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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Spreading holiday cheers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

click to enlarge New Orleans beer-themed gifts.
  • New Orleans beer-themed gifts.

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, but a special offering available now is Parish Brewing’s 2014 Grand Reserve, which was recently released 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 hand numbered and labeled. Stein's also has a good selection of Belgian beers.

Local breweries offer a wide 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. Hop leaf graphic on the back is optional.

Gnarly Barley Brewing (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 “because you don't have to worry about sizes and it’s unique. Plus, 15 percent of profits benefit veteran 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. 

Cajun Fire beer isn't available yet, but people can support the 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 this year. 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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