BEER THEMED GIFT GUIDE Ahead of the festive season, lovers of the grain might be on the scout for beer-themed gift ideas. To help stretch the creative juices a little further than beer glasses and coasters, here are some ideas to help inspire you. These gifts are intended for family and friends over the age of 18. BEER With the craft beer explosion in South Africa, there are a wide range of different beer styles to try and liquor outlets are catering to this demand. If you prefer to do online shopping, browse www.yuppiechef.co.za If you’re confused by the many options, Danie Odendaal, SAB’s Brewing Consultant, recommends the following: Johannesburg: Agars Tomahawk IPA, Agars Jozi Blond, Agars American pale ale, Keghouse brewery Pale ale, Keghouse brewery Chilli chocolate Stout, Keghouse Belgian wit, Copper lake Brewery IPA, Copper Lake dark Lager, Brauhaus am dam Farmers Draught, Mad Giant True grit amber ale, Mad Giant Killer hop pale ale, Two Okes Stout But be sure to phone liquor outlets beforehand, as most do not carry exotic craft beer labels – you will need to do a little detective work. Devilspeak Blockhouse IPA, Stellenbrau Weiss and CBC Amber are the bestselling beer labels at Norman Goodfellows (Illovo) – (011) 788 4814 Cape Town: Woodstock Brewery Californicator IPA, Cape Brewing Company Amber Weiss, Cape Brewing Company Pilsner, Citizen Alliance Amber Ale, Darling Brew Slow Beer and Jack Black Lager are all popular beer labels sold at Roeland Liquors – (021) 461 6397. A brand only found in Cape Town – the Newlands Spring Brewery Co. – makes their beers with the mountain’s fresh spring water. Alternatively, find out when the next beer festival is happening in your city and buy a pair of tickets so you can both enjoy trying out new beers together. Take a look at www.quicket.co.za or www.webtickets.co.za Or you could order a personalised six pack of Castle Lager for your beer-loving spouse or mate from Netflorist. Various other product options are also available, including a bulk hamper and ‘bring and braai’ hamper. Price: Between R250 – R600 (excluding delivery fee) Orders close: 15 December 2016 http://www.netflorist.co.za/productselection.htm BEER MERCHANDISE For brand loyal beer drinkers, who already have glassware and bottle openers, the SAB World of Beer has a variety of ‘different’ items you may not have seen before. Nationwide delivery fee of R30 per item. Colourful and fun Flying Fish sunglassesUV protection.Price: R40 each. Castle Lager three piece braai set with wood and stainless steel finishes.Price: R115 per set. Carling Black Label watch.Price: R150 each. Castle Milk Stout flat cap.Price: R 75 each For more branded merchandise, contact SAB World of Beer on (011) 836 4900 or visit www.worldofbeer.co.za. Orders close: 15 December 2016. FUNKY BEER T-SHIRTS Do you have a spouse or friend who always wears the funkiest T-Shirts? Look through the Beer Shirts collection for men and women. Available via www.beershirts.co.za Price: R150 per T-shirt (delivery fee of R85 per order). BEER KNOWLEDGE For those serious about brushing up on their beer knowledge, the ‘Beer Safari’ is the perfect gift. Author Lucy Corne – also known as the Brew Mistress, documents her visit to 100 South African breweries telling their story and sharing insight into their beers. The book also acts as your own personal beer travel guide with space for you to write your own tasting notes as well collect the brewers’ signatures. Price: R249 each (free delivery) Available www.yuppiechef.com COOKING WITH BEER For the chefs among us, ‘The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook’ has taken a hundred classic pub ‘n grub recipes and reinvented them using beer as an ingredient. From Hawaiian pulled-pork sliders to chocolate stout cupcakes, there is something for everyone’s palate in this recipe book. Price: R349 each Available via www.mantality.co.za/craft-beer-cookbook.html BEER SCHOOL Does your spouse or friend want to learn how to brew his/her own beer? Send them back to school (beer school that is). Cape Town: Beer Lab runs a beer school for beginners – people who want to start brewing their own beer at home but need some guidance to get started. Classes are hands-on where you brew your own batch of beer, which you take home at the end of the session to ferment and bottle. Price: R875 per person What you need: a fermenter so you can take your beer home with you after class (these can be purchased onsite). Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit www.beerlab.co.za/pages/beerschool (vouchers for the beer school can also be purchased online) Johannesburg: The Beer Keg has its own ‘home brew’ school which runs once a month at R375 per person. You brew your own batch and come back a few weeks later to collect your bottled beer once it has fermented. Keep an eye out of their website for 2017 dates and bookings – www.thebeerkeg.co.za/catalog/beer-school.html. HOME BREWERS For those who are already home brewers, The Beer Pantry is a one-stop-shop for every thinkable gadget you need to make your own brew. Great stocking fillers, you can pick up ingredients (including ingredients already packed for you according to the beer style you want to brew) and brewing equipment. From boilers and fermentation buckets to bottle cappers and bottle caps, you can find it all via www.thebeerpantry.co.za (and they deliver). Have a ‘hoppy’ holidays and a ‘beery’ new year. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.