Give a gift that gets better with age.
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To make amends, and to aid my fellow beer geeks, I’m here to help.
A new and growing trend is vintage beer. Yep, there are certain beers that can develop and improve (much like a fine wine) after a few years in the cellar. One of the best examples is barley wine, both English (like Avery Samael’s Ale or Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot) and American (like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot or Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale). While these ales pack a boozy punch when young, a year or two melds that heat into sweet notes of caramel, amaretto, and dried fruits like raisins and figs.
So this year when you’re holiday shopping for the beer geek on your list, just pop into your favorite bottle shop and ask for a bomber (wine bottle–sized) of their finest barley wine. A note attached saying “This is to add to your beer cellar” is sure to impress.