Image credit: Keith Neltner/Brewery District CURC
Christmas is drawing nigh, so we found six gifts you can pick up at local tap rooms and businesses—no overnight shipping necessary. Besides, you look like you could use a beer.
1. Revival Mural Print
Guarantee your spot on the nice list with this 20″ x 30″ limited-edition print (shown above). If the design looks familiar, maybe you’ve seen the original ArtWorks mural at 131 E. McMicken Street in Over-the-Rhine or the murals inside Halfcut Bottle Shop, both the unmistakable work of Keith Neltner, who individually numbered, embossed, and signed each of the prints. Bonus: Proceeds benefit the Brewing Heritage Trail. $75-85, brewingheritagetrail.com
2. Blank Slate Glassware Set
Please, no more pint glasses. Or at least no more 16-ounce shaker glasses, named so because they were originally used to shake cocktails, not drink beer. Instead, pick up this trio from Blank Slate Brewery Company, which includes a 14 oz. Willi Becher glass (the standard in Germany), 13-ounce tulip glass, and 4-ounce Belgian-style tasting glass, AKA the cutest little bulbous tasting glass that ever was. $14.50 (available at tap room only), blankslatebeer.com
3. MadTree Hydro Flask
Leave it to the dudes at MadTree to give the standard brown glass growler a rugged makeover. This stainless steel, vacuum-insulated flask holds the same amount of beer as the usual 64-ouncer, but keeps that sweet brew cold for up to 24 hours. And we love the matte black coloring. (Don’t worry, food babes—it’s BPA free too.) $50, madtreebrewing.com
4. Cincy Winter Beer Fest Tickets
Why give a few bottles of beer when you can give more than 350? Cincy Winter Beer Fest at the Duke Energy Convention Center (February 13-14) is actually a fundraiser for the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation, which puts on concerts at public elementary schools and helps students get instruments. And who doesn’t want to drink to that? $40-95, cincybeerfest.com
5. League of Extraordinary Chickow!s Membership
Triple Digit Brewing Co. occasionally releases variants on their CHICKOW! hazelnut double brown ale, but bottles can be hard to come by. Their new beer club guarantees members four bottles of exclusive Chickow! variations (Irish cream, bourbon barreled, Maple, and a fourth voted on by leaguers). One-year membership also includes a glass, t-shirt and special growler fills of draft-only Chickow!s. $100, tripledigitbrewing.com
6. Prohibition Resistance Tour Tickets
Cincinnati Brewery Tours offers their bock (2.5 hours) and dopplebock (1 hour) tours just once a year as part of Bockfest (March 6-8), when they take you inside Over-the-Rhine’s historic breweries and then under them to the lagering cellars below. Tuck the tickets inside a copy of “When Beer Was King” by local historian and author Michael Morgan for the ultimate nerd-out gift. $15, cincinnatibrewerytours.com
Don’t forget the stockings! Stuff ’em with plush gear from local breweries, like the slope-ready pom beanie from Fifty West or Truth koozie from Rhinegeist. We know your fur baby has a stocking too, so stop by Rivertown for some Brewhaus Dog Bones, made by a non-profit bakery in Clermont County that provides vocational training for young adults with disabilities.