You might be surprised to know that Georgia is actually very craft beer friendly. There are several local brewers including Atlanta Brewing Company, Terrapin, and Sweetwater. I myself am a hop lover, so I gravitate toward IPAs whenever I have the opportunity.
But whether you’d rather sip a stout, wheat, IPA, or other, there is a lot of great gear out there these days to let you or your loved ones show their craft beer enthusiasm (and since December is also the month of Repeal Day, the timing is quite perfect). Here are some of my picks (along with local highlights):
1 I can’t help but want to put this beer soap in the guest bathroom. Just to make it fun. And especially because it comes in an assorted six pack (natch).
2. If handmade gifts are your thing, consider this salted chocolate stout truffles recipe from The Beeroness. I can attest to how delicious beer-infused ganache is after my beer tour in Germany. Those rauchbier truffles are still on my mind!
3. Beer ice cream – a local duo in Atlanta has started their own ice cream business. The twist? It’s made using the most delicious and ice-cream-worthy craft beer they can find. I am obsessed with this stuff. I discovered them last year at the Decatur Craft Beer Festival and basically stalked their opening at a local craft beer store. According to the owners, their first batch was by accident at a friend’s barbecue. After running out of traditional ice cream ingredients, someone suggested using craft beer to add a little flavor. The result was delicious and the beginning of the original flavor – Vanilla Bock. The rest of their recipes and flavors come as a result of a lot of trial and error. I think the idea is brilliant, and currently have two pints in my freezer at home. My favorite flavors? The original Vanilla Bock and Brown Ale Chip. Yum! Sorry to disappoint you non-Atlanta residents – they aren’t selling outside of Georgia yet but hope to soon.
4. Blue agate coasters add a punch of color to the bar.
5. Many beer enthusiasts have a favorite, but love to sample. This reusable leather six pack is perfect for picking up new seasonals from a bottle market or brewery.
Of course, you could also go with actual beer :) And be sure to wrap your gifts with some appropriate themed wrapping paper!