It’s time to stop procrastinating and pick up some lovely beer geek for the lovelies in your lives, even if that is just means you. As we have done every season for the past few years, The New School has compiled a holiday gift guide for the beer geeks that runs the gamut from kitschy gifts to beer geek glassware, gadgets, and beer boxed gift packs.
A laptop-style semi-rigid carrying case made with closed-cell insulation to keep 10 Cans or 12 Beer Bottles or 3 Wine Bottles safely stored and chilled for hours. Keep drinks cold and protected for the beach, golf, picnics, biking, hiking and more. The Stow cooler keeps your drinks cold for at least five hours. Guaranteed.
A wall-mounted 12″ marquee sign for less than $30 makes for a perfect household or garage decoration to add some flash to your beer collection. The sign is double-sided and has a vintage look but with updated technology like LED lights that are long lasting and don’t take much power. In fact, this is battery powered with a light switch, so you don’t need to worry about cords or outlets.
Southeast Portland’s excellent Montavilla Brew Works has partnered with local company HopCity Soaps on cleansing and replenishing craft beer soaps. HopCity has turned three of MBW’s beers: Flam Tap IPA (orange pine), Ben’s Barleywine (vanilla oak) and Jerry Berry Sour (raspberry basil). Beer soaps will make for the perfect shower beer accompaniment, sans the alcohol, and leave you with that fresh beer feeling. Available online or at select retail locations in the Portland area https://www.hopcitysoaps.com/beer-soaps
Earlier this year Merrell introduced a Dogfish Head Sea Quench Ale trail running shoe that is still available. Made from reclaimed scrap rubber, BLOOM® algae foam instead of petroleum, recycled plastic, and more. Good for running to the bar, beer 5K’s or beating your friends at pub crawls as well.
Want to keep your cans cold but to it with a little style? Check out Bomber Jackets where you can find playful and tongue-in-cheek coozies for bottles and cans that incorporate familiar or funky designs with nods to beer geekdom https://www.mybomberjackets.com/
Custom beer glassware made for the sophisticated beer nerd. From white wales gold embossed on a premium Teku glass to modern art patterns and beer symbols imprinted on snifters and chalices, Small Batch Glassware has a variety of custom glasses and other beer gear that you wont find in stores. https://smallbatchglassware.com
Some of us do occasionally drink other alcoholic beverages and also want to sneak them into concerts, movie screenings, public pools, etc. PortoVino makes a series of bags from purses to backpacks that have a secret chilled compartment not for just storing that sweet sweet booze but also for pouring it discreetly direct from a hidden spout. It all works by filling sealed bladder bags, and technically you could load them up with beer but I would recommend something with low carb. A barrel-aged Imperial Stout is going to taste really nice at your kid’s little league game.
A premium printed poster suitable for hanging with 100 hand selected beers from around the world. Scratch off each beer as you try it until you have completed the entire image. Makes for a nice interactive and challenging gift.
NewAir has designed a slick and minimalist beer fridge that can fit 126 cans and takes up little room in your home but keeps the perfect temperature – I should know, because they sent me a model to try out. The exterior is screen printed in durable graphic lettering of different beer styles. The fridge has LED lighting, is easy to control and customize and is low-energy and a cost saving alternative to filling your food fridge with beer. And it’s only $298.95.
A small company making custom limited-edition illustrated beer glassware. These guys focus on humorous, pop culture inspired glassware that is as limited and changing as a small batch bottle release. Check out the Baby Yoda glass available now for a short time. https://glasstomouth.beer/
A fun and easy way to making home cocktail infusions. Rokz has a variety of flavors made with botanicals, spices and dissolving rock infusions already in a convenient pouring vessel, just add the spirit, swirl and let dissolve and infuse for a few days. They have a variety of flavor combos and are very affordable.
Ex Novo Barrel-Aged Gift Pack
Available for $40 this Friday 12/20 at any Ex Novo location, get there asap as pre-orders have already closed. Each box comes with 1 can of Nevermore ‘19, 1 can of Kill the Sun ‘19 Classic, 1 can of Kill the Sun ‘19 Mocha, 1 can of Kill the Sun ‘19 Horchata, 1 Sticker set and 2 coasters.
If you really want to go all out, the Craft Beer & Wilderness Retreat is a true luxury beer and food experience on remote wild West Coast of Vancouver Island. The trip scheduled for June features Portland’s own Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing, but there are more trips to choose from if you cannot make that one. Unplug, unwind and choose from a range of exciting events that include:
5 days on a floating private lodge in Nootka Sound
4 nights of luxury accommodation
20 specially selected kegs of craft beer
choice beer and gourmet food pairings
2 on site certified beer Cicerones®
Brew sessions with BC Brewers (TBA)
Historical information talk
Half-day boat trip to Yuguot (Friendly Cove) on Nootka Island
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.