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5 truly awesome gifts for the craft beer enthusiast in your life

For Me? You Shouldn't Have

Whether you’re still on the hunt for one more gift, or you’ve made some last-minute revisions to your “nice” list (sorry, Uncle Steve, maybe next year), the shopping days until Christmas are quickly ticking away. We’re less than a week out from what might be the best Christmas ever—but hey—no pressure.

You could go to the store, where conditions have been declared DEFCON 1 and shoppers are crashing through aisles with complete abandon—because it looks like your cart might fit, but somehow that never happens. So, rather than get out there in the thick of it, your best strategy is to hit up the bajillions (a precise calculation) of gift options online. And if you’re wondering where to start, it’s right here, baby.

The Avondale merch store is alive with goodies to suit all appetites. The new shopping feature provides us buyers with the same awesome Avondale merchandise available in house, but now from the comfort of our flannel snowflake pajamas. Check out all of our swag and send some Avondale Brewing Co. love to your favorite beer drinker. Visit the store here

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If you've maxed out on Avondale swag and still have cash to burn, check out these five hand-selected gifts for the craft beer enthusiast in your life, and check off everyone on your Christmas list. As of right now, all items are available online and have shipping or arrival dates before December 25th, so get to clicking!

For the Outdoor Enthusiast: YETI Coolers

Whoa, Nelly, I know. Depending on who you are and who you’re shopping for, the YETI brand price points might seem a bit steep, with their smallest cooler starting at $249.99. But, they’re insanely well-made and keep your craft beer cold for days at a time, so it’s a good thing they’ve developed a line of tumblers and containers for those not looking to make payment installments. The $29.99 Rambler Colster holds any 12-oz. can or bottle and locks in the cold. The heavy-duty stainless steel walls are sweat-proof, so you can “high-five with impunity while enjoying a tasty beverage.”

For the Traveling Enthusiast: Beer Cap Maps

For an easy $39.00, you can set the recipient of this gift out on a year-long journey to experience craft beer excellence. These maps are available in the shapes of all 50 states and display your acclaimed collection of craft beer caps. Display caps geographically by state, or broaden your craft beer horizons with a U.S. Beer Cap Map—other countries are also available.

For the Swag Enthusiast: Beer Appreciation Box

The Beer Appreciation Box features one- and two-glass options, with the one-glass option at $31.25 + free shipping. Every box comes with a style-appropriate beer printed glass, a matching collectible pair of coasters that include useful beer appreciation tips, a surprise gift (this can be anything from limited edition bottle openers to hats or something more off-the-wall) and beer-themed stickers. Join the monthly club for $25/month (pause, edit or cancel anytime) and get a beer coaster box and a different beer-inspired theme (IPA, stouts, Belgian, etc.). *Beer not included.

For the Education Enthusiast: The Beer Bible

For about $15 on Amazon, this book will satisfy any beer-drinker’s thirst for knowledge. Author Jeff Alworth spent two years traveling over 17,000 miles to six countries and 52 breweries when writing the book, which is a beer lover’s guide to the world’s craft beers. Each chapter explores a craft beer style, discussing origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, substyles, tasting notes and a list of recommendations. According to Amazon, the book is for: passionate beginners, who will love its “if you like X, try Y” feature; for intermediate beer lovers eager to go deeper; and for true craft beer geeks, who will find new information on every page.

For the Toasting Enthusiast: Spiegelau Craft Beer Glasses

At $39.99, the set includes three dishwasher-safe glasses: one IPA, one wheat and one stout. The custom-shaped glasses are design to bring out the best in craft beers and deliver optimum beer texture, balance and flavor. These glasses were awarded the 2015 Red Dot Award and the IDEA Gold award for their functional and innovative product design. And let’s face it: beer always tastes better in a fancy glass.

Kathy Wells is a freelance writer and editor who has never met a pizza she didn't like. In her spare time, she enjoys losing valuable hours basking in patio weather, singing her life as a musical, and fine-tuning her relationship with her couch—it's complicated.

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