gadgets and glasses, we've pulled together a list of some of the best beer-related items you can buy right now.
Our beery gift bonanza covers options for every budget and includes ideas for fans of all kinds of ale, whether that's IPA, lager or stout. Just want to buy them some beer or the best non-alcoholic beer? Then scroll down our list and you'll find a delicious, rock-related recommendations, plus we recommend some great online booze delivery services, too.
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Best gifts for beer lovers
Iron Maiden have added a delicious stout to their ever-growing army of Trooper beers. Once again created by singer Bruce Dickinson in partnership with Robinsons Brewery, Fear Of The Dark (4.5% ABV) is full-bodied and rich in flavour, with none-too-subtle hints of coffee and dark-roasted chocolate.
Seeing as it's so moreish, why not treat your loved one to this 8-bottle crate. If you're lucky, they might even share them with you.
Some people say that getting socks for your birthday is kind of boring. But when the socks in question come in a canister with two cans of beer – in this case, a Goose Island Midway session IPA and a Camden Hells lager – well, that's a different matter entirely. The fact that the socks also look like beer is an added bonus... well, we think so anyway.
We can't do much travelling in the middle of a global pandemic, but what we can do is dream of all the places we'll visit – and the beers we'll drink – once all this madness is over.
Justin Kennedy's vast tome The Bucket List: Beer is perfect for planning, listing no fewer than 1,000 boozy adventures, from pub crawls to pop-up beer gardens, brewery tours to Bavarian knees-ups. With beautiful photographs throughout, this is porn for pint-swillers.
“Do you feel lucky, punk?” That's what you can ask the person you give this BrewDog Punk IPA Beer Making Kit to. And their answer will almost certainly be “Hell, yes I am!” because this beautiful craft beer gift – produced by said Scottish company in collaboration with the Brooklyn BrewShop – will enable them to make eight pints of this caramel-and- tropical-fruit-infused tipple in the comfort of their own home. Lucky indeed.
If your friend or family member is planning on driving home after they've had a small drink, or the next morning after a heavy night, then they'll need to make sure they’re not over the legal limit.
BACtrack’s smartphone breathalyser removes the guesswork; connecting to a mobile via Bluetooth, it provides a police-grade blood alcohol content (BAC) reading in seconds, and will even estimate when the user's levels will drop to zero again.
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When we were kids, having a Soda Stream on the kitchen worktop felt like the coolest thing ever. Well, here's the grown-up equivalent: the Fizzics DraftPour takes any can or bottle of beer, and instantly turns it into a beautifully refreshing draft.
Simply pull the lever and this USB- or battery-powered device will serve up a pub-style pint in seconds. The days of handing out warm stubbies at parties are well and truly over.
Here's a great present for the Marc Bolan fan in your life – a T-rex bottle opener (well, it made us chuckle). Created by All Things Brighton Beautiful, this kitchen-top carnivore is sculpted from cast iron and features robust teeth that'll tear off your bottle top without mercy.
It'll also serve as an effective deterrent against insects and spiders – unless, of course, they have a bottle that needs opening.
Whether you're sitting on the beach, lazing on a sun lounger or grilling meat on the BBQ, there's nothing like a cold beer to whet your whistle on a hot summer's day. An aluminium cup that contains a cooling sleeve made from hardened styrofoam, the Coolenator absorbs the cold from your freezer to keep bottles and cans chilled for up to four hours at a time.
Right, where did we put those sausages?
If you think your loved one will find the T-rex bottle opener too tacky (or frankly terrifying), how about this for a classy alternative? Easily attaching to a kitchen wall, this distressed wood and cast iron contraption enables users to hook off their bottle top with a simple, one-handed motion.
It collects the discarded tops in a tray at the bottom, too, meaning they won't have to get out the dustpan and brush once the party's over - and it makes it safe the next morning if your walking in bare feet!
More often than not, scratchcards end in disappointment – so why not give you best bud something to scratch off that'll actually bring a smile to their face? As the name suggests, this 100 World Beers Bucket List Poster features a century of ales from across the globe, the idea being that you reveal the picture of each one after you've located it on your travels and sampled it.
Yes, they'll probably be poorer and fatter once they've scratched everything off, but they'll also be very, very happy.
Exercise or beer? What a decision to have to make! Make things easier for your loved one by giving them something that'll enable them to do both things at once. With a capacity of 24oz – that's just over a pint – this dumbbell-shaped beer glass can get quite heavy, making it the perfect accessory for a workout.
All they'll have to do is lift it to their lips every now and again, and before they know it they'll have biceps like Arnie. And when you factor in trips back and forth from the fridge, it's the ultimate beer workout!
If there's one thing that's going to get your booze-loving buddy in the mood for a night out, it's dowsing themselves in shower gel that looks like beer. Fitted with a hook so they can hang it up as they lather, this bottle-shaped bathroom accessory contains 300ml of liquid soap (not beer-scented) that you could easily mistake for lager. And when they stumble in for a slash at 3am, they probably will.
Or, just order them some booze online…
- Amazon: Beer! Wine! Sprits!
- Beelivery: Beers, whisky and snack delivered to you door
- Beer Hawk: Everything from kegs and cases, to low-alcohol brews
- The Bottle Club: Fizz, limited editions, snacks and more
- BrewDog: Craft beer made easy
- The Drink Shop: Mixers, barware, beer, wine and more
- Drinkwell: Low-carb ales, cider and beer
- Drizly (US): Beer, wine and liquor delivered in less than an hour
- Flavourly: Craft beer delivered to your door
- Honestbrew: Beers, mixed cases, gifts and more