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Holiday gifts for the local craft-beer lover 

click to enlarge New Orleans-themed beer items.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

New Orleans-themed beer items.

The holiday season is upon us and it's time to think about gifts for beer-obsessed friends and family. Here are some local craft beer-themed items that will make holiday shopping a breeze.

  Beer is a good gift, especially when it's a special offering like Parish Brewing's 2014 Grand Reserve, which was released recently in limited quantities. It's available at Stein's Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; Every 750-milliliter bottle is sealed with wax and is numbered and labeled by hand. Stein's also has a good selection of Belgian beers.

  Local breweries offer a variety of logo merchandise. NOLA Brewing's (3001 Tchoupitoulas St, 504-301-0117; shop is open every day and its newest item is a winter-appropriate blue zipper hoodie ($50), available in extra-large sizes. A hop leaf graphic on the back is optional.

 Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; offers some merchandise online, but to get the specialty stuff, a trip to the brewery is necessary. Owner Cari Caramonta says people love giving the $20 bullet bottle opener, and 15 percent of profits benefit veterans' charities.

  Check out the Great Raft Brewing ( website to find posters of the gorgeous graphics found on the brewery's specialty beer bottles: At Arms Length, All My Tomorrows, Grace and Grit and the newest one, Creature of Habit Coffee Brown.

 Cajun Fire Brewing Co. ( beer isn't available yet, but people can support the New Orleans brewery by buying a founder's T-shirt. Once it finds a location, the design will be discontinued. Get it while you can.

  Another gift to consider is New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing by Jeremy Labadie and Argyle Wolf-Knapp, which was released in March. Labadie and Wolf-Knapp delve into the beer history of New Orleans, once known as the brewing capital of the South, and look at its current state and future.

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