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October's 2019 Gift Guide for Every Beer Lover on Your List

December 06, 2019

By October Staff, December 06, 2019

The holidays are here again, and so commences the season of gift-giving. While you can and should buy some tasty bottles and cans for your favorite beer fan, truly good beer gifts go beyond koozies and coolers. Here are a few of our favorite things this year.

Books for Beer Buffs

A Brief History of Lager: 500 Years of the World's Favourite Beer

The title says it all. Mark Dredge has condensed half of a millennium’s worth of beer history into 200 well-researched pages, zipping from 16th century Bavaria to the present-day craft boom. And yes, it’s all about lager, a style that contains multitudes. If you’re not a lager expert by the last page, you might want to just stick to water. ($12 here)

The Bucket List: Beer

Beer knowledge is important, sure, but the pleasure in beer isn’t in reading about it—it’s in drinking it. Justin Kennedy’s massive new book is a guide to the very best breweries, pubs, and beer festivals around the world. No matter if you’re going to Asheville or Australia, be sure to check out this book first for recommendations. ($23 here)

Drink Better Beer

Joshua Bernstein’s fifth (yes, fifth) book on beer takes a step back from his previous deep dives on IPAs and homebrewing. Instead, Bernstein (who contributes to October) offers a straightforward guide on cutting through the massive array of options now available in order to find the very best craft beer out there, with tips from competition judges, beer consultants, and master brewers. ($19 here)

This Ain’t The Beer That You’re Used To

Part memoir and part introduction to craft beer, this book by Beer Kulture’s Dom “Doochie” Cook takes a new and much-need approach by addressing it to communities that the craft world has often ignored. Having grown up with “cheap, flavorless beer” and malt liquor himself, Cook is here to tell you that the beauty of good beer can and should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of who you are. ($10 here)

Beerfluencer Swag

Our Mutual Friend x Mumford Collaboration Glass

Although any of the Denver brewery’s limited-edition glassware would make a fine addition to a bar cart or Christmas stocking, Our Mutual Friend’s recent collaboration with Los Angeles’ Mumford Brewing is an especially covetable collectable. The can-shaped glass features the breweries’ names in morse code. Grab one for the friend who knows there’s more to life than pint glasses. ($8 here)

Evil Twin Tank Top

It may not be beach season in much of the US, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cop this tank for the buff beer lover in your life. (Muscles not actually required.) Evil Twin has always done things its own way, and this nod to Gold’s Gym is no exception, as it fits in exactly with the Evil Twin ethos: irreverent, weird, with just a touch of kitsch. ($20 here)

Mikkeller Christmas Calendar

Although you’ll have to play a bit of catch up, it’s not too late to get your hands on Mikkeller’s beer Advent calendar. This festive red box is filled with 24 beers, including classics and seasonal surprises. Drink your way through December with help from our beer-making friends in Denmark. ($150 here)

Omnipollo Space Oddity Pitcher

The design-savvy brewery’s gift shop is loaded with swag for beer drinker in-the-know, from wrapping paper and T-shirts adorned with its popular label designs to Omnipollo’s founders’ book on the principles of homebrewing. However, we’ve got our eye on the Space Oddity Pitcher. For all those house and holiday parties when a boring, old plastic pitcher won’t do, bust out this glass one covered in planets and shooting stars. ($33 here)

Beerify Your Life

Beer Barrel-Aged Coffee

The world of barrel-aged brewing has produced a lot of strange brews, but perhaps one of the most interesting innovations comes from a coffee roaster that got its hands on a couple of spent barrels from Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs, Colorado. Buena Vista Roastery’s beer barrel-aged coffee is a potent blend of organic Peruvian coffee beans aged for three weeks on imperial stout-soaked oak barrels. The result is a medium roast coffee with notes of molasses, pear, and charred oak. ($10 here)

Hard Cider Brew Candle

Candles that smell like beer are so last year. Instead, here’s a candle that smells like hard cider. Swag Brewery, a company that specializes in all sorts of drinking accessories—think bars of beer soap and beer-infused hot sauce—serves its candles in reclaimed beer bottles. The hard cider scent channels a crate of apples ready for the press in a rustic farmhouse. Juicy and sweet, it’s the perfect scent to pair with a holiday gathering. ($20 here)

Westmalle Dubbel Shampoo

While some may roll their eyes at the burgeoning beer self-care industry, it’s difficult to call bullshit on a Belgian nun. The Trappistines of the Abbey of Our Lady of Nazareth in Brecht, Belgium have partnered with the brothers at Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Heart of Westmalle to create what is being dubbed as the world’s first Trappist ale shampoo. This is not the nuns’ first foray into the hygiene business. For 55 years, they have made and sold dish detergent, bath foam, hand soap, and floor cleaner. The latest venture, shampoo, is made with 10 percent Westmalle Dubbel and supposedly helps to stimulate volume and make hair shiny. ($8 here)

Shower Beer Holder

There are few things worse than not having anywhere to put your beer in the shower. OK maybe there are a lot of things worse than that, but in a world where wireless headphones need wires, it’s no surprise that the minds over at 30 Watt have come up to a solution for one of mankind’s lesser-known problems. The Sudski Shower Beer Holder is a silicone cup holder that adheres to any glossy surface. Stick it on, wait 24 hours for the patented adhesive technology to work it’s magic, and then you’re ready for a superior shower beer experience. ($15 here)

ZX Ventures, a division within AB InBev, is an investor in October
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