Here it is the day before Christmas Eve and you have yet to find that perfect gift for the beer geek in your life. Don’t worry I have a few suggestions from around town.
I don’t think anyone would disagree that Hardywood is the hottest thing to hit the Richmond beer scene in quite awhile. There is virtually no way you could get it wrong by choosing something they have to offer in their tasting room. If you want them to love you forever, get them the ever sexy black stainless insulated growler. Designed by Hydroflask, this growler boasts the claims of being able to keep beer carbonated for up to a week and cold for 24 hours.
These cedar coasters caught my attention at Hardywood’s last party. This would be a perfect gift for someone who has every beer glass in the world.
Hardywood’s tasting room is open 2-5pm Dec. 23rd. Take a look other gift options offered by Hardywood.
St Bernadus Giftset
Without a doubt, St Bernadus’ Abt 12 is one of my favorite Belgian beers that I have ever had. If I don’t get this for Christmas, I may have to go get it for myself. I have only seen this one at Ellwood Thompson and Wine & Beer Westpark but you can also check Once Upon A Vine South as well.
This is strictly for your homebrewer. Penzeys Spices in Carytown has a great collection of spices that any intrepid homebrewer would love to get their hands on. A few spices that come to mind are coriander, cardamom, crystallized ginger, star anise, cinnamon and a variety of peppercorns. The sky is limit here.
Does your beer geek love to cook? I just saw these marinades at Whole Foods Short Pump just the other day. The stout marinade uses Heavy Seas Peg Leg.
They may be cliche but it is a fact that they are an all around great option when the person you are buying for does not have a predictable palate. I recommend starting at least $25. This will allow them to get a variety of beers from Once Upon a Vine South or Wine & Beer Westpark. If you are buying for a homebrewer, look for certificates from either The Weekend Brewer or Original Gravity.
I am going to take some time off to enjoy Christmas and New Years. I hope everyone out there has a wonderful holiday season. I will be back fresh in the new year.