Hoppy Holidays: The Toronto Craft Beer 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Hoppy Holidays: The Toronto Craft Beer Holiday Gift Guide

By Anna Fischer What do you get for that person in your life who just really loves beer?  Besides the obvious (Beer! Start by buying all of the beer!), Toronto has lots to offer. Here are five great gift ideas to get you started. If you’re the craft beer person, great! All you have to do is send the link to this list to your loved ones, and you’re good to go.

Back a New Craft Brewery

Ontario’s craft beer scene is exploding right now, so why not get in on the action? By backing the crowdfunding efforts of a brand new brewery, you’ll get access to cool beer perks, and you’ll give the gift of supporting craft beer in your community.  It’s like you win 'the satisfaction of a job well done' AND beer. Henderson Brewing Company, for example, is currently crowdfunding to open in Toronto’s West end.

Brewery Swag

This could look like lots of things: hats, shirts, bottle openers, etc. Find out where your friend likes to pick up their beer, and start there. My picks would be the artsy sweatshirts from Bellwoods Brewery, the giant #1 Fan foam hand from Left Field Brewing, or a Boneshaker snap-back from Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Take a Brewery Tour

Maybe you know someone who’s dying to see how their favourite brews are made? Amsterdam Brewing Co., Steam Whistle, and Left Field Brewing all offer tours. Prices and schedules vary, so be sure to double check their websites.

Grab Tickets to a Beer Event

Beer events are a great way to sample lots of different brews, and to chat with the brewers who made them. Toronto has too many festivals and events to list here, but I find that the good folks over at the Ontario Beer Network do a great job updating their online calendar.

Actual Beer

I know, right? What an original thought. But don’t just hit up the LCBO. This winter, visit a bottle shop to pick up a clutch of unique, seasonal brews that you may never have heard of before. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.

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