Posted on December 6, 2013 by Marina
Guest post by Tory Lewin, Retail & Events at Steam Whistle Brewing.
Holiday gift shopping can sometimes be tiresome but beer tends to make everything better. Here are some suggestions from the Good Beer Folks for some excellent gift ideas for the craft beer lover.
1. Pre- Wrapped Steam Whistle
Simple and delicious. The perfect gift for any craft beer lover are Steam Whistle’s Holiday 6 and 12 packs, which come festively wrapped and include the ‘To and From tags. Holiday packs have hit the shelves and are available across Ontario, BC and Alberta liquor and beer stores until the end of December (plus at the brewery and Grocery Gateway.)
2. The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook
“Recipes for delicious food that celebrates full-flavoured beer.” This is the perfect gift for the craft beer lover and “foodie” in your life. With delicious recipes from IPA Guacamole, Steak and Ale Pie to Porter Gingerbread for dessert, this cookbook will open your eyes to cooking with craft beer and guarantee new favourite recipes. Available in local Toronto bookstores (Good Egg in Kensington Market, The Cookbook Store and Yonge and Bloor and Book City locations across town.) It is also available in most Chapters/Indigo locations in Toronto, and online.
3. Beer Making Kit
The perfect gift for the DIY-guy/gal. This apartment-friendly kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop makes it easy to make craft beer in your own kitchen. There are over 5 styles of beer to choose from. This kit comes with a step-by-step guide along with specialty equipment and ingredients to make the brew. Each mix produces 1 gallon of beer and takes approximately 30 days. Available at most Chapters/Indigo locations and online for $49.50.
4. Upside Down Beer Glass
Actually called the Hopside Down beer glass, this glass gives you a fun way to drink your favourite craft beer. This innovative double layered glass keeps an insulating layer of air between your warm hands and cold brew, ensuring your beer stays as cold as possible until it’s time for a refill. Available at most novelty shops in Toronto, The Blue Banana Market in Kensington Market or online at: Amazon.ca or chapters.ingigo.ca
5. Craft Brewery Tours
The perfect for the inquisitive Craft Beer lover – visit your local brewery! For example, Steam Whistle offers 30-minute guided tours of the brewery where you hear the history of the John St. Roundhouse, history of Steam Whistle and see the back production site- The Brew House, Upper Office, Canning Line, Bottling line and Event Venue. Each tour guest leaves with a souvenir, 6-pack or 12-pack and of course, a belly full of beer. Gift certificates are available for all tour options, making the perfect stocking stuffer. Available at the brewery or online at: Steam Whistle E-Store
Bonus: Old Toronto Beer Tours
Perfect for the adventurous craft beer lover, this daylong beer tour offers a few local brewery tours and this history of beer in Toronto. Visiting Steam Whistle, Mill Street, Amsterdam and Granite Brewery this is a can’t-miss craft beer adventure. Gift certificates and more information available at: Beer Lovers Tour
6. Craft Beer Tasting Glasses
This is a great gift for the entertainer or perfectionist craft beer lover in your life. You can reference the book above for the proper glassware and why certain glassware goes better with a style of beer. Learn how the aromatics, colours, carbonation and taste of your beer can be enhanced by selecting the right glass for your style of beer. Available at most Bed Bath & Beyond locations or online at: Libbey Glassware
7. Steam Whistle Growler
Tired of bringing of bottle of wine to the party? Why not show up with a 2L growler filled with craft beer? The growler allows you to take home fresh, draught-filled Pilsner, directly from the Roundhouse. Growlers are a great gift for the eco-lover, as they reduce cans and bottles going to landfills. Growlers are currently only available at the brewery and come filled for $39.95- refills only $11.95. Holds approx. 6 bottles or 4 pints. Great for sharing! There are also many other growlers from craft breweries in Canada. Take a look at these lists of offerings from our craft brewery brethren: Torontoist and Great Canadian Beer Blog.
8. Prud’homme Beer Certification®
Prud’homme is a perfect gift for your Craft Beer lover who wants to learn. Prud’homme is a beer sommelier program, which offers three levels of certifications. Your instructor, Roger and these certifications will allow you to gain a better understanding of brewing ingredients, processes, tasting concepts and food and beer pairings. There are in-class or online options for the different levels. Gift certificates available at: Prud’homme Online
9. Winter Craft Beer Fest Tickets
How Canadian are you? Mark your calendars and come out to the Winter Craft Beer Festival outside Steam Whistle Brewing in Roundhouse Park on Saturday January 25th from 11-5pm. Craft beer, local food, and all things Canadian. Get your tickets or surprise a friend here: http://craftbeerfest.ca/winter/
Presenting the one and only in-bottle, drink-through beer chiller: Chillsner by Corkcicle. This is a revolutionary way to keep your beers cold no matter where you are. To use: Freeze the Chillsner for 45 minutes, insert into any bottle and enjoy ice-cold beer, down to the last drop every time. Available for $30 at most Urban Outfitters locations, Chapters/Indigo locations or online at: Corkcicle
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