The silly season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than beer-inspired gifts. Whether for you or for a beer fan you know, these gifts are sure to please!
For the “I can’t remember if I’ve tried this” person:
1. For all the fans out there who take notes on each beer for later reference, how about a personalised Beer Tasting notebook? Keep track of which beers to have again, or ditch. Order one from Macaroon.
For the person who is part geek and part beer aficionado:
2. It’s a bit of a culture to collect beer glasses. Mostly glasses come from festivals and events and the logos disappear after 2 washes. Well, these are not only high quality but they’re great for comic book fans. Get them from Superbalist for R119.
For the homebrewer:
3. So your friend wants to start brewing (or move to all-grain)? Learn to brew the right way. It’s really well priced at R360 a person for a full day of tutelage by Vincent from The Beer Keg. Book a place here.
And for the Cape Town guys – check out Beerlab’s Beer School
For the one who has it all:
4. For those who have everything, how about 6 new beers each month? You can order the subscription for as many months as you like; it’ll come off as a debit order. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Sign up at League of Beers and then join the #tastingleague on Twitter & Intagram.
For the thirsty travellers:
There are two great books on the market at the moment:
5. Lucy Corne, aka the Brew Mistress just launched “Beer Safari” which documents her visits to each brewery, their range and the stories behind them. The cool part is that you can scribble your tasting notes alongside the brews, as well as get each brewery page signed by the brewer. Think of it as a beer travel guide. Head to League of Beers to get one (& check out the special).
6. Holger Meier’s “Beer Book” is a staple (or should be) in all South African craft beer enthusiast’s cars. I say cars, because when you visit breweries with this book, you get free beer. No kidding. It is a comprehensive guide to both on tap as well as bottled beer available in the country. Satisfy the thirst by visiting Holger’s site.
For the festival-goer:
7. While there aren’t many festivals happening over December and January (besides mine), Clarens Beer Fest, arguably SA’s biggest, lands in Feb. With over 100 beers to try, you will not be bored. Grab your tickets from Quicket.
8. Ok, ok – while we’re at it, I’m hosting an event on the 30th of January at Smack! Republic where party-goers will enjoy an exclusive brewery tour and tasting event in the Jozi CBD. It’s bound to be an absolute blast. I’m hoping to make this a regular event, at different breweries – so if you’re keen join me on the first one. Again, get your tickets from Quicket.
For the eccentric beer drinker:
9. How’s this for a prezzie? It’s a Viking horn that you can drink out of. Bring out your inner Norse God or Goddess, feel like a legend and roar while sipping your favourite beverage. You can get one from the good guys at Mantality for R549.
10. While we’re on eccentricity, take a look at these Simpson’s inspired Duff beer glasses. For those who want to channel their inner Homer (with better taste in beer) – pick 6 of these up for R349. Also from the guys at Mantality.
For the beer-sharer:
11. The guys over at Joburg Brew have launched their mixed boxes; these are 12 beers from the same brewery. Pretty cool if you have a brewery that you particularly enjoy (and are based in Gauteng, for now), like Two Okes or Gilroys. This is the perfect gift for the person who likes to share a beer or 5 with friends. Pick up a mixed box from Joburg Brew.
For the guy (or girl) who wears the coolest t-shirts:
12. Beer Shirts recently launched and they’re selling some awesome shirts for guys and girls. They’re a great stocking filler at R150 each or combine 3 for a discounted price. Buy online at the Beer Shirts site.
Hoppy Holidays everyone – I hope you and yours have a great festive season!