High on Hops: Craft Beer Indulgences Gift Guide


It’s easy to buy gifts for the craft beer lover.

Their basic needs consist of bottle openers, glassware, growlers and the beer itself. If they are especially adventurous, homebrewing supplies can be thrown into the mix.

Taken at face value, none of those craft beer gift guide categories are necessarily luxurious or expensive. Bottle openers are often free corporate giveaways. Likewise, take-home brewery branded drinking glasses can be found in exchange for the purchase of a pint at most tap takeover events. Basic amber colored growlers can be had for six dollars at any shop that provides fills. Beer and brewing equipment presents a wider range in quality and cost, but the vast majority of enthusiasts can find satisfaction in the lower end of the financial spectrum.

But if your budget is bigger this holiday, you can spend a little more (or a lot more) to indulge the craft beer drinker on your shopping list with these holiday-ready options.

openerThe Bottle Opener
Discommon.com $140+

No fancy product title here, “The Bottle Opener” from Discommon is machined from aerospace grade aluminum. The distinctive shape offers ergonomic advantage and a sleek, modern look. Available in “Gotham Black,” “Satin Champagne” or the premium “Damascus Steel Coin,” the recipient will know this isn’t your run-of-the-mill opener thanks to the impeccable finish, heft and quality.

glassCollege Town Maps Drinkware
TheUncommonGreen.com $28/pair

While not a huge extravagance, given the fact that most barware can be had for nearly free, spending almost thirty dollars on a couple of pint glasses is a stretch. Ah, but the price of nostalgia is worth it with these glasses custom-printed with maps of collegiate meccas. Finally, you can reminisce about your red SOLO cup drinking college days while drinking from a decidedly more grown-up glass.

gruntThe Growler Grunt
Kickstarter.com $24

We’ve presented our favorite growler picks before (link). Instead of gifting another fancy beer transportation vessel, consider the cleanliness of your friend’s collection with this crowd-funded growler-drying stand. It has a sleek, stylish look and can also be used as a (rather expensive) paper towel holder.

utopiasSamuel Adams Utopias
Your Friendly Neighborhood Beer Store – $200+

Coming in at a massive 28% alcohol by volume rating, this beer is more of a liqueur than your typical hops and barley mash-up. The collectible, genie bottle encased beer is aged in a blend of scotch, bourbon, port and cognac casks from Buffalo Trace Distillery, making it one of the most distinctive beers on the market.

zymaticPicoBrew Zymatic
PicoBrew.com – $1999

Carboys and brew kettles are so last century. Take homebrewing into the smartphone era with this countertop brewing system. The Zymatic utilizes all grain techniques in a fully automatic appliance the size of an old school microwave. Most two and a half gallon batches are brewed in around four hours, saving time, if not money.

Whether you’re gifting beer, accessories that make beer better or even the ability to craft your own suds at home, remember that the sky is the limit, both in the diversity and creativity of your options as well as the accompanying prices.