Taps Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the Most Wonderful Time for Beer! And we’re going to help you find that perfect gift for the beer lover in your life. Here are just a few great ideas that will surely make someone on your list happy this holiday season. 

Editor’s Picks

For The Beer Lover

Pretty Pennie hop Inspired Jewellery

Take a former craft beer sales rep who is a trained metalsmith and what do you get? A classic beer inspired jewellery line to suit any avid craft beer lover! Hilary Pennie of Pretty Pennie Jewellery has a serious love for small batch brews so much so that her “Pretty Hoppy” Jewellery line encompasses the widest used ingredient in beer, HOPS.  Streamline beer hop cones have been hand carved in her studio, cast in Toronto and hand finished in brass, silver, and rose gold plating.  To adorn both men and women alike various finishes are available in necklaces, earrings, rings and most recently cufflinks. Made with love from her home in Cambridge, Ontario, this is sure to be an amazing gift this season!

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The Ukeg By GrowlerWerks

If you define yourself as a craft beer enthusiast, you cannot live without this extraordinary growler. UKeg growlers give you the functionality of a full bar system, letting you be your own bartender wherever you go. Vacuum insulated so your beverage stays cold outside of the fridge for hours, and integrated Co2 makes the uKeg perfect for keeping your craft beer perfectly fresh for serving where and when you want it. The uKeg comes in two sizes, 64 and 128 ounces and you can choose between Copper Plate or Stainless Steel finishes. Such a fantastic product and maybe even a good gift for yourself for the holidays!

Fresh. Cold. Carbonated. To Go.

For the Homebrewer

Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies

Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies is Vancouver’s original beer supplies shop serving homebrewers since 1991. It’s a great source for fresh hops, grains and barley in Vancouver. Dan’s also has a full range of gear for beer and wine making at modest prices, as well as kits and malt extracts that make it even easier for newbies. A guru behind the counter, Dan was an endless source of advice and recipes. People come to the shop with their latest beers to hang out, have a taste and see what others are up to. It’s a great way to learn and many of the people that go are new to brewing themselves. Head down there and meet the staff and get brewing some beer! It’s the perfect spot to pick up some must have items for the homebrewer in your life.

835 E Hastings St, Vancouver BC 604-251-3411

Toronto Brewing Supplies

Toronto Brewing is the premier source for homebrew supplies and equipment, with the largest selection of supplies in the GTA. Their 4,500 sq ft warehouse in North York houses a huge selection of hops, malt and yeast along with everything you need to brew your own beer at home. Bulk quantities of ingredients and supplies are also available for commercial breweries and the best part is that you can order online as well, making it very easy to shop for Holiday gifts. If you’re local, you can visit the retail location as well which is open seven days a week.

Email: info@torontobrewing.ca | Phone: (416) 901-3900

Address: 3701 Chesswood Drive Unit 115
Toronto, ON M3J 2P6

Amoretti

Nearly thirty years ago, two Armenian brothers had a dream to build something together. It could have been a spaceship, a skyscraper, or the largest roller coaster the world had ever seen. Luckily for our taste buds, they chose Amoretti.

These craft purees allow you to customize your favorite beer with the simplicity and ease of a pump. Available in over 15 flavours, you can easily customize your favorite craft beer creating a unique flavour profile every time.

The Craft Purees are super concentrated fruit, filtered, and shelf stable. Unlike regular purees, you don’t have to worry about spoiling fruit, lack of flavour, or pulp.
This is also great for homebrewers because you can easily add delicious fruit to your craft beer pre or post brew with a simple addition of 3 fluid ounces per gallon. There is no dissolving or mixing needed, so homebrewers and tap rooms can simply pump, pour, and serve! And craft breweries can add versatility by infusing multiple Craft Purees into one-off kegs from just one batch! It truly is a product for everyone and makes for a pretty unique gift!

For the Lover of ‘Beery Books’

Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through The World of Beer

The most comprehensive beer atlas available, this richly illustrated compendium includes more beers and more countries than any other book of its kind. Including beer recommendations from Garrett Oliver, the renowned brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, and written by “beer geographers” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, this indispensable guide features more than 100 illuminating maps and 200 beautiful colour photos. You’ll find beer history, trends, and tasting across six continents (and how to order a beer in 14 languages!). Travel tips include the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location. Smart, compelling, and practical, this essential guide will help you discover the best beer wherever you are.

East Coast Crafted

From the pioneering breweries of historic downtown Halifax to the distinct merroir of rural Prince Edward Island, from the banks of New Brunswick’s St. John River to the far-flung iceberg alleys of Newfoundland, East Coast Crafted features behind-the-scenes profiles of each of Atlantic Canada’s nearly 70 breweries and brewpubs. With a fun, narrative style, authors Christopher Reynolds (Cicerone, beer judge, co-owner of Stillwell beer bar) and Whitney Moran (beer journalist and editor) get to know the people behind the pints and offer readers dozens of recommendations as they explore their favourite suds from across the region. The result is the first comprehensive guide to Atlantic Canada’s evolving craft beer industry, an ideal read for beer tourists and local champions of Canada’s fastest-growing craft beer-producing region. A great read for those interested in learning more about Atlantic Canada’s beer scene!

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels

In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, one of the country’s most avid collectors of breweriana showcases a stunning selection of beer labels dating from the late 1870s to the present day.
What’s more Canadian than beer? Craft brewing has exploded across Canada, reinvigorating the country’s love and appreciation for its favourite beverage. But Canadians have always treasured beer―a fact evidenced by these 150 vintage labels that showcase both stunning skills in typography and a true passion for beer. This book is a really great gift for the collector in your life.

BEST BEERS: The Indispensable Guide to the World’s Best Craft & Traditional Beers

 Written by two of the world’s leading beer experts, co-authors Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb,  Best Beers takes you from the bock beers of Germany to the Trappist beers of Belgium, the complex bitters and stouts of Britain to the cutting-edge brews of North and South America. This expert selection covers the extraordinary diversity of aromas and flavours of the more than 20,000 breweries scattered around the world offer today.
Tasting notes, organized by country, provide succinct commentary on the chosen beers and cover the brewery and each beer’s key characteristics. With some 2,000 beers featured from more than 60 countries, this book encompasses more familiar established beers as well as exciting new discoveries from the myriad craft breweries that are emerging around the globe.

 

*These books can be purchased at any book retailer

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