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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Local Beer Enthusiasts

Holiday shopping can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know what to get someone. The good news is we’ve got some ideas here at for the beer loving folks in your life. Here are some ideas for you to ponder as the time winds down.

Fulton Gift Pack
Fulton Beer, Red Table Meats, and The Lone Grazer Creamery have teamed up to bring you some fantastic snacks and beer to go, just in time for the holidays. For those of you who haven’t tried anything from either Red Table or The Lone Grazer, you are missing out. The set includes two Fulton pint glasses, a growler of beer, salami, and a wheel of cheese.
If you really want to impress someone, go with Worthy Adversary for your growler fill and they will love you forever. If that’s not your thing, you can’t go wrong with the Lonely Blonde. This took home Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival and should be in your fridge on the regular. Pick this set up at the Fulton taproom before they sell out. $50

Fair State Membership
Fair State Brewing is the Minneapolis cooperative brewery that has been making waves since they opened up shop just over a year ago. Now’s the time to get someone in on the fun by gifting them a membership. This gift will go a long way in that they will receive voting rights, happy hours, a free anniversary pint, and the biggest benefit….priority access to special releases. Their special bottle releases have really been a hit and as you probably know, they sell out fast. At the very least this would give your special friend or family member an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy a tasty local brew. Lifetime membership $200

Have a friend who has tried about every beer you can think of? Ha! There’s no way they have, and to prove it you should get them tickets to Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest coming up on March 12th at the Minnesota History Center. Here they will find the some of the rarest brews from some of the most respected breweries around the country. Here is the lineup from last year to give you a taste. $100

Land of Amber Waters
Got a history buff in your circle? Doug Hoverson’s Land of Amber Waters is the best record of the history of brewing here in Minnesota. This is still the best reference manual about the local suds that have been brewed over the years first published in 2007. One of the most impressive things about this written record are the illustrations of breweriana (yes, that’s a word) from around the state. This is one gift that should be on the coffee table of any Minnesota beer aficionado. $40

Lift Bridge Gift

If you are looking for a simple gift idea for a reasonable price, you might want to go with this gift pack from Lift Bridge Brewing. It includes a koozie, an empty growler, a key chain bottle opener, and a $15 gift card which is to be used to fill the growler with the beer of their choice. Pick this gift set up at their brewery which is located in Stillwater. $35
Also please remember to shop local whenever possible. There are many local merchants out there trying to feed their families.



  1. Uptown MN says:

    Woah don’t forget the Adam Turman MN Months Pint Glasses! Check them out right here:

  2. Brenda says:

    What do you think about brewpub memberships? I’ve been thinking about getting one for my husband because he loves going to breweries and enjoys trying out new local beers. I have been trying to decide between Fair State and Broken Clock and it has been tough. Fair State is $50 more than Broken Clock’s membership, but they are established and have their own building. Broken Clock sounds like they are up and coming, so it would be easier to be a big fish in that community.

    I haven’t talked to my husband about either option in particular because I want it to be a surprise, but I am not sure which, if either, will give the best experience.

    Do you have any advice on this?

    1. ryan says:

      Hi Brenda-
      Right now my money is on Fair State. They’re established and have a solid location. That means your gift is ready to roll right away. Broken Clock (as far as I can tell from their Facebook and other social posts) is working on building capital. They may end up being pretty great, but at this point I know Fair State beer is very good!


      Ryan (A)

  3. Connor says:

    Make sure you also check out the Northern Ale Guide! Get information and BOGO Beer at a ton of MN breweries. I’ve bought a couple as Christmas gifts for family

    Check it out:

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