Shopping for the beer drinker in your life can be tricky. Their tastes are fickle. They’re constantly purging glassware, but the next time you turn around they’ve bought four new ones. You may as well forget about t-shirts, hoodies, and other wearables.  As a pain-in-the-ass beer drinker myself, I’m here to tell you what I’ve found a lot of us look forward to these days—experiences.

Here’s what I might like if I were asking for anything. (*ahem* Santa?  Are you listening?)

Wilmington Ale Trail Passport

This website disguised as an app is the coolest way for your out-of-town buddies or relatives to explore the area. The passport has three options: 24-hour for $15,  3-Day for $20, or the annual option for $40. Whichever option you choose, you will receive $5 vouchers at over 22 local breweries, bottle shops, bars, and restaurants so you and your friends can experience all of the great craft beer that the greater Wilmington area has to offer.

Use code CHRISTMASCHEER to take $10 off any passport option through Christmas.  Bonus: Redeem 80% of the vouchers and receive a Wilmington Ale Trail t-shirt!  https://passport.wilmingtonaletrail.com/

 

 

Marchtoberfest

Have you ever been entered to win a trip to Germany just for buying tickets to a beer fest? Heck, when were you last entered to win A TRIP TO OKTOBERFEST at all? Never? Same. The inaugural Marchtoberfest is a good old fashioned German beer festival, featuring 40+ North Carolina breweries, plus German wine and food. Oh! And did I mention you’re entered to win a trip for two to Munich for Oktoberfest including airfare, lodging, and admission to Oktoberfest ? Two trips for two will be given away the day of the festival. One trip for general admission and one for VIP admission.

Use the code STOCKINGSTUFFER to take $10 off – now through Christmas day.  https://marchtoberfestilm.com/

Port City Brew Bus

Do you have that friend who’s always been talking about “getting more into beer” or “learning more about beer” or “thinking about opening a brewery/bottle shop/bar”? A great way for that friend to educate themselves is on the Port City Brew Bus. Multiple stops filled with samples, info sessions that cover different parts of the brewing process & ingredients, plus an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide will certainly satiate anyone’s thirst for knowledge…and beer.

Use code SANTABEER to save 10% off on gift card and tour purchases. http://portcitybrewbus.com/ 

Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine

You have a friend or family member who considers themselves a “foodie.” They are constantly pouring over cookbooks and food-focused instagram content. The friend who is constantly asking questions when you’re out at dinner. That friend deserves to experience the Port City’s premier food and beer pairing event, Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine. A 25-course pairing menu invites foodies and beer connoisseurs alike to explore North Carolina’s prolific beer scene alongside Wilmington’s finest food—all during sunset at the beautiful Airlie Gardens. No code is needed to snag the stocking-stuffer deal which is two tickets and no transaction fees, a savings of $24 off the regular general admission price.   This deal is only good through Christmas.

http://capefearcraftandcuisine.com