Skip to main content

Happy Friday everyone!

I used the "beer gifts" headline last week and then ran out of time before I wrote that part. Turns out that was a good thing because this week I've heard about a whole sleigh-load of great beer-related presents.

Grab a cold one and come check this stuff out!

I want to finish the idea I didn't write last week, where "beer gifts" was in the context of the gift exchange at the homebrew club party. With any gift you should be aware of what the recipient might actually want; for this kind of gift you don't know who it's for and should aim close to the middle of the road. Last year I contributed a bottle of Saison Dupont, which the recipient was not at all thrilled with. Now I've learned that our club is mostly hopheads, and I brought IPA which was unwrapped with smiles. (I think most of the bottled gifts were IPA; I came home with some too!)

On to the beer and other goodies! There's still time to drop some hints.

Jay Brooks reviews several recent books on beer and brewing. I want to read all of them, starting with "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale" by Mitch Steele, the brewmaster at Stone Brewing in San Diego.

Beer Connoisseur sent me their gift list which has a couple other worthy looking books as well as glassware including a real Hofbrauhaus Maß. If you know where I can get a Franziskaner mug this side of Munich, speak up.

A lucky few might get some Westvleteren XII, described by some critics as the World's Best Beer. The monks need big bucks to renovate their ancient abbey, so for the first and possibly last time they're selling beer outside the premises. But the price is steep: $85 for a six-pack plus logo glass.

For a low-budget gift to yourself, ipad/iphone users can check out this new beer app:

...(from) Storey Publishing and Chicago-based cicerone Randy Mosher, Tasting Beer.  A widely-respected insider’s guide to the world of beer styles and flavors, Tasting Beer on Inkling is an interactive how-to book for beer lovers ...
... we're having a sale on Tasting Beer in the iTunes App Store, where your readers can purchase it for only $1.99 (85% off) from Friday, 12/14, to Sunday, 12/16.
I've got one Flanders Red left from last week's trip to the Expensive Beer Store, and some Green Flash West Coast IPA, my score from the club party. I was quite pleased. :) What are you drinking?
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site