These days, brewing and distilling industries are experimenting constantly, so it’s hard to keep track of a beer or whiskey lover’s favorites. Today, it’s this saison beer and that high-rye bourbon—but next week it’s that single-hop IPA and this small batch Islay single malt. The last thing you want to see at gift-giving time is that polite smile that says the hooch you chose is so three weeks ago. Surprise them with a gift they didn’t see coming instead. Something to elevate their drinking experience, or express their passion for their beverage of choice—like the 14 beer and whiskey lover gifts below.
1. A tap that serves their drinks on the rock.
Jeff Henderson’s sculptural granite fixture uses gravity to dispense wine or spirits—and unique style to spark conversation.
2. A shrine to hold the tiny trophies of their hoppy triumphs.
This lower 48-shaped birch display board offers craft beer cap collectors an alternative to throwing them in a cluttered drawer.
3. Crunchy nuts seasoned with scrumptious spirits.
Haute snackmeister Neil Edley infuses kettle-cooked cashews, peanuts, and almonds with Irish stout, Jamaican lager, and bourbon.
4. A rocks glass etched with their favorite big city’s grid.
Brian Johnson’s rocks glasses are etched with intricate city maps—even some street names—and the locale’s coordinates.
5. A kit that makes them a brewmaster.
This kit includes everything they need to make not merely beer, but beer that has a delightfully complex hop profile, with citrus, floral, and spicy notes.
6. A barrel o’ fun. (’Cus perfectly aged whiskey is their idea of fun.)
This oak barrel has one job: infusing their favorite whiskey with its vanilla, marzipan, buttery, coconut, and spicy flavors.
7. Small-batch preserves for grown-up palates.
Walter and Nancy Warner transform beers from local craft breweries into jellies that balance their distinct hop profiles with malty sweetness.
8. A drinking game that encourages uninhibited fun, not intemperate drinking.
Players roll the dice and move their bottle caps around the board, landing on a series of beer challenges, from a rhyming competition to demonstrating their best dance moves. (Sorry, we ate the chips in the photo, so they’re not included.)
9. Luxury toothpicks that put a hint of Islay distillery on their tongue.
By “luxury,” we mean a barrel-aged, Islay single malt made by a 200-year-old distillery for a distinctively smoky flavor with notes of peat and complex caramel. Now, if only there was toothpaste like that…
10. Solid granite bases for chilling their brew.
11. Socks that broadcast their beverage needs.
Encourage them to put their feet up and watch their favorite beverage roll in with these cheekily suggestive socks.
Too long have nightcaps and chocolate been enjoyed separately. Those days are over.
13. A steel poker that adds smoky sweetness to beer, following German tradition.
Pull this stainless steel rod out of the flames and stick it in that icy brew to create a rich, frothy treat: adding a little heat to alcohol caramelizes the sugars, changing the texture and taste.
They’ll love scratching away at new squares and sampling must-try beers. Each box reveals a special illustration.