Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Holiday gift guide: 5 ideas for the hophead in your life
Hoppy holidays, indeed.
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You’ve heard us talk at length about the rise of North Texas’ craft beer scene. Whether you and your friends experienced it firsthand or are new to craft beer, here are five gifts for the hopheads on your shopping list.
Growler: The latest trend in craft beer drinking is the growler. If you’re not familiar, a growler is essentially a reusable to-go beer container. There are even several bars that cater specifically to these types of products. Craft & Growler in Dallas is a good choice, and carries these containers in several different sizes. Choose from glass, stainless steel or plastic (growlers vary in price depending on size, but you can see some examples here). For an added bonus, fill it with beer. There are plenty of growler accessories to choose from as well, like the growler collar ($9.99), which stabilizes the jug as you flip it upside-down after a rinse.
BYOSix-pack: Nothing says “happy holidays” like a custom six-pack tailored to your hopheads' palate. Both Total Wine and Whole Foods have refrigerated sections where you can buy individual beers ($1.99-$3.99 each) so you can mix and match different brands and styles. Feeling a little crafty? Go ahead and turn those bottlenecks into six-pack of adorable reindeer. All you need are pipe cleaners and hot glue.
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Bike cinch: Now that you’ve got your personalized six-pack, how about providing an convenient way to carry it — on bike, that is? The leather six-pack frame cinch from Walnut Studiolo ($24) is a leather band that folds easily over the bike frame and snaps in securely. The cinch comes in four colors — black, dark brown, honey and natural — and is ridiculously chic.
Pint glasses: The one thing hopheads can never have too much of is glassware. The best thing to do is pick a passion point and find a box set of pint glasses that fit that theme. Know a huge music lover? Try a Beatles set ($29.99). Vintage soul? The Bettie Page four-pack ($49.99) is a must. Even the geekiest of drinkers will appreciate their set of Hobbit-themed glasses ($32.99). Search Amazon.com for best results.
Custom koozie: Several websites offer custom designs. VistaPrint even lets you upload your own photo to print on the koozie. Prices vary depending on where you buy. Buy in bulk and you’ll receive a discount. I mean, don't all your friends want a koozie with your face on it?Follow @tineywristwatch