Bottlemark Gift Certificate
If they're anything like me, your favorite homebrewer probably has some fantasy of owning his or her own brewery. Thus, every air of legitimacy that wafts over their mini-brewing operation provides an odd sense of satisfaction. Bottlemark makes high quality, well-priced custom bottle caps with no minimum order for the homebrewer. The end product looks great, arrives quickly, and is inexpensive enough to warrant the luxury. Gift certificates available online.
Spiegelau's Beer Connoisseur Gift Set
We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Glassware makes a great gift. Spiegelau's set of beer glasses are elegant and functional, and even the most glassware-addicted beer geeks can find room in their collection for these. Don't worry if they've already got a set of these glasses—duplicates are perfect for guests and the accident-prone. Available online, around $60.
Moleskine Passion Beer Journal
Beer journals are a dorky but super effective method for learning more about beer, exploring what's in your glass, and organizing your beery thoughts. Moleskine's is the best I've seen, with the sturdy construction for which the company is known, and detailed sections for taking notes on specific beers, breweries, and recipes. It falls a little short on the fact that there's only room for 40 beer reviews, so it may be worth buying two or three for your favorite beer lover. Available online, around $15.
I'm a big fan of homemade gifts, on both the giving and receiving side of things. Beer mustard is easy to make and fun to tailor to your personal taste. Try this recipe using your giftee's favorite beer (you don't need to stick to dark beer!). Bonus points for using homebrew.
Gift Certificate to an Out-of-State Shop
Buying beer for a discerning drinker can be a scary prospect, especially if you aren't as knowledgeable (or obsessed) as they are. Let them make the decision. If the receiver's state allows out-of-state beer shipments, buying a gift certificate to an out-of-state beer store that ships is a great way to give them a chance to try beers they can't normally get. I've had good experiences ordering Bell's and Boulevard beer from Missouri's Wine and Cheese Place, Cigar City's beer from Florida's Lueken's Big Town Liquors, and can strongly recommend the nearby K&L Wine Merchants for out-of-staters to get tasty California beers. Again, state regulations vary, so make sure to check if a store will ship to the giftee's state before buying a gift certificate. Here's a nice round-up of who will ship where.
A Really Good Wine Key
Wine, you say? Even the snobbiest grape-shunning beer fan will appreciate a good wine key—not only will it open the occasional "my neighbors really don't understand me but I'll be polite at my own dinner party" wine bottle, but it will also tackle tricky capped 'n' corked beers from the likes of Cantillon or Fantome with ease. Pick one with a good bottle cap opener, and this gift will be sure to find a permanent place on the receiver's home bar. Beautiful examples like this one have form and function at a stocking-stuffer price.