Eat beer via ReGrained bars
The eco-conscious community of craft beer is spreading environmentalism beyond the beer. Take Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz for instance. They started ReGrained, which produces snack bars that feature grain left behind from the brewing process as the main ingredient. The company closes the loop on a brewing waste product by turning spent grain into a delicious, nutritious and sustainable ingredient. Currently, the company is selling two bar types — IPA and Stout — which taste amazing whether you like beer or not. Cost: $24.99 per 12-pack or $5.99 for a sampler. Where can you buy it? ReGrained.com, Amazon.com or Abe’s Market.
Stainless steel Demento pint glass
We delved into the awesomeness that is the Hydroflask True Pint on page one, and this Ale Asylum Demento pint glass is an excellent variant. This is stainless steel pint glass featuring the brewer’s lovably creepy Demento symbol, as well as the Ale Asylum logo. It’s beautifully powder coated with a black matte finish, and its double-walled construction keeps beer cold without freezing your hands off (you’ll need those). Cost: $15 (shipping and taxes included). Where can you buy it? Roll over to the website.
Become a tastemaker with this Dogfish Head beer infuser
There’s a mad scientist in all brewers and beer lovers, which makes devices like this little beer infuser from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery dementedly fun. It’s called the Randall Jr., and this “mini enamel animal” will give you the power to turn any beer into an off-centered infusion. Just twist off the top, add hops, spices, fruit or chilled monkey brains, then fill it with your brew of choice and savor the fruits of your creativity. The new super-thick Randall holds a whopping 16 ounces. Cost: $19.99. Where can you buy it? Hit the website, of course.
The ubiquitous Santa beer with holiday glass
There are precisely one zillion holiday beers you can buy during December, so we’ve made the choice easy. Go classy with a snazzy, wooden-boxed Santa’s Private Reserve bomber with sparkling glassware from Rogue Ales & Spirits. The double hopped red ale is housed in a sweet Santa serigraphed bottle with snowflakes that glisten as much as the fist-pumping Santa on the glass. Cost: It’s $31.99 but can only be shipped to Washington or Oregon. You can buy the beer and glass separately as well. Where can you buy it? On Rogue’s website, rogue.com store.
Exotic English homebrew hops
British hops are definitely different. They’re unique because of that lovely English maritime climate, which means these hops experience warm, but not hot summers and cool, but not cold winters. So what that delivers in a British hop is a lower myrcene level amongst other unique traits and benefits. It’s a unique experience you can gift via nine varieties of Stocks Farm British hops for the homebrewer. We suggest the brand new variety, Jester, which has outstripped all of Stocks Farm’s other varieties with almost five times the sales. All that we ask is that you choose wisely. Cost: $6.87/17.5 ounces @ $30.27. Where can you buy it? Hop over to the website.
A Michigan-exclusive holiday pack
We’d find our way to Michigan if it meant some Short’s Brewing Co. beer for the holidays. The craft brewery, whose motto is “Michigan Only, Michigan Forever,” is celebrating the season with new Short’s and Starcut Ciders Gift Packs exclusively for the Wolverine State (Starcut is Short’s cider brand, btw). Each pack includes two logo can glasses (which are awesome), a bottle opener and two beers (one Soft Parade and one Local’s Light) or ciders (one Pulsar and one Octorock). Cost: Original price is $14.99, but they are retailing for $12.99 throughout the rest of the year. Score. Where can you buy it? The packs can be found at grocery and beverage stores across Michigan, as well as at Short’s Mart, which is down the street from Short’s Pub in Bellaire, Mich.
Beer-minded music from the bard of beer songs
Beer and music have long been drinking buddies. Longtime craft beer promoter Marty Jones has a few songs about it. A co-founder of the Oskar Blues Canned Beer Apocalypse and flag-waver/idea guy for various beer endeavors in Colorado and around the world, Jones is also a longtime music maker with a knack for songs about beer — righteous tunes like “Match Made in Milwaukee” and “One More Beer.” Jones blends rockabilly, honkytonk, roots rock and hillbilly stomp with beer-themed humor and heartbreak. Cost: $1.50 per song. Where can you buy it? Try www.martyjones.net.
A Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery
One must always be mindful of books — for words have the power to change us. So take caution when gifting a book like The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery by Dick Cantwell ($95). You might just propel a friend or family member toward an occupation in the industry of brewing beer. Similarly motivation titles include How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time by John Palmer ($19.95) and Modern Homebrew Recipes by Gordon Strong ($19.95). All are published by Brewers Publications. Cost: Above. Where can you buy it? Click the embedded links above.