Beer lovers are by far the easiest people to shop for. Trust me, the gift of good beer will always be received with exuberant and completely unfeigned delight. But this year, several newly-released books, special brewing kits, and other beer-nerd-tastic things make giving these folks something they'll love even easier.
1 Give 'Em A 6-Pack, $8-16 from your local beer store: Seriously. A six-pack, thoughtfully chosen and lovingly given, will never fail to bring a smile to a beer buff's face. If you're not sure which beers to choose, take a peek in our Beer Sessions archives or ask the clerk.
2 Brooklyn BrewShop's 1-Gallon Beer Kit, $40 from Brooklyn BrewShop: If you know someone who has ever expressed an interest in learning how to homebrew, this is the kit for them. It's small, affordable, and makes brewing easy. (Read our full review.)
3 BeerAdvocate Magazine, $15 from BeerAdvocate: One of the best magazines out there that's fully-dedicated to craft beer.
4 Beer Craft: Six Packs from Scratch, $12 from Amazon: An excellent beginner's guide to the how's, why's, and what-for's of brewing beer. (Read our full review.)
5 Complete Homebrewing Kit, $150 from your local homebrew store: If you already know that one gallon batches isn't going to cut it for your beer buddy, give them the treat of a full-fledged 5-gallon brewing kit.
6 Brewed Awakening, $15 from Amazon: This book is so much more than a pub crawl of America's best breweries. It is a tell-all tale about every single hop and malt (not to mention blood, sweat, and tears) that goes into our favorite beers.
7 Brooklyn BrewShop's Beer Making Book, $14 from Amazon: The folks behind those one-gallon kits share some of their favorite recipes. (Read our full review.)
8 Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $23-$70 from Beer of the Month Club: The gift that keeps on giving! The
9 The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., $15 from Amazon: Part history lesson, part beer guide, and part cookbook, this gift would go well with a few bottles of Stone beer! (Read our full review.)
10 Brewing Up a Business, $11 from Amazon: The story of how Dogfish Head Craft Brewery came to be.
(Images: Emma Christensen, BeerAdvocate, Amazon, and Beer of the Month Club)