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12-05-2010, 09:35 PM
I'm not a beer drinker, my dad is. He didn't give me much as far as gift ideas, so I was thinking maybe some seasonal beers or something like that. In the past he's requested a case of Bass and Guinness; there's Blue Moon in the fridge right now, apparently (my brother has one in the living room right now). Recent years I've given him Black Sambuca (he and I are the only ones who drink that), but that's pretty much a staple in his liquor cabinet; I want to do something different.

Any ideas for gifty kinda beers?

Victory Sabre
12-05-2010, 11:02 PM
Since you live in NJ you should be able to get Yuengling. It is an amazing beer, and I can't wait till summer (when I go to Myrtle Beach on vacation)to have some again.

Saporro from Japan is a delicious beer.

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale. I remember it was awesome. I don't have any idea if you can find it, though.

Kalnapilis Dortmunder - I've only had it once, but it is very good. I described it as "better then sex".

12-06-2010, 12:15 AM
You can get nice gift boxes of 10-12 beers from Earth Fare, Fresh Market, and World Market. I don't know if you have those stores where you are, but they are collections of different beers, so you can sample a whole bunch of different beers you might not otherwise know about. My dad, my BILs, and the beer drinkers in my life always seem to enjoy them.

12-06-2010, 12:18 AM
You might want to try a Beer of the Month Club. I have never tried any of them, so I can't make a recommendation.

We have a restaurant chain down here that has 350 beers to chose from. No need to join a club.

12-06-2010, 01:26 AM
I'm not a beer drinker, my dad is.<snip>
Any ideas for gifty kinda beers?

I'm not much of one either* but the ones I'm fond of are(in order)

Köstritzer Schwarzbier (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/648/1774)-which is a dark Lager, oddly enough it's not bitter like most dark bier-we have a German bar/restaurant three blocks away that has it on tap. My friends are aware that I am a bit fond of stouts, and darker beers(like Guinness), and are quite shocked when I get them to try this one.

anything from Unibroue (http://www.unibroue.com/en/unibroue/history/)-partial to "La Fin Du Monde"

and the old standby-Monty Python's Holy Grail (http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/beers/holy_grail_bottled_beer/)-I originally bought it for the "amusement factor" but it is actually a pretty decent beverage.

*what I normally drink is Guinness, Blue Moon, and Strongbow cider(strongbow and Guinness together is known as a "snakebite"-quite tasty)

12-06-2010, 02:33 AM
Thanks guys. RK, I don't think we have any of those stores around here (if we do I've never seen them). Wegman's has a pretty decent liquor store (as far as I can tell in my limited experience); maybe I'll start there and see what they have.

12-06-2010, 03:17 AM
Consider a kit to make his own. He'll easily enjoy that new hobby.

12-06-2010, 01:17 PM
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12-06-2010, 02:41 PM
Maybe offer to buy him dinner (and beers) at a favorite brew pub?

12-06-2010, 04:13 PM
Perhaps some kind of gift pack? Something like this (http://greatbrewers.com/product/historic-ales-scotland-gift-pack). I looked at this one myself as a gift for my brother. Many breweries make them.