There are so many reasons why a beer gift is the perfect choice this Christmas... well, certainly for people who like beer!
When you buy someone a beer you're not only suggesting to them that they take some time out, relax and maybe even share it with someone; you're also supporting the British economy and loads of small businesses.
There are over 2,000 independent, small breweries in the UK now and every time you buy a beer you're supporting another 21 jobs. From the farmer growing the malt to the DHL driver carefully dropping off your box. They all benefit.
Buying British is also more environmentally friendly as none of our products travel great distances, reducing carbon footprint compared to beers shipped in from further afield.
But which Christmas beer gift to choose? Well, it depends on your budget and who you're buying for. I've listed my top 10 best sellers below.
- The Craft Beer Box Set: IPA Collection
At just £27.50 for 8 beers in a gorgeous gift box the Craft Beer Box Set is easily my favourite gift. When you first look at it, it's not immediately apparent what it is and I do love a reveal.
The gift box is designed to look like a collection of books and it even has some beery puns, but on opening you discover 8 x 330ml craft beers. You can even
choose the style of beer you prefer.
Perfect for anyone who loves a more contemporary beer, appreciates good packaging and maybe even loves a good boxset. Netflix and chilled beer?
2. 12 Beers of Christmas
Limited edition, festive ranges of food and drink always make it more of an event and this collection has become a bit of a tradition amongst our customers.
Each Christmas Beer case contains 12 x 500ml Festive Ales, specially brewed just for the season. At £35.95 they are under £3 per bottle and there is such a variety. 12 different brewers and a range of styles from strong, dark winter ales to hoppy pales that will go beautifully with your turkey. Not everyone that visits at Christmas will want a stronger drink so this is a perfect way to top up the drinks cabinet and make sure you have a good variety in store. The Christmassy names make fab ideas for place settings as well.
3. Christmas Beer Crate
Another great idea for a new tradition. The Best of British Christmas Crate. For just £44.50 you get the handmade rustic pine beer crate and 9 x 500ml limited edition festive beers. Each year, you can bring your Christmas crate out and fill it with new beers. It's also great for storing decorations as the dividers just slip out.
4. The Ultimate! Beer for a Year Subscription Club
We have so many ways in which you can regularly get a case of new beers to discover, but the Beer for a Year outsells all of them put together. Quite simply you choose 4 dates, the style of beer and then just sit back and wait for the compliments. Boom! You've covered Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries Father's Day...all in 1 gift
5. Pub in a Box
It can be hard to get round everyone at Christmas and if you've been struggling to meet up with someone for a drink why not send them a beer! Based on one of our favourite local country pubs, the Inside Inn contains all you need for the at home pub experience: Beer, Tasting notes, Pub Quiz, Beer mats. We've even included a pub dog on the side of the box. All for the price of a couple of rounds.
6. Christmas Beer 3 Pack
For just £13.50, this Christmas gift box containing 3 x 500ml beers is perfect as a little thank you gift or a secret santa. It will be a mix of limited edition, festive brews, all designed to complement seasonal food.
7. Award Winners Collection
Year after year, this is our best selling collection of beers. A wide mix of styles from cool hoppy pale ales to deep, dark stouts. The Award Winners contains 12 x 500ml Independently brewed beers with a Best of British Beer Glass included to make it the perfect beer gift for just £38.50
All the beers have won significant awards from industry bodies such as Camra and the Society of Independent Brewers.
8. The Craft Beer Collection
For the less traditional beer drinkers, the Craft Beer 12 pack is a hand picked collection of more contemporary, generally hoppier beers. All 330mls so just a slurp over a half, if variety is your thing and like me you'd like a couple of different beers rather than a pint this is a perfect selection...and less than £30 it's great value.
9. Lager 6 pack
Lager is the German word for storage and to be a proper lager it really should be stored for 4 weeks, something you're not going to get with the standard mass produced lagers. The lagers in our Craft Lager 6 pack have all been produced in small batches and lagered to allow flavour to develop but at the same time produce a crisp, clear brew. Treat a lager drinker with this artisan six pack. At just under £20 it's the perfect stocking filler.
10. Cider 12 Pack
Quite scarily, cider only has to have 13% fruit content ( which can be from syrups) to be classed as a cider. Well, not the cider we use! Using only apples and maybe a little yeast or added sugar, we only stock cider from craft producers that don't mess around with the ingredients. A good mix of new producers and farmers with six generations of heritage, there is a lot of experience and time goes into the ciders in this 12 pack collection. Perfect for any cider aficianado as it contains 12 different ciders.