Who doesn’t love beer? There’s nothing better than a crisp, cold, bubbly beer with friends when watching the game or celebrating a special occasion. Whether you’ve realized it or not, you’re surrounded by beer lovers. Most likely you’re even a beer lover yourself, so knowing the best gifts for beer lovers — be that a friend or yourself — is a quick-fix way to always knowing what to buy for people when gift-giving moments come around.
With so many craft beers and high-end brews out there, beer drinking has become a serious hobby for many people. But, before we get carried away with the best gifts for beer lovers, let’s make sure we all know what beer actually is.
Beer is usually an alcoholic drink, although in recent years we’re seeing many non-alcoholic options on the market, too. It’s brewed from cereal grains and produced by extracting raw materials through the art of boiling and fermenting.
- Water – Don’t fool yourself into thinking that a pint of beer is as healthy as drinking a pint of water. However, 90-95% of beer is usually made up of the most natural liquid of them all — water. So beer must be good for you in some ways, right?
- Yeast – The process of fermentation is what creates the alcohol content in beer, and without yeast, there wouldn’t be any fermentation. The yeast is also another ingredient that has influence over the flavors of the beer.
- Malt – For the yeast to work its magic, it needs carbohydrates, and that’s where malt comes in. It’s the main source of carbs in beer and also provides both the sugar and starch required for the best results.
- Hops – Hops are the flavorsome ingredient with all the tasty character. Hops are usually introduced to the mix at the start of the boiling phase and are responsible for those well-loved beer aromas that our noses know only too well.
How is Non-Alcoholic Beer Made?
You might think that making a non-alcoholic beer means removing all the fun. However, that couldn’t be more wrong. To achieve a non-alcoholic beer, brands will generally follow the full traditional process of creating beer, and then they remove the alcohol at the final stage. So, whether your beer of choice contains alcohol or not, it’s been brewed to be enjoyed in all the same ways and with all the same associated glasses and gadgets in mind.
We’ve pulled together the best gifts for beer lovers. There’s something on this list for every kind of drinker. From hilarious gag gifts, like shower beer holders and beer lover books, to super thoughtful gifts, like at-home brewing kits, these gifts are sure to appease even the pickiest of craft beer snobs. If you’re looking for some great gifts for beer lovers, you really can’t go wrong here.
1. Shower Beer Holder
For the beer lover who (almost) has it all, this hilarious shower holder is as much a gag gift as it is a fully functioning gift idea. No matter how cold — or how tired — you might feel, popping into the shower and seeing this bad boy on the wall is sure to glean a few smiles. With this cup holder, every hour can be happy hour in the shower.
2. Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People
This Goodnight Moon beer parody book is sure to get a laugh, and it actually has educational material about brewing that aficionados will get a kick out of. Think of this as a grown-up bedtime story, but with tons of great jokes and smart insights. Plus, it’s available as a physical hardcover book or on Kindle for the more tech-savvy of beer lovers among us.
3. Lavley Funny Socks
BEST BEER SOCKS
If you can read this, then you’ll know this is a great present for a beer lover. Give them the gift of putting their feet up and enjoying a beer while wearing these 5% elastic, 10% spandex and 85% cotton Lavley Funny Socks. The comical and clear message on each of the soles will ensure that those around them are bringing another beer before the bottle’s out. Lavley’s extended range of novelty socks offers similar charming pairs aimed at bacon, waffle and coffee lovers.
4. ICCKER Automatic Bottle Opener
Most people don’t have an automatic bottle opener yet, making this a great quick gift. Place it around the top of the bottle, and press down to instantly remove the cap. It’s super easy to use, works with every type of beer bottle, and is sure to be one of those rare gifts for beer lovers that’s equally original and useful.
5. Novelty Place Drinking Helmet
BEST NOVELTY GIFT
This Novelty Place Drinking Helmet could be the beer accessory that your beer-loving pal has been waiting for. It’s made from heavy-duty plastic and includes an under-chin strap to ensure sturdy drinking. There are two can stations, one on either side of the head, and straws that will ensure a smooth journey to the mouth as fast as you can say, “Drink.” This is a great gift for students who are of drinking age.
6. The Beer Bible
For a straightforward, no-nonsense book about every kind of beer, look no further than The Beer Bible. This is the Doctor of Beer lecturer you always hoped would walk into your classroom, but in book form. It’s a sure hit with beer snobs who will love displaying this book on their coffee table or desk. They might even learn something new about beer while they’re at it. We’re sure you’ll be hearing all those new facts at your next drinking session.
7. Kollea Beer Chiller Sticks
BEST FOR PICNICS
Keeping beer cold without diluting it has challenged beer drinkers for decades, but chilling sticks might be the answer. Chill the sticks for 45 minutes, insert in the beer bottle, and enjoy consistently ice-cold sips. You’ve probably seen similar products for wine, but now you can use the same tool to keep your favorite beer ice cold.
8. Calhoun Americana Beer Belt
If your beer-loving buddy is the star of the show when it comes to parties, then they’ll be needing this Calhoun Americana Beer Belt. It’s made from 100% polyester, can extend to fit a waist of up to 40 inches and has a plastic buckle that fastens at the back. There are also seven different color and slogan variations available, so make sure you get the most hilariously suited option for your party partner.
9. 10oz Apparel Funny Beer T-Shirt
Share your love for beer and for life with this ‘Life is Brewtiful’ t-shirt from 10oz Apparel. Watch as the compliments come flooding in for this fetching logo. The shirt is made in the USA with a screen printed design on a short sleeve t-shirt. The shirt itself is 50% polyester and 50% preshrunk cotton. This gift for beer lovers is available in three different colors and can be ordered for both men and women.
10. Urban Mosh Drinks Coasters
Never see a mark on the table or bar top again with the Urban Mosh sarcastically persuasive drink coasters. Their cheeky tone and not-so-friendly but also really funny reminder slogans will ensure your guests know to use these surface protectors before placing their drink down. The base of each coaster is covered to ensure no unwanted slipping so that you can focus on the sipping.
11. Host Plastic Pint Glass
BEST PINT GLASS
A guaranteed hit gift with any beer lover is a pint glass. Pour your bottle, can or tap into this Host Plastic Pint Glass and savor every sip. The double walls of the glass are filled with freezer gel to ensure that your beer will stay colder, for longer (as long as you remember to freeze the glass ahead of beer time). There’s also a grey non-slip band wrapped around it for a firm grip. And, of course, this glass can be used for more than just beer. Think milkshakes, sodas and floats, too.
12. Beer-Infused Hot Sauce
Chipotle BBQ, eat your heart out. These amazing beer-infused hot sauces are made with real beer and come in three flavors: Asian Sriracha, Garlic Serrano and Roasty Chipotle. Ranging from mild to downright fiery, these fun and unique beer sauces are sure to please all your IPA and lager friends.
13. Party Like Sophia Beer Bong Funnel
If you have a friend that really, really, really loves beer, this might just be the gift for them. This Beer Bong Funnel from Party Like Sophia will have you downing your drinking in record time. The pipe is 30 inches long so that the beer can pick up momentum with height. Plus, it’s made from strong plastic to avoid any kinks. A bottle opening keychain is also included which can be used for shotgunning cans if downing them from a bong isn’t already enough.
14. MyGift Flight Tasting Panel
BEST FOR TASTING
Any beer snog worth their weight in hops will recognize this puppy. Tasting flights are a common thing at breweries, but who says they can’t be common in the home too? With four five-ounce glasses and handles to hold the panel, this setup makes for a fun home experience when trying a variety of new beers. Especially for the friend in your life who loves to host, this makes an excellent gift.
15. USA Beer Cap Map
Beer lovers love collecting and showcasing their best bottle caps, and this cap map makes it even more fun. It’s 24″ by 14″ and made of a glossy wood that looks great in any man cave or bar. The semi-gloss finish looks great, and it even comes with its own mounting nails for easy installation.
16. GoPong Floating Beer Pong Table
Float, drink and shoot with the GoPong Floating Beer Pong Table. Whether giving this as a gift or using it at your own party, this inflatable game table will get the pool games started. Each corner of the table has a grommet that can be used for tethering if you’d like to avoid beer in the pool. There are also cup holders around the edge of the table for the spectators to place their beers as they compete to win.
17. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit
BEST HOME BREW KIT
Craft beer making kits have blown up recently, and Brooklyn Brew Shop makes one of the best. For just $40 you get fresh ingredients, a fermenter, easy-to-follow instructions, and all the tools needed to make your own tasty brewski. The other beer brewing kit on our list was definitely more inclusive, but this one’s a great choice for people who want to give it a quick go without having to deal with all the extra additives.
18. GoPong Beer Pong Table
BEST GAME TABLE
Challenge your beer-loving friend to a game of ping pong with the GoPong Beer Pong Table. Its lightweight portable design ensures you can pitch up and start playing just about anywhere. Six balls are included. The top surface is covered in melamine so that no one needs to worry about spillages. All concentration can simply be on who’s sinking the next shot. This is a great addition to any game room.
19. Northern Brewer HomeBrewing Starter Kit
This home brewing kit from Northern Brewer comes with everything you need to make five gallons of your own delicious homebrew. It comes with clear instructions to ensure the master brewer can be confident in the process every step of the way. Once complete, you’ll have a tasty batch of Northern Brewer’s Block Party Amber Ale to drink your way through. Hopefully whoever you give this kit to will share the results with you.
20. GrowlerWerks uKeg 128
If you really want to make a beer lover’s day, there’s no better gift than a GrowlerWerks uKeg. It keeps beer cold and carbonated for up to two weeks, and unlike most mini-kegs, it can be easily transported to tailgates and BBQs. It even comes with an interchangeable handle for easy customization and is available in three cool designs.