Homebrewer’s and Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide! – 2016 Edition

Looking for that perfect gift for the Homebrewer or Craft Beer Lover in your life or… for yourself.  Here’s some of our favorite gear!

1. Speidel Fermenters – Recommended For: All homebrewers.  Ranging from 3.2 gallons all the way up to 132 gallons, these quality fermenters are packed with features and reasonably priced.  See: Hands On Review – Speidel Fermenters

Speidel Plastic Fermenter - 60L (15.9 gal)

2. Growlers – Recommended For: Any kegging homebrewer and/or craft beer lovers that live in states that allow refill of unmarked growlers.  Recommended features – Stainless Steel Construction and Vacuum Insulation.  Consider these models… Stanley Classic Growler, Hammertone Green also in Hammertone Navy [See: Hands On Review – Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler] and available as a gift pack with stacking pintsKlean Kanteen 64-Ounce Insulated Growler With Swinglok Cap

Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler

3. Thermapen Mk4 by ThermoWorks – Recommended For: All homebrewers and home chefs – this recent update to the beloved Thermapen series includes auto rotating display, backlight, uses (easy to find) AAA batteries and… waterproof.  Add that to extremely quick response times and amazing accuracy and any homebrewer, bbq-er or home chef would love to have one of these.


4. RT600C Super Fast Thermometer – If you’d love to give or get a great thermometer but don’t quite have the budget for the Thermapen Mk4 consider the RT600C [Hands on Review – RT600C].  At generally under $20 it’s a great option for smaller budgets.

RT600C Super Fast Thermometer

5. CDN DTQ450X – Recommended For: All Homebrewers.  This is a great homebrewing thermometer!  See: Hands On Review – CDN DTQ450X

6. Spiegelau IPA Glasses – Recommended For: Anyone who enjoys IPAs or beautiful beer glasses.


7. Spiegelau Tasting Kit Craft Beer Glass Kit – Recommended For: Homebrewers and Craft Beer Lovers.  Four beer glasses for four styles of beer.


8. MoreBeer One Gallon Homebrew Starter Kits –  Recommended For: Someone who has expressed a general interest in trying to brew beer.  Smaller is easier.  These kits include almost everything you’ll need to get started including a first recipe kit.


9. Brooklyn BrewShop Beer Making Kits – Recommended For: Someone who has expressed a general interest in trying to brew beer.  If they have considered giving homebrewing a try whilst walking around Bed, Bath and Beyond, give this kit a try.  The recipient will get everything they need to start brewing all grain beers at a very reasonable price.

Small batch all grain equipment kit and ingredients for Everyday IPA from Brooklyn BrewShop.

10. Personal Home Brewery Kit #2 Deluxe BRKIT2 with PET Fermenter – Recommended For: Someone you know wants to start brewing.  They have brewed with a friend or are otherwise sold on it.

There are many good equipment kits out there.  I recommend this one because I own it and have produced an Illustrated Step by Step Guide on brewing beer with this.

11. An ingredient kit from your loved one’s favorite local homebrew shop – Recommended For: People that hang out at their LHBS

Does the intended gift recipient spend time at your local Local Homebrew Shop (LHBS)?  If so, swing in and ask the shop owner for advice.  If they are spending a good bit of time there, odds are good the shop owner will have a good suggestion on an appropriate ingredient kit or piece of equipment.

12. PBW and/or Star San – Recommended For: The person who wants socks for a gift.  If your gift recipient is no nonsense and practical, this one’s for you.  First… check to see if they use PBW Star San in the first place.  If you notice a container lying around and they are a socks-for-a-gift person… bam.  Get a least the 4 lb size and the 8 lb size if your budget allows.  Avoid the 1 lb size.  That size isn’t a good value.  Also: The Spray Bottle Technique

13. Craftsman Wrench Bottle Opener – Recommended For: Any person.  This is tool quality bottle opener with a lifetime warranty.


14. 24″ Stainless Whisk – Recommended For: Any homebrewer that is making at least 5 gallon batches of beer.  See: Hands On – 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling41sPJrnHioL

If the homebrewer in your life doesn’t walk around with one of these on brew day (and they make at least 5 gallons of beer at a time) then this is a winner.  Check out my Hands on Review.

15. Personalized Labels, Coasters or Signs from GrogTag – Recommended For: Any homebrewer or craft beer lover.  Homebrewer’s should like personalized labels, coasters and signs.  Craft beer lovers would enjoy personalized metal signs and customized coasters.  Promo code HBF saves you 10%.

16. Gift Items from Beerloved – Recommended For: All Craft Beer lovers and Homebrewers, especially those who prefer unique hand made items.

beerloved gifts

Beerloved offers a wide selection of items that would be great for gifts.  Glassware, tasting glasses and paddles, craft beer related food items, artwork and posters.  They also offer a good selection of hand made artisan products like the pictured 6 pack carrier.

17. Messermeister Take-Apart Scissors – Recommended For: Homebrewers, Home Chefs, BBQ-ers, People who use scissors.  Quality construction, well designed and easy to use and clean.  A key part of my brew day and my Brew Day Box

18. Hops!  Recommended For:  All homebrewers.  Brewers can always use more hops.  This may also result in your classic give/get scenario as you may end up getting some… beer.  Hops @ Bell’s General Store, Brew HardwareMoreBeer, love2brew, Great Fermentations, Adventures in Homebrewing

Hop Union Citra Pellet Homebrew

19. “The Gift Basket of Homebrewing”  A complete Brew Day Box – Recommended For: Home brewers.  For those of you that want to put a little more work into a gift.  Consider putting together a complete assortment of tools to make your gift-givers brew day a little smoother.  See: Putting Together a “Brew Day Box”

20. Cereal Killer Grain Mill – Recommended For: The all grain homebrewer that’s not yet milling their own grain.  We regularly hear good things about this mill from it’s users.  See: Hands on Review – Cereal Killer Grain Mill

Milling your own grain… 1. Gives you control over the crush of your grain. That’s a big factor in efficiency. 2. A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process. You know what the crush is going to be since you set it. 3. A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3. The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain. Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

cereal killer grain mill

21. Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller – Recommended For: Those who are putting together a temperature controlled fermentation chamber OR a kegerator.  See: Hands On Review – Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Temperature Controller

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ Sensor

22. Brew Bracket Hosting Kit – Everything you need to host a blind taste test tournamentBrew Bracket Hosting Kit

23. Pliny the Elder Recipe Kit – Brew one of the most popular beers in America using a recipe from the creator.  Available in extract and all grain.  See: Brewing Pliny

Pliny the Elder Recipe Kits via MoreBeer

24. BrewBucket Stainless Steel Fermenter – Recommended For: A committed homebrewer that’s looking to move beyond buckets to a stainless conical style fermenter at a reasonable price.


25. Grainfather All Grain Brewing System – Recommended For: All grain brewers that are looking for lots of features and easier brew days at a (relatively) reasonable cost.


26. Gift Certificates and Cards – Recommended For: A homebrewer, prospective homebrewer or craft beer lover.

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