What do you get the lush and bon vivant who has everything? If you’re thirsty for ideas, we’re here to help: Swine & Swill is proud to present its first-ever holiday gift guide! In the next several paragraphs, you’ll find recommendations for cool, quirky and just plain outstanding presents for those who love spirits, beer and booze-oriented tools, for all kinds of budget levels. Cheers to a good year of gift-giving! Oh, and keep in mind — most of these make killer gifts to yourself!
Boozy Tools & Miscellany
Want a brew-related gift with a humanitarian bent? Invest in these Pilsner glasses handmade by Latin American artisans and sold through the UNICEF Market. Every purchase here benefits UNICEF programs, so by all means, have a spree! $69.99
For the foodiest dude in your life, this Food-of-the-Month club is the largest such service for men in North America. Each box is packed with artisan foods and instructions for how to serve it. Buy by the month or in three- or six-month packages. $75-$450
AKA, the tool that will render your beer and coffee incredibly awesome. This machine nitros up your drinks, by the glass! I tried to get one of these babies for MY OWN SELFISH PURPOSES a giveaway, to no avail. Get one your own damn self for the beer obsessive in your life. $355, plus $20 for shipping.
It took one year for a small group of Italy’s most talented artisans to build 65 of these cases. If they’re not already sold out (and you can afford one for yourself OR as a gift) it’s pretty freakin’ awesome, with a leather carry case, room for a 750 ml bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, two rocks glasses, an ice bucket and tongs. Wonder if you can open this up mid-flight?? $5,000
If you’re going to invest in bar tools, get ’em from the best! The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim sells a slew of fine accessories through his website. $6 and up.
Who’d a thunk a jacket could support your friend’s drinking habit? This inventive invention does just that, tucking helpful tools in almost every crevice — we’re talking a bottle-opener zipper, a hidden flask pocket and even slip-resistant drinking mitts and a koozie pocket. $84.99
This all-natural soap uses beer instead of water, incorporating hops and barley from microbreweries as an exfoliant. $9 per bar, $36 for a four-soap sampler.
Few things go better with beer or spirits than a plate of charcuterie. This UK-based biz ships a monthly supply of artisanal cured meats from specialty purveyors – the ultimate gift of great taste. The website makes it easy to give to one person or several at once! $55 per month.
File this one under “gifts for yourself”: Bonne O is the first carbonation system that doesn’t need a CO2 tank, and it can put a bit of fizz in anything, from water to spirits to cocktails. $149 for a starter kit.
I first spotted these gorgeous receptacles at Tales of the Cocktail in July – who doesn’t love a shiny cup to drink out of? For each cup you buy, Elyx is providing 140 liters of safe-to-drink water for someone in need. That’s the holiday spirit! $85
Any friend who’s building a bar and/or their home bartending chops will appreciate any of these boozy books as gifts. [Disclosure: The following section contains affiliate links. We earn a percentage of sales if you purchase something using them.]
What to do with moonshine, from a cocktail pro!
Learn the ins and outs of distillation, styles and flavor profiles from this award-winning whiskey writer.
This book highlights a top craft beer from each state in the union — a fantastic compendium for your suds-loving pals.
The executive editor of Imbibe magazine offers an approachable collection of terrific drinks and schools you on how to stock a bar.
Learn how to plumb the depths of your neighborhood farmers market to learn how to create homemade refreshers, including teas, shrubs, tonics and switchels.
The famed Asheville, N.C., smokehouse shares its finger-lickin’ barbecue secrets, with recipes of meats, sides and even desserts. Blueberry-chipotle barbecue sauce, anyone?
More than just a cocktail book, this pretty tome explores the culture surrounding the famed cocktail.
History, myth-busting and – of course – terrific cocktails come together in this pocket-sized book.
Pairing it with food is how I learned to love beer, so I’m keen on this book that helps teach how to match and complement flavors and even provides handy charts to help you couple suds and foods like a pro.
A peek at the history and current renaissance of the classic spirit.
Ryan Chetiyawardana, the master behind award-winning London bars White Lyan and Dandelyan unleashes drops some serious cocktail knowledge, with well-crafted drinks for most every occasion.
This monthly cocktail kit subscription includes everything needed to whip up incredible cocktails. $49.99 ($39.99 for the holidays!)
Peer-pressure your beer-loving friends into ALWAYS filling with Texas beer with this highly suggestive 64-ounce growler from Tumbleweed TexStyles. Texas forever! $24.99
William Grant & Sons Rare Cask Reserves: Ghosted Reserve 26 Year Old
There’re only 4,100 numbered bottles of this whisky made from malts from two defunct distilleries, so get one while the getting’s good; you or your lucky friend may never taste anything like it again. $400
Glenfiddich is the first Speyside distiller to use bourbon casks for its entire maturation process, lending the spirit notes of brown sugar and vanilla. A rare breed, indeed, reflected in its price. $499.99
The new hub of spirits knowledge and merch is offering these sets containing all the components for one incredible cocktail. These super-bespoke craft kits come in flavors from Ultimate Gin & Tonic to a Habañero Bloody Mary, featuring fine indie brands like Bittermens, Tequila Cabeza, Luxardo and Tequila Cabeza. $70-$100