Last-minute gifts make it easy to buy for beer geeks

Beer geeks might be the easiest people to shop for at the holidays.
Presents come in multiples — a four-pack, a six-pack, even a case. But beer lovers tend to want to pick out their own variety of brew. Maybe it’s better to stick with an add-on, say a selection of fancy beer glasses. There are those who say beer tastes better in the right glass.
A six-pack of sweet home Milwaukee glasses

If fancy isn’t how your beer aficionado rolls, there’s a selection a little closer to home. Among the most popular gifts sold at Milwaukee Brewing Co., is a package of six limited-edition Milwaukee Brewing pint glasses, each with a different view of the Milwaukee skyline.
The glasses are typically only available on tours, said director of sales Michael Christensen but come gift boxed this time of year. The price is $25.
Beer in an elegant growler

Mike Brenner used to own an art gallery so you know he has a strong sense of style. Brenner Brewing Co., sells regular glass growlers, single-walled stainless steel growlers, double-walled stainless steel growlers and keepsake ceramic growlers. Prices range from $6 for the glass growler to $89 for the ceramic versions. Filling one with Brenner beer typically costs $9.
Owner Mike Brenner suggests adding on 6 to 12 growler fills on a gift certificate.
A home brew kit
Surly Brewing Co., owner Omar Ansari tells the story of how a home brew kit from his then-girlfriend put him on the path to owning his own brewery. Ansari is about to open a $30 million brewery this month and has plans to distribute in Wisconsin next year.
Home brewing kits are available at Northern Brewer, 1306 S. 108th St., West Allis.
A one-gallon small batch starter kit costs $49.
An entire beer farm

Dave’s Brewfarm in Wilson went up for sale in October. The deal includes a seven-barrel brewing system and four primary fermenters, three conditioning/bright tanks and a mini-farm.
The price tag is $500,000.

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