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Gift Recommendations for Beer Aficionado

I'm in need of a recommendation for a book to give as a gift to someone who is totally into beer -- not so much about brewing, but more about food pairing, culture, beer styles, etc. Which books should I be considering? Also, in addition to books, what other unique beer-related gifts should I consider? Thanks for your help!

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  1. Brewmasters Table by Garrett Oliver

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    1. re: Josh

      That is the definitive resource.

    2. Subscription to Beer Connoseir magazine?

      1. The soon to be released to the public (12/12/12) Westvleteren 12 gift pack.

        1. tickets to the Great American Beer Festival

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          1. re: chuckl

            probably not available for the next ten months or thereabouts.

          2. Despite the controversy stirred up by beer historians, I would recommend The Oxford Companion to Beer. The amount of correct information given far outweighs the flaws - which are just mostly inconsequential nitpicks and interpretations imo.

            I would always appreciate a gift certificate to a local beer store that specializes in craft beer.

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            1. re: LStaff

              Depends on the level of beer geekiness. For someone relatively new to beer, I'd go with the brewmasters table, for a long time serious beer geek, the oxford guide. Either way its hard to go wrong with Garrett Oliver.

              1. re: chuckl

                Depends on what you want to learn - food and beer pairing, or little more technical knowledge about brewing. I know I was more interested in the technical knowledge long before I even knew what a beer geek was - and I'm still not all that interested in beer/food pairing - although I do own both books.