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A very beery Christmas haul

December 30, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer Gear, Homebrew, Oddities

Santa was good to me this Christmas and got me plenty of beer-related goodies. Thanks to my parents and Craig and Faye for filling my stocking with the gifts below.

Beer for the Year calendar - 2012Soon to be on my desk at work, it’s a “365 Bottles of Beer for the Year” calendar.

RefractometerA specific gravity refractometer from Rebel Brewer that allows you to take quick readings when brewing. It’s a must-have for homebrewers.

Beer opener ringYep, it’s a ring with a built-in bottle opener. Unfortunately, it’s a size 15 ring, and my hands aren’t that big. If you’re in Memphis and have giant hands, it’s yours.

Christmas beersA nice selection of beers from Trader Joe’s – Josephs Brau Winterfest, 2011 Vintage Ale and Mission Street India Pale Ale. I plan to toast the new year with these brews.

Beers of the World bookThis book is full of color photos and descriptions of beers from around the globe. Even better are the interesting and sometimes humorous recommended food pairings, such as trying Milwaukee’s Best with curries or Leinekugel’s Red Lager with pancakes.

What did you get for Christmas? Leave a comment below.

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8 Comments to “A very beery Christmas haul”


  1. Great Score! Although I always thought the pairing with Milwaukee’s Beast was cigarettes.

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  2. Refractometer is is the best simple upgrade to your system you can make! So much better than using hydrometer!

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  3. Nice!

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  4. curious – did the Trader Joe’s Vintage ale come from TN? I figured they can’t carry it in TN due to the wacky abv laws here

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  5. jack elgin says:

    i too have collected beer memoriabilia..i worked at FALSTAFF BREWING CORP. in GALVESTON TEXAS i the 1980’s.and i have some of the original items from the brewery itself . i turned my 3 car garage into a tavern style mancave.. IM not a dealer, I collect for personal enjoyment….DOyou still have that bottle opener ring,to give away..ive never seen one,but id like to have it ….. thanks…JACK ELGIN 4206 CHISHOLM TRAIL SANTA FE TEXAS 77510

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