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The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers, According to Brewers and Beer Lovers

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

If you have someone in your life who really loves beer, you probably want to aim higher than gifting them a six-pack or one of those “funny” beer accessories like a helmet with two straws. To help find the stuff they’ll truly appreciate and enjoy — we’re talking special glasses, beautiful openers, coffee-table books that will pass on beer knowledge, and more — we consulted a group of brewers and brewmasters, beer writers, and beer nerds. If you have a general idea of what you want to buy, you can head straight to coolers, glassware, openers, other accessories, or books. If not, start scrolling to peruse the whole list.


Yeti coolers, which we’ve deemed the best coolers on the market, are beloved by pretty much anyone who uses them for their virtual indestructibility and the fact that they keep food and drinks (and ice!) cold for literal hours on end. Which is why we were not surprised when Jesse Ferguson, the founder and brewmaster at Interboro Spirits and Ales, told us this Yeti cooler would make an impressive gift for a beer lover who needs to keep their brews ice cold. “This is great for the traveling beer geek,” he says. “Fill it with cans and bottles and check it on your way home from your trip visiting new breweries.” The rugged soft-side cooler has a wide-mouth opening with ultrastrong magnets to keep it closed, as well as top handles, a shoulder strap, leak-proof liner, and a shell that’s resistant to mildew, punctures, and UV rays. It can hold up to 20 cans of beer or 28 pounds of ice.

If the beer lover in your life is more of a stay-in-place kind of person (maybe their fridge is bursting at the seams with bottles and they need extra storage, or maybe they just like to have a lot of options when they host), consider a hard Yeti cooler. Again, Yeti is a no-fail; even James Murphy, the owner of the restaurant and wine bar Four Horsemen in Williamsburg (and LCD Soundsystem front man), stands by Yeti. “Nothing ever gets warm in there,” he says. “It’s bonkers.”

Pelican Cooler Sling

For beer lovers who wait in line outside their favorite breweries on a weekly basis, Matt Monahan, co-founder of cult favorite Other Half Brewing Company, recommends a Dayventure beer cooler from Pelican. “This company makes amazing, high-quality coolers that match up every bit to the competitors and then some,” he says. “This cooler in particular fits 4 packs of 16oz cans perfectly.”