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Imported Beer Gifts

Imported Beer Gifts

Imported Brews included in our Gift Baskets


St. Pauli Girl Beer
There comes a time when every man and woman must step away from the intensity of those hop-forward brews and pick up something light, sweet and easy on the taste buds. Those are the times when you may want to grab a bottle of St. Pauli Girl Beer. This premium lager allows the sweet malts to steal the show, but you won't miss the metallic undertones that give each sip some complexity. Brewed by Brauerei Beck & Co./Becks in Bremen, Germany, this light beer is crafted from two-row spring barley, ice-age glacier water, and a unique yeast strain all sourced from Germany.

The hops used to create this beer are sourced from the Hallertau Hop Gardens of southern Germany, and all ingredients are selected for their pure German roots. The result is a sweet beer that puts on a malty show for your dinner party, your birthday celebration or even your late-night pity party at the end of a difficult day. The drinking experience starts with a crisp aroma with earthy tones and ends with enough malt to please your sweet tooth. With an ABV just under five percent, you might consider this an easy-going beer that allows you to drink to your heart's content.

Cervecerķa Modelo Mexico - Corona Extra
A pale lager made in Mexico exclusively for the US this beer is a world wide favorite. Perfect with a wedge of lime or lemon to add tartness and Flavor! A perfect pick for the warmer months.

Sapporo Brewery - Sapporo Premium Beer
It's light and refreshing on a hot day. It gives comfort when there's a chill in the air. The silver can sparkles and shines with elegance. It brings life to your taste buds but still manages to finish clean. For those of you watching your waistline, it's even fat free. It's a premium beer that pairs just as well with a romantic dinner as a rowdy party or a sophisticated brunch with your boss. It's none other than Sapporo Premium Beer.

The Sapporo Brewery manufacturers this beer in the United States and Canada and then distributes it in cans, bottles and kegs. The original goal of the brewers was to craft a well-balanced beer suitable for everyday enjoyment as well as special occasions. Using the finest quality ingredients, they created a light brew with an ABV under 5 percent that makes drinking easy. Whether you pour this beer into a glass or drink it straight from the bottle or can, you're destined for a treat with the tall head on this crisp American pale lager. While it has a grainy flavor, it also offers a touch of sweetness that will linger on your taste buds.

Guinness & Co. Dublin Ireland - Guinness Stout
An Irish dry stout that originated in Dublin back in the 1700's. One of the most popular beer brands worldwide. Flavor is from roasted unmalted barley and aged with a freshly brewed beer flavor.

Estrella Damm Lager
If you want the recipe for a winning beer that fans will line up to taste, start with a well-tested recipe that was crafted in the 1800s. Source the freshest barley, rice, and hops from select farms in the Mediterranean. Get your hands on the finest yeast and protect it with three reserves in different locations. Set up your own malthouse to ensure that you're in complete control of those fresh, flavorful ingredients. Only then can you brew a Mediterranean beer that stands the test of time.

This process is exactly what Estrella Damm follows to this day to create their lager. The original recipe was crafted in honor of the culture and taste of the Mediterranean in the 1800s, and the company remains true to those roots even as many competitors are looking for exotic ingredients and high-tech brewing methods. Estrella Damm lager is also packaged in brown bottles designed to block sunlight, preserving the flavor of this all-natural brew. While Estrella Damm Lager is a light beer, the hops are guaranteed to put on a show with a bitter punch that you can't ignore. The brew is also heavily carbonated, so get ready for an explosion of bubbles if you pour this lager into a glass.

Newcastle Brown Ale
A brown ale that is known as the working man's beer in the UK, it is one of the first beers made in a clear glass bottle. Originated in 1927 by Colonel Jim Porter, today this popular brown ale is one of the most popular imports in the US.

Heineken International - Heineken Lager
Something slightly fruity is in the air. It's called Heineken Lager, and it's brewed with three simple, all-natural ingredients. Pure water is combined with the highest quality malts and barley, creating a bottle of brew that will leave you feeling thoroughly refreshed. Though there is a touch of bitter that your palate will happily detect, it's blended into a smooth golden lager that always finishes clean. When you hold the iconic green bottle with the bright red star in your hands, you know that you're about to taste something legendary. The brisk aroma of ripened fruit greets your nose instantly, and the rise of the foam tells you that it's time to indulge. Since this well-established lager complements any food that is light and wholesome, you may consider this your summertime go-to when you're ready to kick back and enjoy the sunshine with friends. It's also the beer that you want to share with your best friend, your dad or someone equally as important.

Around the World Breweries Featured in our Gifts


 

Heineken - Logo Image

Heineken

Most successful breweries are backed by an impressive story that features an innovative founder who takes some level of risk to start a business with no promises of long-term success. Heineken is no different, but this story features a bright young man named Gerard Adriaan Heineken. He was just 22 years old when he stumbled across the Haystack Brewery and decided that he wanted to turn it into the investment of a lifetime.

It was more than 150 years ago that Gerard told his mother about his plans to buy the brewery, and many business professionals would have laughed him out of town had they known what he was going to attempt. The Dutch craft beer market was in the midst of a tragic downhill swing, and many brewers were trying to sell off their businesses to avoid taking an even greater loss. While many were losing faith in the brewing industry as a whole, young Heineken saw it as an opportunity to get into the business at a reasonable price.

Gerard didn't pay much for the Haystack Brewery, and he managed to survive that declining market. With fresh recipes and the business skills needed to push his products around the world, the young man developed what is now one of the most well-known beer brands in existence. Most of this growth occurred by buying out smaller breweries in various countries, so Heineken is now a major producer of beer in the United States, Mexico, and many other countries.

Heineken is now the global brand name for beers from this brewery, but this massive company also operates a growing list of beer labels distributed in select regions of the world. Some of those labels include Amstel, Red Stripe, and Tiger. The company also stands behind quite a few cider brands, including Orchard Thieves and Strongbow Apple Ciders. Each label has its own personality and characteristics, making this one of the more complex brewing companies selling around the world today.

Beer with a Vision

While many microbreweries invest in local charities and take steps to promote eco-friendly brewing standards, few can afford to take sustainability to the level of Heineken facilities. It all starts with the supply chains that support each of the company's beer and apple cider brands. The focus is on small family farmers with five or more household members. This provides jobs at the local level while ensuring that greater control is maintained over crop standards.

It also allows the company to set their own standards when it comes to producing hops and other fresh ingredients needed to make premium-quality beer. Many smaller breweries are now hand-selecting hop farms and other sources for their ingredients, and Heineken is doing the same but on a much larger scale.

When working with family-owned farms and small independent farmers, Heineken stresses the importance of using sustainable farming methods. Each link of the supply chain must agree to abide by the Heineken Supplier Code, which reflects the company's desire to protect the environment at all costs.

Heineken also supports select measures that aim to protect water sources around the world. Since the production of beer depends on a steady supply of quality water, it only makes sense that one of the world's largest producers of beer would invest time and money on this form of conservation and preservation.

The next time that you crack open a can of Heineken or order a bottle while out on the town, feel good about supporting a company that gives back to the environment. You may also want to explore some of the lesser-known beer labels produced by this brand because they represent a wide array of flavor profiles and aromas. You can never have too much Heineken in your life.

 

Sapporo Brewery Image

Sapporo Brewery

When you see an elegant steel can shining from store shelves or gracing your refrigerator, you know that the Sapporo Brewery is in the house. This sophisticated can has a unique shape that was designed to reflect the tumbler glasses that many beer drinkers use for their favorite brews. The original design featured a removable top, so you could literally pop the top and start sipping as if the can were a tumbler.

The modern design opens more like your typical beer can, but it still features that elegant silver color with a pop of color from the label information. The tumbler shape fits easily in the palm of your hand, adding to the enjoyment of every beer-drinking session. While this can is a signature of the Sapporo brand, the flavors produced by this Japanese brewing company are what keep the fans coming back for more.

The Birth of Japanese Craft Beer

Long before the steel Sapporo can was developed, a brave soul headed out of Japan with big dreams. Seibei Nakagawa was a seventeen-year-old boy who knew that something bigger was waiting for him elsewhere in the world. It was illegal for him to leave Japan at the time, but he packed his bag and found his way beyond those confining borders. He eventually settled in Germany and stumbled upon the growing craft beer movement. Intrigued by the flavor of emerging German brews, he immersed himself in the study of brewing techniques.

Seibei Nakagawa eventually returned to Japan and shared his brewing skills with his loved ones. It wasn't long before he developed a following of fans who wanted to taste his beer and learn more about the brewing process. He founded the Sapporo Brewery in 1876, providing the spark that would ignite the craft brewing movement throughout Japan.

Today, Seibei's business serves as the oldest brewery in Japan and the bestselling Asian beer distributed throughout the United States. The brand emerged on the American market in 1964, but it wasn't until 1984 that Sapporo U.S.A. Incorporated was formed. This American company ensures that all Sapporo beers distributed in the United States meet the quality standards set by the company's Japanese founder. This is how you know that you're tasting the best of Japan when you crack open one of those shiny steel Sapporo beer cans.

The Small but Mighty Beer Collection

Sapporo only markets four beers in the United States and Canada. While this is no competition for many American craft beer labels in terms of variety, those four beers make up for that in flavor and creativity. Only high-quality ingredients are selected, and every batch is designed to represent the Asian craft brewing movement.

If you like your beer dark and intense, you may prefer Sapporo's Premium Black Beer. It pours licorice black with a tall head of off-white foam and delivers a bang of bitter hops in every sip. You can expect chocolate and coffee flavors blended into a malty sweetness. This is a crisp beer that goes down easy, but the flavors are quite robust. This isn't the beer for the faint of heart.

Do you prefer your beer more on the golden side? The classic Sapporo Premium Beer is a lighter option that features a highly balanced flavor profile. This is the beer that you may keep in the fridge for everyday enjoyment, but it's also the perfect option for a rowdy night out in with friends, a ball game or a romantic weekend with someone special. Consider this your all-occasion recipe for a good time.

The final two Sapporo beers available in the United States and Canada include a premium light beer and a full-bodied reserve beer. The light brew is perfect for those who want to drink more than one can in a sitting or who aren't accustomed to strong flavors and high alcohol content. The reserve is great for relaxing evenings when you can fully appreciate the layered flavors and complex aroma.

Sapporo has been around for more than 100 years, and they've managed to change just enough to stay relevant in today's market. When you want to taste something a little different than your standard American craft beer, this brand is ready to please.

Beer Lover Gifts Featuring International Beers


Red Stripe Lager
A refreshing beer should lift your spirits, and that's exactly why you should reach for a bottle of Red Stripe Lager. It's brewed with enthusiastic joy in Jamaica and is marketed as a happy beer designed to put a smile on faces around the world. This peppy Amber Lager was originally brewed in 1928 and is now produced and distributed by a subsidiary of Heineken. It wasn't released in cans until 2014 but is now available in cans and bottles in Jamaica, the United States, and a few additional countries.

This is a full-bodied beer that keeps the alcohol light. Load your cooler with cans and head off to the beach, or pass around the bottles at your next big celebration. The beer is smooth and refreshing, and it delivers that crisp finish that you would expect from any beer connected to the Heineken brand. Get ready for the light golden color and a small head of white foam. The recipe includes Pilsen malts, Cassava starch, water and an unspecified variety of hops. The malts come through in the aroma, and the flavor should remind you of rich butterscotch candy.

This is a highly drinkable beer that you may want to keep on hand for every day enjoyment, but don't forget to stock up when you have company. There's nothing like adding a little Jamaican happiness to a dinner party or any social gathering.

Modelo Especial
When Modelo Especial was first brewed in 1925, it was intended to represent Mexican perfection. It was marketed as the model for pilsner-style lagers from Mexico and is now one of the country's most popular alcoholic beverages. In 1990, it was introduced to the United States and quickly became one of the top imported beers. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, this is the type of light beer that will turn an ordinary day into a party. In fact, if you go to a party in Mexico, you're likely to see cans and bottles of Modelo everywhere.

This is a crisp beer that pours into your glass a deep golden color with a satisfying head of creamy foam. The taste is light and goes down smooth, but it contains a splash of hops to give the flavor profile some character. Modelo Especial is best known for its aroma, which delivers sweet honey laced with orange blossoms and an herbal undertone.

This is the type of beer that you sip while relaxing by the pool or that you share with friends and family over burgers from the backyard grill. It's a good-times brew that is light on alcohol and rich with two-row barley malts. A little sweet and a little bitter, and then it leaves you with a refreshing, crisp finish.

Stella Artois
If you want to enjoy an authentic Belgian Pilsner, pick up a bottle of Stella Artois. It was originally crafted in 1926 by the Artois Brewery in Belgium and is now produced and distributed by a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch. Many beer enthusiasts consider this one of the most palatable Belgian beers, and it's light enough to keep in stock for every day enjoyment. It looks like golden sunshine in your glass with a heap of bubbling white foam that quickly rises and then falls to a thin ring. If you're lucky, you might see a bit of lacing resting along the edges of your glass as well.

The hops may grab your attention when you first catch a whiff of Stella Artois, but it's the malty sweetness that really stands out in the flavor. That honey-sweet quality is well balanced with strong grain flavors and a touch of pepper. With light carbonation, the beer delivers a crisp, refreshing finish that makes you want to treat every day like a summer day. This is the type of beer that you load into the cooler for a picnic or a day on the lake, but it's also a treat that you can kick back with at home or when celebrating with loved ones. It's also a glimpse of how an authentic Belgian lager should taste.

Guinness & Co. - Rye Pale Ale
Rye Pale Ale is marketed by Guinness, but it was originally crafted by the Open Gate Brewery as an in-house holiday gift. When employees, friends and family members raved about the creation, the brewers decided that the world needed to taste this Pale Ale. The recipe features rye grain as the primary ingredient, but the Cascade and Mosaic hops are equally important to the aroma and flavor. You can expect heavy notes of grapefruit and peach on the nose, but the background of pepper promises something a little spicy to come.

When you pour a glass of Guinness Rye Pale Ale, you're greeted by a deep copper liquid with touches of pale amber. Light carbonation provides a slight explosion of bubbles, and ample white foam rises to the top of the glass. As you sip, that foam reduces to a light ring with delicate lacing on the sides of the glass. The hops come forward in the flavor, offering a burst of citrus backed up by an herbal quality. Balance is provided by honey malts and a bit of peppery spice. This is a medium-bodied beer with an ABV of 5 percent. It's light enough to serve as your go-to beer for all-nighters and heavy drinking sessions but also packs the layered flavor that may make you choose to slow down and savor the experience.

Moosehead Breweries - Moosehead Lager
Moosehead Lager is a versatile, light-bodied brew that will pair nicely with virtually any meal and any occasion. Pour your colleagues a round at your next dinner party. Toss burgers on the grill and enjoy a sunny afternoon at the lake with a crisp lager in one hand. Whether you enjoy a few bottles while watching the game with friends or you save it for a night cap with someone special, you can always count on this golden beer to deliver a mouthful of malty sweetness balanced perfectly by bitter hops.

This is the flagship beer from Moosehead Breweries, and it represents to the company's Canadian pride. The recipe includes pure water from Spruce Lake, a proprietary lager yeast and quality malts sourced only from Canada. The well-balanced flavor profile comes from the blend of barley and Two-Row Pale malts and a detailed brewing process that includes cold fermentation. The beer is also cold-aged, so it wasn't surprising when Moosehead Lager stole the gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2003. Two years later, it scored another gold medal from the Monde Selection quality awards.

Moosehead Lager is now one of the most popular Canadian beers. With an ABV of five percent and a light, refreshing taste that is easily enjoyed year-round, you can expect to see this lager dominate the beer market for many years to come.

Asahi Breweries - Asahi Super Dry
When Asahi Breweries released their Asahi Super Dry to the Japanese market in 1987, the brewing landscape in Japan was forever changed. Talented, passionate brewers worked closely with farmers and other professionals to source the finest ingredients and perfect every stage of the brewing process. They developed new technology to create a rare yeast that was superior to that of their competitors. They took the time to develop a unique process that would allow their beer to retain its flavor longer, and they put their innovative stamp on the fermentation process as well. The result was a sophisticated brewing process that raised the bar for all breweries in Japan.

The yeast used to create Asahi Super Dry is known as strain number 318. The brewers credit this yeast with adding complexity to the aroma, intensifying the crisp texture and advancing the flavor profile to an unbeatable level. This dry beer also contains far more hops than you will find in many competing Japanese beers. Those hops create an intense bitter experience that many beer enthusiasts find rewarding.

To ensure the finest quality in every batch of Super Dry beer, the brewers maintain a list of 100 specifications that every crop of malted barley must meet. The strict commitment to quality control is one of the reasons that Asahi Super Dry remains one of the most popular Japanese beers today.

Foster's Brewing - Foster's Lager
If you're going to travel the world without parting with your favorite beer, make Foster's Lager your favorite. This brewery was established in Australia more than 130 years ago and is now sold in more than 150 countries. It's a leading import for the American beer market and is prominently featured in restaurants and stores throughout the world. You may pick a can of Foster's brew out of the crowd by identifying their oversized cans. When introduced to the American market in 1972, these cans earned the reputation as "Foster's oil cans" because they closely resemble an oil can.

You may also identify Foster's Lager by the blue bottle label or can. This is a light beer that is best enjoyed in a clear glass. It's an attractive golden brew that pours with a brightness capable of lifting your spirits on a bad day or matching the sunshine in the middle of summer. A head of creamy foam rises to the top of the glass, and you may want to pause to fully appreciate the light aroma. While it's not an intense scent, it does have a sweetness that may put a smile on your face.

Once you take your first sip of this lager, expect the malts to take the lead. Enjoy the subtle sweetness while relaxing any day of the week, and soak up the crisp touch of hops that comes through at the end.