Beer has come a long way over the last couple of decades or so. From being something that was produced en masse in a Dutch factory and drunk to excess in football stadiums, it’s now become something of a past time for aficionados everywhere. Every year, dozens of new craft beers are made, all with a unique flavor and provenance, making beer drinking more of a pursuit than a bad habit. Now it’s a major industry, with hundreds of thousands of people attending beer festivals every year.
Is there are a beer lover in your life? Here are some of the latest beer-related gifts and gadgets they’ll love.
Most people think that beer is drunk solely out of generic pint glasses. But the aficionados out there would tend to disagree. It’s not just about the quantity of lager you can guzzle down on a Friday night anymore. It’s about the experience of holding the glass too and savoring the taste.
There are lots of different beer glasses to choose from, from IPA glass to stout to pilsner, each of which has a different look and feel. Some look surprisingly similar to wine glasses.
Beer Magazine Subscription
There’s no so much interest in what’s happening in the world of beer that the industry is able to sustain its own subscription magazines. Not only do beer lovers enjoy drinking beer, but they also love reading about it too.
Beer magazines, like Beer Advocate, have been around now for more than 10 years. What’s more, the subs are dirt cheap: a year’s supply of the mag will set you back just $10. Other magazines, like Craft Beer & Brewing, focus more on the “how-to” of making beer – something which home brewers everywhere will appreciate.
Beer is best drunk cold. But what happens if it’s a warm day? Easy. Just use some skinny can koozies. The insulating fabric will help keep the heat of the day locked out, giving your beer lover a refreshing drink, no matter how long they spend chatting at their next garden party.
A picnic without beer is like a meal without wine. But transporting beer to the picnic site, especially if it’s more of a hike than a walk, can ruin the experience. Why? Because the beer warms up, ruining the flavor.
Now, though, there’s a solution: the beer hopper. Beer hoppers are simple. They’re essentially insulated bags, kept cold by a mountain of ice. Standard hoppers usually have space for 18 cans – plenty for a weekend trip into the hills.
Beer Saver Lids
Craft beers sometimes disappoint. But every so often, beer lovers come across a beer than they absolutely love and want to save. The problem is that it’s simply not possible to keep the beer in a beer bottle for long once it’s opened. Or is it?
Beer saver lids are a special kind of beer bottle cap. Made from a mixture of silicone and plastic, they can be used to reseal bottles of beer, allowing the beer lover to enjoy their half-drunk beer at a later time, without it losing fizz or flavor.