Do you know a craft beer lover who’s mouth seems to water at the slightest mention of a good craft beer? If so, a beer world tour in the form of the ultimate craft beer gift basket might be the best gift they’ll get this year.
With the recent resurgence in craft beer popularity, there are more opportunities than ever to enjoy lagers and ales from the world’s finest microbreweries.
While it’s no small task to narrow down a list of the world’s best microbrews for a beer gift basket world tour, it’s a job somebody had to do. So we figured, why not us?
It’s good work if you can get it!
With that said, let’s take a look at 9 of the best craft beers from around the world.
This would truly be the ultimate beer gift basket for the craft beer lover.
1. Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
This is one of the most revered beers anywhere in the world. It’s a double bock that’s brewed by Benedictine monks in Bavaria at the Kloster Andechs Benedictine monastery.
This brewery follows what’s called Reinheitsgebot, which is the German Beer Purity Law that uses only water, barley, hops and yeast.
When you pour it, you’ll notice the beautiful deep brown color that features a slightly reddish tint. It also pours a long-lasting copper head that’s deliciously creamy.
It features caramel and malt aromas and a full-bodied flavor highlighted by cocoa and malty sweetness. You’ll notice a background taste of figs and dates.
After each sip, you’ll experience a chocolate finish that lingers.
Beer type: Malt
When building the ultimate craft beer gift basket world tour, Lambickx is a must-include.
This brew is aged in chestnut and oak barrels for a full 2 years, while mixed with fresh cherries. It’s definitely worth the wait.
When you pour a glass of Lambickx, you’ll experience a bright red hue and a pink, frothy head.
You’ll notice a beautiful cherry aroma alongside hints of oak and a sort of musty Belgian farmhouse scent.
Unlike other krieks that can bring an over-abundance of sweet fruit flavors, Lambickx will cause the drinker to pucker a bit due to tartness and a dry finish.
Much like fine wine, be sure to look at the label. It’ll list the year of brew, bottle year, region, type of barrel and number of bottles produced.
It’s worth trying year after year because no two brewing seasons are exactly alike.
Vanberg & DeWulf
Beer type: Lambic
3. Brasserie Saint James Red Headed Stranger
Based in Reno, Nevada, Brasserie Saint James was launched in 2012. However, it has quickly distinguished itself as a world-class brewer.
Red Headed Stranger is a red saison that Brasserie Saint James crafts with their signature Belgian yeast strain.
It also contains orange peel, grains of paradise, coriander, a black and green peppercorn blend and pure water from an artesian well that’s 87 meters under the brewhouse.
This unique combination of ingredients turn out a beer that’s sort of a cross between a saison and a red ale. It has a dark ruby appearance with spice aromas and a dry, almost peppery finish that’s complex and refreshing.
Brasserie Saint James
Reno, Nevada USA
Beer type: Saison
4. Maui Brewing Company Pineapple Mana
This is a surprising, yet worthy addition to a craft beer gift basket world tour.
Pineapple Mana is light, crisp and very easy to drink. It makes the drinker feel like they’re relaxing in a beautiful tropical breeze.
Maui Brewing infuses the agriculture of the Hawaiin Islands into all of its brews. In the case of Pineapple Mana, they use pineapples directly from the Maui Gold Pineapple Company, which are grown on the slopes of Haleakala.
This is a light wheat ale that pours a golden hue with a solid white head. The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful aroma of pineapple as you pour.
The flavor matches the aroma but isn’t over-the-top with sweetness. You’ll notice that the fruitiness is more prevalent after you swallow.
In addition to pineapple notes, you’ll experience a certain “breadiness” due to the wheat in the malt.
Maui Brewing Co.
Kihei, Hawaii USA
Beer type: American Pale Wheat
5. Ninkasi Dawn of the Red
For those that prefer a more balanced, hoppy brew Dawn of the Red is perfect because of its toasted malty backbone.
This India Red Ale was added to Ninkasi’s year-round stable of beers are experiencing huge popularity in test runs.
The name of the beer and label design are plays on the classic zombie movie, “Dawn of the Dead” which is one of Tony Figoli’s (Ninkasi Art Director) all-time favorite movies.
It’s similar to an IPA, but is a bit darker and has just a touch of caramel malt.
The hops provide mango and pineapple aromas, with flavors of papaya.
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Eugene, Oregon USA
Beer type: IPA, Red Ale
6. Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze
This is quite the complex brew. It’ll appeal mostly to those that appreciate sour beers that are balanced and restrained.
For the average beer drinker, it’s like something you’ve never tasted.
Vicaris was opened in 2011 after founder Vincent Dilewyns and his daughters Anne-Catherine and Claire Dilewyns won a local homebrew contest.
Tripel-Gueuze is a perfect blend of two very unique styles: an extremely tart gueuze and a rich, sweet tripel.
The mixture that results is the absolute best of both styles, featuring a lemony lambic aroma with flavors of acidic sourness. These are tempered by a certain fruity sweetness and a dry finish you’ll find in a quality gueuze.
Beer type: Sour
7. Utah Sage Saison
This was a part of the Epic Brewing Exponential Series starting in 2011 and is now in version 35.
A Belgian-style farmhouse ale, Utah Sage Saison uses all the same main ingredients but the hops and ABV vary a bit with each batch.
What never changes is the malt bill of Maris Otter, Pilsner, rye, wheat, two-row barley, barley flakes, rosemary, thyme, and sage.
The spices are added in the final minute of the boil and bring a powerful herbal flavor. The Belgian saison yeast provides a subtly tart, spicy finish.
After drinking, you’ll enjoy a long aftertaste of rosemary and sage that allows you to enjoy the brew well after you’ve finished.
What you probably didn’t know is that, while no longer a common ingredient in beer, hundreds of years ago the use of sage was the norm.
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Beer type: Saison, Wheat
8. Squatters Outer Darkness
Although this is a beer gift basket for men and women to feature craft beers throughout the world, let’s stay in Utah for a minute.
The fiery red eyes and black label give you an idea of what’s lurking inside a bottle of Outer Darkness.
The stout is also very well-named. When you pour it, you’ll experience a jet-black color with a deep, dark brown head that light can’t (or simply refuses to) shine through.
Squatters boils the wort for 3 1/2 hours which allows it to attain a deep rich caramelization. The ensuing taste is an absolute explosion of malty chocolate with notes of sweet fig.
Beyond that, molasses and licorice root are added at the end of each boil. These add to the final pieces of the Outer Darkness puzzle of flavors.
If you think beers made in Utah are wimpy, this imperial stout will change your mind.
Squatters Pub Brewery
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Beer type: Stout, Malt
9. Hangar 24 Essence
Hangar 24 Brewery has made a name for itself by using locally-sourced ingredients.
In this copper-hued West Coast IPA, these local ingredients include blood oranges, navel oranges and native grapefruits that are grown in Redlands, CA.
The flavor of citrus takes center-state in this brew, with grapefruit being the most prevalent.
The flavor is further enhanced by Zythos and Cascade hops.
The citrus blast is intense, but it’s also very refreshing on a hot day at the beach.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Redlands, California USA
Beer type: IPA
A Perfect Beer Gift Basket for the Craft Beer Lover
There you have it: a craft beer gift basket that showcases unique flavors from all around the world.
If that craft beer lover you know has this delivered to their front door, you can rest assured a huge “thank you!” will be coming soon.
For even more beer gift basket ideas, take a look at these great combinations.
You’re sure to find the perfect beer gift basket for your favorite beer lover. In fact, your satisfaction is guaranteed!