Whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping for this year, or just looking to reward yourself for being so darn jolly, we’ve got you covered with a variety of awesome gifts from all corners of the craft beer world. From custom glassware to seriously amazing knives to memberships that make great gifts for you or someone else…consider this your one-stop-shop.
Words by Kristi Locklin, Pictures by Jeff Zoet
First Sip Brew Box
Prices start at $24.99
Everybody loves getting mail (when it’s not a bill), and it’s even better when that mail is beer-related!First Sip Brew Box is a Pittsburgh-based subscription service that delivers brewery swag straight to your door!Each month a diferent craft brewery is featured and boxes are flled with their designated glassware, T-Shirts, coasters and koozies. Members can even get hop-and-malt based soaps, jellies, candies, hot sauces and pretzel mixes, along with advice on beer-and-food pairings and news from the world of brewing!Legal issues prevent the company from sending you actual beer, but First Sip Brew Box stretches Christmas Day into a year- long celebration!
Set shown $650
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Whether you’re an outdoorsman, an avid collector or just a wannabe master chef trying your hand at beer and food pairings, the right tools can make all the diference. And nothing beats having a stylish, extremely functional knife that will last a lifetime.
Goathead Knives are handcrafted in Pittsburgh by owner Todd Minoski. Both the 8 inch chef and 4 inch paring knives are made from Damascus steel (1095 and 15n20 steel, forge welded), giving both blades the distinct grain patterns. The matching g10 bolster handles are fnished with Hawaiian koa wood.
Individual knives of other variations are also available starting as low as $125.
As a car mechanic with a background in electronics, welding and fabricating, Minoski started making knives as a hobby two years ago. It came to him naturally and before long he found people asking to buy them.
“As I got into it and family members were asking about it I found out two of my great grandfathers, one was a knife maker, the other was a machinist and tool maker,” Minoski said. “[My family] said it must be in my blood or something. It was weird, now it’s like an addiction, I love doing it.
Amanda Lee Glassware
Prices start at $18
Amanda Lee Glassware & Art Studio
802 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont, PA 15139
Red Solo Cups are for kids. When you sip that winter warmer around the holiday hearth, do it with style!
Artist Amanda Lee hand-paints drinkware in her Oakmont workshop, pouring a bit of herself into each pilsner, rocks, pub, wine and shot glass. Each receptacle is American-made and decorated with durable glass paint and then fred for maximum durability. Styles range from Pittsburgh’s famous skyline and sports teams to beach scenes and zombies!
Brewer’s “BEAST” Beer Brewing Equipment Kit
As shown $139.99
with a discount on your frst recipe kit
South Hills Brewing Supply (Greentree)
2212 Noblestown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Country Wines (North Hills)
2300 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Give a man a brew and he’ll drink for a day; teach a man to brew and he’ll drink for a lifetime.
Yes, a beer kit really is the gift that keeps on giving. For under $200, you can potentially launch the next great brewermaster’s career! (And, if you’re a beer-lover yourself, it’s like getting a present in return!)
This alcoholic chemistry set comes with all the equipment your loved one will need to start making their own suds, from a complete carboy system and 20-quart stock pot to specialty cleaning supplies. Plus, if you purchase from South Hills Brewing Supply, you’ll get a discount on your frst batch of ingredients.
Directions are included with the kit, but the folks at South Hills Brewing Supply can ofer support, too. In business since 1994 with two locations—on Noblestown Road in Greentree and on Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills—the company boasts more than 3,000 square feet of beer-making gadgetry and ingredients.
Hopefully, by next Christmas, Santa will be getting a nice stout to go with his cookies instead of milk.
City Brew Tours Gift Certifcates
Start at $50
Dashing through the snow, in a City Brew Tours bus! Over the hills we go, breweries or bust!
Give the gift of a designated driver this holiday season and allow your loved one to be whisked away to four diferent local breweries! These all-inclusive, fve-hour tours include 15 diferent beers—ranging from 3-to-16-ounce pours—a meal, brewery entrance fees, gratuity and transportation.
The journeys depart from the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays through Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Like hop-fueled Rudolphs, on-board Beer Guides will lead you down Pittsburgh’s winding roads while helping you navigate the often befuddling world of brewing.
City Brew Tours might just make Santa ditch his sleigh.
Starting at $21.50
As shown $85
Limited time only, Holiday 4 Pack + Gift Box
If you’ve got an aromatherapy-lovin’ hophead on your shopping list, Brewed2Burn has just what you’re looking for. Their all-natural, soy-based candles come in cut beer bottles and feature a variety of scents, including Winter Pine Pale Ale, Pumpkin Spice Porter and Oatmeal Stout.
Based in Pittsburgh, the company is shining a light on a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from each candle sale goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Brewtal Alliance Membership
payable in a lump sum or in four payments of $25
Appease their inner demon with a year-long membership to the Brewtal Alliance! The beer and music festival, which was held in September, combines loud and abusive tunes with local brews. By joining their ranks, participants will receive a VIP ticket to the next concert, a limited edition hoodie, discounts on merchandise and at participating breweries, exclusive updates and invites to quarterly events featuring free booze! There are only 100 memberships available until Dec. 31 and they’re going faster than a Slayer guitar solo.
Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance Membership
Starting at $25
If Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week isn’t enough to quench your thirst for local brews, a one-year membership in the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance just might do the trick!
Participants will receive a 2018 PCBW T-Shirt, printed guide and sticker, access to early ticket sales for all participating beer festivals, specials and events, and frst dibs on volunteering opportunities. There’s a long, cold winter to get through before the next PCBW—which will be held April 20-29, 2018—sign up now for a warm and fuzzy feeling.