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11.27.17

The 10 Best Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Beer Nerds

The best gift ideas for the beer nerd in your life.

Written by Kenny Gould

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You think it’d be easy to buy a gift for a beer nerd — buy ’em beer, right? — but it’s not. The beer world has many factions, and buying the wrong beer is equivalent to giving a Ravens jersey to a Steelers fan. Avoid any potential tears and family rivalries on holiday morning with these classy, inoffensive gifts, perfect for any beer nerd.

Machine Era Co. Bottle Opener

For the classy: Everyone has a cheap, flimsy opener, but The Hidebound from Machine Era Co. isn’t one of them. Machined from solid bar cold formed steel, it’s the kind of handsome opener that makes a terrific gift or heirloom. Available in gun barrel black.

Buy Now: $30

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks

For the academic: It’s not his most recent book, but it’s the best from one of our favorite beer writers, New York City’s very own Josh Bernstein. In twelve easy courses, learn how to dissect a beer like a connoisseur.

Buy Now: $19

Yeti Colster Koozie

For the frosty: Yes, it’s a $25 koozie, but it’s also the nicest damn koozie you’ve ever held. The drink stays icy, your hand stays warm, and you’ll never misplace it after a tailgate. Available in five different colors.

Buy Now: $25

Bomber Jacket Bath Bombs

For the indulgent: Who doesn’t like a bath? In water, the Bomber Bath Bomb releases Cascade hops and hop oil. Much less expensive than taking a bath in actual beer, and supposedly good for the skin.

Buy Now: $12

Allagash Beer Soap

For the hygienic: We love Allagash Beer, so it only make sense that we’d love the brewery’s beer soaps. The Portland, Maine-based brewery uses three different beers to make their varieties: Belgian Witte White, Saison, and Stout Black.

Buy Now: $5

Saito Wood Coasters

For the architecturally-inclined: Mid-century modern meets new American beer. Made from seven layers of laminated, pressed African ayous wood, these coasters would look just as good sitting next to an Eames chair as they would in your living room.

Buy Now: $24 (set of two)

Brew Candles

For the tantric: Ah, the sweet smell of suds. Made in the US from recycled 22 ounce beer bottles, these candles will each burn for 40+ hours. Candles come three to a set: Apricot Wheat, Vanilla Porter, and Hoppy IPA.

Buy Now: $40

Cuff-Daddy Beer Cuff Links

For the dressy: Cuff-Daddy makes a variety of beer-themed cuff links, all of which make excellent gifts. The recent college grad might appreciate the red Solo cups, while the more mature drinker will enjoy the pair shaped like mini stout glasses. Each set comes in a hard-sided gift box.

Buy Now: $25

Hillsboro Hops Hat

For the sporty: Yes, the Hillsboro Hops are a real team (short-season Class A Northwest league), and yes, their gear is awesome. A New Era snapback is the perfect gift for any craft beer fan.

Buy Now: $36

Moleskine Beer Passion Journal

For the brewer: Lots of different companies make beer notebooks, but we’re partial to the ones from Moleskine, an Italian papermaker that’s been in business for over 20 years. This version has 234 pages for notes on a lucky recipients favorite beers.

Buy Now: $20