Looking for the perfect present for the beer lover in your life? Here’s the lowdown on the best in the North East…
For something different to drink
Bespoke Beer Hampers Coppers at Gosforth
The fantastic team at Coppers can put together a hamper for every beer lovers needs – just let them know the type of thing you’re after and your budget. Gift packs and hampers are available all year round, if you’re ever stuck for birthday/anniversary ideas, too!
Royal Sovereign Barley Wine Cullercoats Brewery
This vintage 2015 bottle gets the thumbs-up here at CBN HQ. Available from: Independent off-licences / Fenwicks / Cullercoats Brewery (cases only). Also worth an honorable mention are the limited edition bottles of Sea Dog #02 – available in early December.
Can Gift Packs Nord Bottle Shop
Take a trip to Whitley Bay (check out The Dog & Rabbit whilst you’re there), and pick up some can gift packs from the Nord team. Growler fills also available, if you spy something on tap you want more of.
Build Your Own Gift Packs CentrAle
Take advantage of the pick ‘n’ mix option at CentrAle, and choose a gift box to fill with cans or bottles of your choice.
Having a party?
Growler fills are available in most North East bottle shops
Shuggy Boat Blonde / Watch House Winter Warmer Mini Kegs Cullercoats Brewery
Available from: Boda Home.
Neck Oil Cans (24 x 330ml), £57.25, Champion Bottles & Taps
A firm favourite, and great for something tasty to drink over Xmas and New Year! High Wire Grapefruit and Gamma Ray cases are also available. Buy online here (collection from Champion Bottles & Taps).
For book lovers
The Great North East Brewery Guide, £15, Alastair Gilmour
A comprehensive guide to the breweries in the North East. Available from: Waterstones / WH Smith / The 35 breweries in the guide.
For merch fiends
T-Shirts + Tote Bags Champion Bottles & Taps
The Heaton bottle shop has recently expanded into a tap room, and their brand new merch is a great way to support local businesses this xmas! Available from: Champion Bottles & Taps (Gift vouchers are also available here).
Aprons, £13.95, Block and Bottle
T-shirts are also on their way soon, and you can also get gift vouchers to use in both parts of the shop. Available from: Block and Bottle, and online here.
Craft Beer Newcastle Goodies Beer Merch Store
New for 2017, check out the CBN merch – the store is updated regularly, with new hoodies, caps, beanies, and phone cases. Order online by 14th December to ensure arrival before Xmas.
To get you out of the house
Visit the Brewery Shop, £free entry, The Durham Brewery
Pay a visit to Durham Brewery’s bar and shop, and pick up some great bottles, glasses, gift packs, and other merch whilst you’re there. Open until 6.30pm on Fridays throughout December, too. More info here.
Anarchy Brew Co. X Exile Cycles, £free entry, DAT Bar
Wednesday 13th December sees the launch of Anarchy’s gluten-free beer at DAT bar, in collaboration with Russell Mitchell and Exile Cycles – more info here.
Christmas Bash, £free entry, Flash House Brewing Company
Fancy doing something on Xmas Eve Eve? Head over to North Shields and check out Flash House’s brewery and tap room from 2pm – 10pm. More info here. Can’t make it? Don’t worry – the tap room is also open every other Saturday for all of your beery needs.
Sour Beer Tasting, £21.31, Champion Bottles & Taps
#Tryanuary is a great time to try something new, and Champion have the sour and wild beer bases covered with a great tasting event in their tap room on Thursday 18th January. Tickets are limited, so snaffle yours quick from here.
For more events on now and up next, check out the events page here.
Got something beery you think should be included in the gift guide? Drop me an email!