Whether they’re watching a ball game, dining out at a restaurant or checking out the newest brewery in town, there’s no denying Americans love their beer.
Fourteen percent of Americans drink beer once a week and American consumers aged 21 and older consumed 27.5 gallons of beer and cider per person during 2015. Furthermore, a 2016 Gallup Poll found that 43 percent of legal drinkers prefer beer over wine and spirits.
The growing popularity of the craft beer market has increased beer’s popularity as well. The U.S. craft beer market is worth $23.5 billion and small and independent brewers now represent 12 percent market share of the overall beer industry. In 2015 alone, the number of operating breweries grew 15 percent to 4,269-the most at any time in American history.
With the holidays coming up, you might want to get your beer-loving friends a little something and you may be wondering, what’s the best gift to get a beer enthusiast? These ideas can help with you with your conundrum.
- Growlers: What is a growler you ask? A growler is an air-tight jug that allows you to transport larger quantities of beer without a loss of quality. Think of it as the ultimate thermos for your favorite beer. There are many types of growlers including glass growlers, stainless-steel growlers and ceramic growlers. A glass growler is the most popular because its widely available and you can see through it, which helps during the filling process.
Growlers are easy to transport, allow beer drinkers to drink local, share their favorite brews and they make for a pretty cool collector’s item too.
- Beer cap map: Speaking of collecting things, another thing beer lovers like to collect is bottle caps. If you’ve got a friend who loves picking up mementos from every craft beer place they visit, a beer cap map is a great way to show off they places they visited. Beer cap maps of the United States are available, but beer cap maps from individual states can also be purchased.
- Bottle lofts: These are great for folks who love having a fridge full of commercial beer or homebrew at all times. These are magnetic storage strips that can hang on the ceiling off the fridge above the food and other groceries.
- Customized bottle opener: If you’ve got buddies who are big beer drinkers, a good gift idea may be a custom bottle opener. You can buy bottle openers adorned with the logo of a local sports team, go for a rustic look with a horned bottled opener or get a bottle opener with the logo of their favorite beer.
- Beer making kit: This is perfect for craft beer enthusiasts who love making their own brews. For those who make homebrew, there’s nothing more rewarding than laboring to make a beer and then enjoying the fruits of your labor. You can pair this with a beer label making kit so they can put their own logos on their homebrews.
- Books: If you’ve got a friend who’s a beer lover and a foodie, a beer book can give them the lowdown on the perfect beer-food pairings for any situation.
- Simple things: If you’re looking for things to get the beer lover in your life, keep things simple. If they love Budweiser, get them a Budweiser cooler or Budweiser trucker hat. If they’re into boating or bumming around on the beach, get them a tall boy koozie or outdoor drinking accessories. The tall boy koozie can be taken anywhere and depending on what you’re looking for, you can get a tall boy koozie that means something whether it’s a sports team’s logo, an inside joke or something funny.
There are plenty of options available for finding the absolute perfect gift for the beer enthusiast in your life. You can go fancy and find a brewing kit, a map, a book or some sort of interesting knick-knack. Or keep things simple and find a cooler, a PBR shirt, a beer hat or a tall boy koozie might just do the trick.
If you give or recieve a gift a beer, please enjoy it responsibly and avoid binge drinking: defined by a man having five or more drinks or a woman having four or more drinks within a two-hour period.