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The LA Beer 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

We’re a little late for the 12 days of Christmas as Santa will soon suit up and head to a chimney near you.

With that in mind… Have you taken care of all the beer-loving gents and gals on your list? Have you picked up stuffers for those stockings?

If not, we’ve got some last-minute gift ideas for you from our friends in the greater Los Angeles craft beer community.

If there’s any that we missed, please feel free to share in the comments! And it goes without saying that your local neighborhood brewery could use your support now more than ever. So if you’re in the holiday spirit or just thirsty — drop in, grab a couple of your favorite brews and a gift card, and show your support!

Now… on with the gift guide!

Hopped LA’s Holiday Hop Box

We can’t put together a holiday beer gift guide without mentioning our own Holiday Hop Box. This extremely limited release features 8 awesome beers from 8 Los Angeles breweries, all curated by Hopped LA. We’re also including a brand new exclusive t-shirt design and access to a live virtual tasting of all 8 beers plus a link to the video replay. The boxes will be delivered to your door the last week of December before New Years’. Available for LA County addresses only.

Priced at $99. Purchase online here.

Ambitious Ales Central Perk Pack

Our friends at Ambitious Ales in Long Beach have thrown together a limited edition gift set just in time for Christmas. This set includes:

  • 4-pack of Central Perk (a blonde brewed with coffee and vanilla beans)
  • Central Perk Roast Coffee Beans – Single-origin Guatemala Punta Del Cerro coffee beans exclusively roasted by Rose Park Roasters. The actual beans used in the beer above!
  • Ambitious Ales black enameled steel coffee mug (12 oz.)

The set comes in a beautifully packaged box, priced at $50, perfect for any coffee or beer lover! Purchase online here.

Ticket to Fresh Year Fresh Beer Fest (Virtual Festival)

The first virtual beer festival of 2021 drops just a few weeks into the New Year on January 16, and it’s one you won’t want to miss! Nine of the area’s finest breweries are participating in this event, with guided tastings, music, trivia, and more! Grab a friend and split it or settle into your couch and go for it on your own. Totally your call!

Ticket packages start at $49.99. Purchase tickets online here.

Smog City Vintage Wood Cellar Holiday Pack

Smog City Brewery has the perfect gift set for the avid beer collector. The sit includes (1) 2016 Bourbon O.E., (1) Cuddlebug V3, and (1) 2016 The Nothing from Smog’s stellar beer cellar. They only made 24 sets so act fast!

Priced at $38. Purchase online here.

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. Beer For Life

Not a typo! MacLeod in Van Nuys really does sell a beer for life package as part of its Founders Club. If this spot is your favorite neighborhood brewery and you don’t see that changing anytime soon, it might just be a worthy investment. Just 30 slots available for ALL THE BEERS!

Priced at $2,499 beer for life OR $999 beer for a year. Purchase online here.

The 2020 LA Brewers Shirt

Our very own Hopped LA 2020 tee shows love for all of the breweries in the area (101 of them, to be exact). This is our best shirt yet if we do say so ourselves! Help show some love for Los Angeles independent craft beer.

Priced at $30. Purchase online here.

Hop Merchants 12 Beers of Christmas Box

The clever guys and gals at Hop Merchants Bottle Shop & Taproom in North Hollywood have put together a 12 Beers of Christmas Box filled with tasty brews hand-selected by The Merchants. You get 4 light/lager-style, 4 dark, and 4 hoppy beers to help you through the holidays. It’s not too late but the quantity is limited!

Priced at $65. You can purchase online here.

The Bruery 12 Days of Christmas Collection

Yes, yes, The Bruery is in Orange County, but they have so many holiday beer specials going we had to share. And honestly, it’s too many different packs and bottles to even share here so go check out their holiday collection and order some of the best beers around!

Price varies depending on the pack. Purchase online here.

Long Beach Beer Lab Lab Rat Memberships

Long Beach standout, Long Beach Beer Lab, has two membership offerings: Subject group Alpha and Beta. Alpha lands at $300 and comes with a bit more SWAG than Beta, but both deliver some great value to LBBL loyalists. It’s the gift that keeps giving all year! (And while you’re there, get some goodies from their incredible in-house bakery.)

Priced from $200-300. Purchase online here.

Modern Times Donate A Coffee To A Frontline Nurse Program

Yes, the fine folks at Modern Times also have a slew of holiday gifts from coffee sets to playing cards, but in the spirit of giving, we wanted to highlight their stellar nurse donation program. Simply add a cold brew to your cart, and Modern Times will deliver it to nurses on the frontlines. Fuel them up with cold brew to help them save lives!

Priced at $5. Purchase online here.

El Segundo Brewing 2020 Christmas Shirt

El Segundo’s 2020 Christmas shirt features a fun design drawn by artist Damian Fulton. A great brewery tee to break out on Christmas for years to come! And yes — we highly recommend ordering some brew while you’re at it!

Priced at $22. Purchase online here.

Common Space Holiday Packages

You’ve got a few options here from our friends at Common Space in Hawthorne! It starts with the Stocking Stuffer package, featuring a build-your-own 4-pack, a beer short storybook, and a stem glass. The Holiday Taster package features two build-your-own 4-packs and a “Local Beer Tastes Better” glass. And the big one — the 12 Days of Christmas package gives you 12 days of gift-wrapped beers and surprises.

Priced from $35 and up. Purchase online here.

Congregation Ales Drawing For A 6-Liter St. Bernardus Bottle

Be the stuff of legends when you bring home a whopper of a beer, just by ordering beer. What? Huh? Let us explain. Order to-go from Congregation Ales and you’ll gain entry to a drawing for a 6-liter St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. Order a regular size bottle, and gain three entries! If you’re already thirsty, what have you got to lose?

Pricing starts at whatever your takeout order comes to. Order online here.

Lincoln Beer Co. Holiday Mixed Tasting Case

Grab some of our favorite offerings from Burbank’s Lincoln Beer Co. in this mixed holiday tasting case. You get four 4-packs of:

  • Railsplitter Red Ale
  • I Got Nibs Chocolate Imperial Stout
  • R&D #3 West Coast IPA
  • R&D #4 Jasmine Rice Ale

Priced at $53. Purchase online here.

Stocking Stuffers

If your local or favorite brewery isn’t on the list, consider dropping in for stocking stuffers or some sudsy merch for the beer lover on your gift list. Ask for items like:

  • stickers
  • buttons and pins
  • ornaments
  • coasters
  • glassware
  • openers
  • keychains
  • socks
  • tees
  • hats/beanies
  • etc.

And of course, you can never go wrong with a gift card!

With enough good cheer and good beer, we’ll all make it through this holiday season. Happy shopping!

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