The days are getting shorter, festive music is already playing in Wawa, Grandma is planning her visit from Florida… and you haven’t bought a single gift.
Fear not, we’ve got you covered. And who isn’t a fan of one-stop shopping, especially when that stop is a beer shop.
YOUR PECULIAR YOUNGER COUSIN
Green Flash Le Freak
Grandma is upset by all the tattoos and the ever-changing hair color, but you appreciate the outer stylings, and your freaky cousin will enjoy this unique blend of Belgian tripel and American IPA.
YOUR AUNT SALLY
Lagunitas Aunt Sally
I mean, if you really do have an Aunt Sally, this is perfect.
A MOVIE FAN
Evil Genius Santa! I Know Him!!
With titles saluting all our favorite flicks, from Anchorman (I Love Lamp) to Friday (Bye, Felicia), Wedding Crashers (Ma! The Meatloaf!) to Billy Madison (O’Doyle Rules), Philly brewery Evil Genius has something for any movie fan. This dry, complex ale references the Xmas classic, Elf.
YOUR RELATIVE/FRIEND WHO’S PLANNING A SURFING VACATION
Port Brewing Shark Attack
As my sister planned her trip to Australia, I sent her regular updates about all the deadly fauna she might encounter. It was as appreciated as this smooth, caramelly red ale will be.
YOUR BROTHER’S GOTHED-OUT GIRLFRIEND
Great Lakes Nosferatu
Blood red in color with a toasty malt body lurking beneath, this rich, red ale has a bitter bite so good, it’s scary.
YOUR ANGLOPHILE BROTHER-IN-LAW
Wells Bombardier English Premium Bitter
He dresses in tweed, quotes Peep Show and Churchill, and gets up early on Boxing Day to watch English soccer. He’ll love this.
YOUR RED-EYED COLLEGE GRAD
Abita Purple Haze
Beer may not be this person’s favorite intoxicant, but the tart, sweet raspberry lager goes down well with Hendrix and the munchies.
Dogfish Head Midas Touch
The intriguing Ancient Ales from this Delaware brewery are based on millennia-old recipes recreated by archaeologists and beer experts. This sweet, yet dry beer, is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between beer, wine and mead, Midas Touch will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.
THAT FAMILY MEMBER YOU DIDN’T ACTUALLY EXPECT TO SHOW
Sly Fox Christmas Ale
Keep a few of these on hand to give to any yuletide guest… or to crack open for yourself, because Santa deserves a present too.
YOUR BACKPACKING COUSIN
Pretty much anything from this Boston-based brewery would be fitting for your round-the-world tripster, but we especially enjoy this light, wintery shandy in the cooler months.