What do you get for the bartender who has everything? The good news is no bartender has everything. With a variety of experimental liquors and brews on the market, there's always a gift ready for anyone with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the unusual and finer things in life.
Beer of the Month Club
Craft beer enthusiasts face one significant hurdle in their quest to sample microbrews: distribution. The Beer of the Month Club offers a solution for those suds enthusiasts who've tapped out their local microbrew menu. Specialising in hard-to-find, lightly distributed craft beers, the Microbrewed Beer of the Month brings a new small-batch ale or beer to your doorstep each month. The club's curators sift through microbrews to find the most rewarding pint and share it with beer fans, regardless of the brewery's distributive reach. The club is available in two- to 12-month subscription terms.
Banned in the United States since 1912 because of its thujone content, absinthe has long been a cocktail with a cult-like following. The allure of the forbidden liquor certainly played a part in a brisk mail-order trade from Europe. In 2007, Lucid debuted the first line of true wormwood-based absinthe able to clear regulatory hurdles, distilled in a manner to forgo the thujone content in the fluorescent liquor. Although it's no longer an import-only item, expect to pay black market prices even for legal absinthe: A bottle of Lucid retails for about £39.
Finding a wine that perfectly fits another person's palate is best left for the heavy-duty wine enthusiast, but a decanter makes a great gift for a wine aficionado. Crystal decanters are imported from Italy, and feature a range of classic to contemporary designs, while glassware manufactured domestically is also available in a wide variety of styles. No matter what style you pick, it's guaranteed to be more elegant than plopping a green bottle on the table at the next dinner party.
Headmaster Electric Keg Pump
A middle ground between carbon dioxide compression and entry-level hand-driven keg pumps, the Headmaster Electric Keg Pump keeps a keg at the perfect pressure through your entire event. Eliminating the tedium of pumping as well as the fountains of foam that come with over-pumping, the pump is operated by an AC transformer as well as a rechargeable battery pack.
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