The Professor has no idea what someone who likes beer may want for Christmas. He does know what he would want, so he can guess. So here are a few gift suggestions for those who like good beer. Not in any specific order.
1. Beer of the Month clubs may be a good idea, but check out what they have to offer. Unique and odd is best here. Whatever you do don’t call the shipping agent, like UPS for example, and ask, “Where’s that beer I gave Joe for Christmas?” Call the company that offers the service. They probably told the shipping company it’s anything but beer. Also find out delivery times. The longer the delivery time the more likely you should choose some other club. A wide selection is best. A club that only offers beer from a few brewers is probably not wise. This will be hit and miss by the very nature of the gift so a service that offers more brewers; rather than just a few, would be better.
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The Professor can only guess what someone who likes beer may not want. Here are a few beer based gifts that you may want to avoid, with comments. Not in any specific order because only you know who you are giving to, or should know them.
1. BrewMaster: The Craft Beer Game. Not a bad concept, but a poorly executed board game. You win by getting the most trophies and crowd markers. How many trophies you win as a brewer really doesn’t keep a brewpub open and many owners don’t care: it’s often all about the crowds, profit and the owner’s taste; as misguided as that last one may or may not be. The ale yeast card is good only to brew some style called “ale.” “Ale” is really just a matter of what yeast is used for the most part and what temps the brew is fermented/stored at. Stout is an ale. Porter is an ale. But you often can’t use the ale yeast on it. Belgian beers don’t always require two yeasts. For a game that bills itself as educational it might be: for those who wish to belong to some Flat Earth-like beer cult that avoids facts.
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