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The Single Best Holiday Gift for the Beer Nerd in Your Life

Beer Nerd Christmas Tree Ornament

I hate holiday gift guides. A lot. They suck. Or most of them do at least. I don’t care whether they’re focused on gadgets, clothing, media or beer, most of them consist of a bunch of cliché crap thrown together by lazy writers, often in the form of “slide shows” to maximize page-view traffic.

Here’s the only gift suggestion you need for your special beer nerd: Buy beer. Good beer. Beer they probably wouldn’t buy on their own, because it’s too expensive or because they’d have to order it from a far off land, like Belgium. And buy them the appropriate beer glass to drink it from. That’s it.

Is your beer nerd an IPA-crazed hop head? Buy him/her one of the beers on this list, and a glass from the brewer—not a shaker pint if at all possible. If your beer geek loves sour brews, buy one of the beers on this list and wrap it up all purty like, along with a fancy schmancy glass. Do a little research, find the best beer store or liquor store that sells beer in your area, and buy a bottle of something special. Or do a search for Belgian/German/whatever beer online. Etc. Etc.

I admit, this post was written in jest…sort of. But I’m also dead serious. I’m a class-A beer nerd, and the best (beer-related) present I could get from my significant other would be a bottle of Cantillon, any Cantillon, and a Cantillon glass. (I’d really love a new Mercedes, but we all know that ain’t fucking happening, sooooo….)

Forget those silly bottle openers and tshirts and shit. Good, special beer is the best gift a beer nerd can receive this holiday season.


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Today is National Drink Beer Day…But What the Hell is National Drink Beer Day?

Beer Bottles on a shelf

Today is supposedly National Drink Beer Day—NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!

Sounds great, right? But do beer nerds and brew aficionados really need another excuse to drink good beer on a Friday? No, we don’t.

So what the hell is National Drink Beer Day, anyway?

I can’t seem to find any sort of “official” reference to National Drink Beer Day, and therefore, I have no idea who decided that September 28 should get the honor of being a beer holiday. Nor can I tell if this is the first year we’re celebrating National Drink Beer Day. For all I know, Anheuser-Busch or one of the other Wal-Marts of the beer world came up with the idea.

It’s worth noting that International Drink Beer Day has its own website, and it was held last month on August 5. It was organized by “two guys, dedicated to uniting the world in celebration of beer.” And the website even has a nice little breakdown of the “holiday:”

The purpose of IBD is threefold:

  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
  2. To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
  3. To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.

I can find no such information on National Drink Beer Day, so I’m calling bullshit on the whole shebang. But you know what? I’ll still be drinking a beer today. And you should too. Cheers.


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