If you have a craft beer lover close to your heart, then you know finding thoughtful beer gifts for them can prove to be a challenge. Good gifts for beer lovers go beyond simply picking up a six pack or grabbing a gift card from the brewery down the street (though you should do that, too).
Luckily, there are now more great Hanukkah gifts for beer lovers than ever before, and that should allow you to shop for a gift that fits your beer lover perfectly. From books to beer boxes to small beer gifts, we’ve compiled some of our favorite Hanukkah gift ideas for every beer geek in your life.
Brewvana sells a Hoppy Hanukkah Beer Box that is the perfect fit for Jewish craft beer lovers everywhere. The Hoppy Hanukkah Beer Box is packed with 8 hand-picked craft beers to enjoy each night of Hanukkah, and Brewvana each year finds Jewish brewers to feature in this holiday beer box.
Each Hoppy Hanukkah gift comes with invitations to exclusive nightly tastings with brewers and other beer personalities. With this beer gift, the craft beer geek in your life gets to celebrate Hanukkah with the brewers who made their beers.
And what would Hanukkah be without gifts? The Hoppy Hanukkah Beer Box is jam packed with little gifts to enjoy on each night of Hanukkah, including gifts like gelt, brewery stickers and more.
Gifts for Beer Lovers
Beer box subscriptions are a thoughtful gift for any self-described beer nerd out there, and the benefits are obvious. With a recurring membership, your beer-loving loved one gets to sit back and have everything sent to them. There is no need to visit bottle shops or stop in for beers to go at breweries—beer boxes will deliver the goods straight to their doorstep.
In the crowded field of beer box memberships, though, the Brews Less Traveled Beer Club from Brewvana stands out above the rest. This beer box is America’s only traveling craft beer club, as Brewvana actually sends its team out to hand-pick cans of craft brews from independent breweries in all corners of the country.
What makes a great Hanukkah gift for craft beer nerds? Brews Less Traveled is a great gift for beer lovers because of its continued commitment to beer variety—and quality. Each box is stuffed with an assortment of beer styles, with previous boxes featuring beer styles such as coffee hazelnut porters, Kveik sour ales and hazy double IPAs. The Brews Less Traveled Beer Club is a unique way to explore regional beer styles, like freshly-hopped IPAs from the Pacific Northwest or corn lagers from the Midwest.
To top it all off, Brews Less Traveled Beer Club members get exclusive access to weekly, interactive live streams featuring brewers, beer historians and other interesting guests. If you’ve got a hardcore beer enthusiast in your life, the Brews Less Traveled Beer Club gives them front row access to chat with the brewers who actually made the beers they’re drinking.
There are several options for membership, making it a fantastic option for a beer gift. Subscriptions come in 1-month, 3-month or 6-month increments, with savings on the longer subscriptions. The Brews Less Traveled Beer Club is a gift for beer lovers that keeps on giving.
If you’re in the market for Hanukkah gifts for beer lovers who like to go behind the scenes, brewery tours may be the move for you. Guided brewery tours can be taken on foot or in provided transportation, and they take guests to breweries in a given area to sample different regional beers.
Nationwide, no one runs a better tour than City Brew Tours. The brewery tour operator now runs tours in 17 cities across the U.S. and Canada, and that number is constantly growing. What sets City Brew Tours apart from other
City Brew Tours sets itself apart from other tour operators due to its high-quality tours and professionalism, having run beer tours for more than a decade now. You can even choose from a few different brewery tours to gift, including the company’s full package which includes tasting stops at 4 different breweries, provided transportation and a beer-paired meal at one of the brewery stops. City Brew Tours also offers unique brewery tours on foot in New York and Philadelphia, which allows tour guests to soak in the city in between breweries.
Whichever tour you choose from City Brew Tours, they take guests behind the scenes to see where the beer is made. Tour guests get to learn the brewing process at some of America’s most famous taprooms, and that is a memory-making beer gift for any true beer geek.
Most beer geeks over time accumulate a bunch of cans, bottles and other brewery memorabilia that, over time, tends to collect dust. What if you found a way to repurpose some of their nostalgic beer knick-knacks and turn them into craft beer gifts for Hanukkah?
There are a lot of great beer crafting ideas out there that anyone can make. Yes, even if you have little to no prior crafting experience, there are some easy and inexpensive crafting ideas to help you make personalized beer gifts for men.
One of our favorite beer crafts is turning paper brewery coasters into unique, laminated and re-usable coasters. The process is quite easy and requires just paper coasters, some cling film and some sort of epoxy or resin covering.
You can also make coasters with your beer lover’s favorite brewery logo if you have a wood burning kit. Watch this video to see how you can make one-of-a-kind coaster gifts for Hanukkah using wood burning techniques:
Crafting is also a great opportunity to make unique Hanukkah presents for the craft beer geek women in your life. Grab some cans of their favorite craft beer and turn them into candles or planters for desk succulents. For projects like that, you only need a simple can cutter to take the top of the can off, then you can fill the empty craft beer can with whatever candle wax or succulent you like.
This idea is a little out of left field, but we promise it will make a unique Hanukkah gift! Hop rhizomes are available to purchase at certain points throughout the year (hop growing kits from seeds are also available) and allow the beer nerd in your life to grow their own hops right from the comforts of home.
Growing hops at home is fairly easy in certain climates, and there are plenty of helpful tips available online for the amateur hop farmer at home. Here is a video with tips from a professional hop farmer on how to successfully grow hop plants at home, from the ground up:
Small Hanukkah Gifts
As we’ve previously mentioned in this article, City Brew Tours are great presents to give the beer lovers in your life. You can purchase tickets for a tour straight from the company, but why not let your gift recipient choose exactly which tour they’d like to go on?
City Brew Tours sells gift cards redeemable for any of its tours, and these are excellent gifts for beer lovers. The gift cards can be purchased and printed at any time, meaning you can rely on this as a last second gift. Remember this next time you’re in a gift giving emergency!
There is no shortage of interesting beer books to fill the shelves of the craft beer lover in your life. Books make great small gifts, and with craft beer books now covering a range of topics, you can buy a Hanukkah gift perfectly suited for your favorite beer geek.
Some of our favorite books include:
Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah by Jeremy Cowan and James Sullivan
Brooklyn BrewShop’s Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches by Erica Shea and Stephen Valand
Keeping the “Farm” in “Farmhouse Beer” by Marika Josephson
The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food by Garrett Oliver
The New World Guide to Beer by Michael Jackson
The Craft Beer Cookbook: From IPAs and Bocks to Pilsners and Porters by Jacquelyn Dodd
Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Jacob Grier
Craft beer lovers don’t leave the house without a trusted koozie to keep their beer cold, everyone knows that.
Customized koozies are a small (but thoughtful) gift for beer lovers, and you can even include a Hanukkah theme in your koozie! You can find a design with Sufganiyah (jelly donuts) or dreidels to add some festive flair to your custom koozie.