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The Roaming Pint: Holiday Gift Guide

craft beer holiday gift guide

I wanted to put together a post about holiday gifts for craft beer lovers… but in my search for the goods, I stumbled upon the Craft Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide, and wouldn’t you know it, Brian and Maria over at The Roaming Pint already did all the work for me!

So if you’ve got a craft beer lover on your list, shop the craft beer lover’s holiday gift guide and help support The Roaming Pint’s website and in turn, small businesses and breweries across the nation. They’ve got you covered with gifts for everyone on your list, from the novice beer lover to certified beer geeks and connoiseaurs!

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See the Craft Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide…

Beer Mine, Valentine.

Beer Mine, Valentine | a beer lovers gift guide.

Ahh Valentine’s Day… love it or hate it, it’s coming.  You know all the angles… For some, the day of love stirs up memories of scorned hearts and lonely nights, others loathe this “Hallmark Holiday” for giving flower shops an excuse to jack the price of long-stem roses.  Yet, for the seemingly few that actually enjoy Valentine’s Day, those lucky in love fools, it’s a day to celebrate love and affection with that special someone.  And although gift giving may not be the central theme of the day, it comes in a close second.  Each year, on February 14th, we bestow flowers, jewelry, and the iconic heart-shaped box of chocolates upon our sweethearts, in an effort to show how much we care.  But it’s not always easy to find that special gift, the one that speaks your true feelings, the one that really says “i love you.”  So I’m here to offer some help to all the lost and confused lovers out there.  If the one you love, loves beer… here’s a list of Valentine’s Day gifts for the beer lover in your life.

Gifts For Beer Lovers…

Brewing the Brutal Homebrew Kit

Rogue Brutal IPA Homebrew KitFor Christmas this year, I gave JD a homebrew kit to make a DIY version of Rogue’s Brutal IPA, one of our favorite Rogue beers.  You could say this was somewhat selfish of me, seeing as though I would inevitably be joining him in the brewing process, as well as enjoying the fruits of our labor… but if you say it to my face, I might not share any with you when  it’s done fermenting, sooo….. it’s probably best to keep those kinds of opinions to yourself.

Anyway, we spent yesterday afternoon brewing beer.

The kit makes an easy-to-manage 5 gallon batch.  The box contained everything we needed, except the yeast (due to shipping restrictions), but the instructions told us what was recommended.  We started out steeping the grain, then adding the first bag of dry malt extract to create the wort.  Then it’s time to start the clock for the boil.  We added the bittering hops first (Centennial), after about 45 minutes, the flavor hops (Crystal), and finally the aroma hops (Crystal again).  The boil is my favorite part of homebrewing process because of the smells.  OH THE SMELLS!  As the wort boils, there’s not much to do but sit around and drink a few beers with your friends (Ok, maybe *that’s* my favorite part of homebrewing) and the smells that waft through the air as the ingredients blend together are just heavenly.  We brewed in a huge warehouse and the whole place was filled with the sweet smell of boiling wort.  It’s like baking fresh bread, only better because it’s BEER.

More About Brewing the Brutal Homebrew Kit…