10 Made in Oregon Awesome Beer Gifts and Gear for Giving
At DrinkTanks, we’re paying tribute to the ol’ red, white and blue green this holiday season and our proud Oregon roots with a cool gift list showcasing only pure unadulterated Americana awesomeness.
Here are 10 gift ideas made, designed or assembled in the USA — and specifically made in Oregon! — that will make your holiday gift giving easy peasy. From straight up beer gifts and accessories for the beer lovers in your life to on-the-go gear for living life outside, check out some of our favorite finds below.
And remember to take time this season to explore America the beautiful with those who matter most because, after all, life is better shared!
1. A DrinkTanks Growler + Keg Cap Kit + Fill with Their Favorite Beer
This born and bred in Oregon premium stainless steel growler comes in two sizes, a 64 oz. and a 128 oz. growler — a whopping gallon that will fit up to 8 pints of your favorite craft beer. Cap it off with one of our exclusive Keg Cap accessory kits for guaranteed fizz for days. The growler becomes a personal mini keg ready to dispense icy cold beer for over 24 hours at home or on-the-go. Stop in at any local craft brewery or a growler fill station, and fill with their favorite beer! All of our growlers and products are designed and assembled Bend, Oregon. To get their beer gift in-hand for the big holiday, order by December 16 for standard ground shipping!
2. A Bendable Unbreakable Squishy Cup
When you’re off and running and adventuring with your DrinkTanks growler, you need a durable cup that can squish into a pack, a purse or even a pocket. Enter the Silipint. It’s a portable 100% food-grade, BPA-free silicone pint glass that insulates to keep your beer cold or your coffee hot. This Bend, Oregon company was onto something when they invented their collapsible silicone dog bowls. Now, their extensive product line lives on with stemless wine glasses, cocktail cups, lids and straws and, of course, dog bowls. And if you ever feel it’s time to part with your Silipint for any reason, you can send it back to them (at their expense) and they’ll ensure it gets recycled at a Silicone recycling facility.
3. Dear Beer Diary
This pocket-sized 33 Bottles of Beer tasting notebook is made for those who want to go old school and write it all down. Designed and made by beer geeks for beer geeks from a one-man publisher in Portland, Oregon, you can fill in thirst quenching minutiae about every beer detail. There’s also a 33 Bottles of Wine notebook for those oenophiles in your life.
4. Warm Up Your Winter with No Ordinary Wool Blanket
Snuggling under the stars never felt better than with a handcrafted Pendleton wool blanket thrown over your shoulders. Made with 100% pure virgin wool in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains, this iconic Pendleton blanket happens to honor one of America’s most beautiful national parks right here in Oregon – the Crater Lake National Park wool blanket will keep you warm out on the trail or in your living room!
5. Bathe in Beer
It’s no wonder that the first beer spa in the United States opened its doors in one of the craft beer capitals of America. If you happen to be rolling to or through the Bend, Oregon area, make an appointment at Hop in the Spa in Sisters to kick back in bubbles. This “little bit country” spa concocts beer inspired ingredients for a variety of hop-infused treatments or an uber soothing Microbrew soak in a cedar tub. They’ll even top off your beer spa moment with complimentary Deschutes Brewery suds.
6. A Cupcake Wars Contender
Sweets just got sweeter when you add Deschutes Brewery’s Jubel Ale to the batter mix. Order the limited edition Jubel Ale cupcakes from Ida’s Cupcake Café in Bend, Oregon (they ship nationwide!) before they’re nom-nom gone. During the month of December only, you can order a “Party in a Box” for a delightful DIY spin on dessert. Your lucky gift recipient can decorate and dress their beer cakes with vanilla buttercream frosting and a barley malt syrup drizzle.
7. Clutter-Free & Totally Consumable
Trying to master the clutter-free trend this year? Give the gift of consumables. Here are a few edibles that found their way into our backpacks, car glove box, and desk drawer. We could go on and on with an endless list of “made in Oregon” grub, but here are a few trail staples and snacks to keep the hangry away.
Mmmm. Meat. Beer beef jerky by NWBierHouse
S’mores sans campfire by Alma Chocolate for Pendleton
With flavors like Need for Seed and Moroccan Your World, Picky Bars are as tasty as they sound.
8. Pack It Out
Here in Oregon, we find ourselves recycling, upcycling and downcycling more than most people in America, so it’s only fitting that we highlight a few packs where dual purpose and recycled elements rule. Head to the hills, make a run at mountains, or just haul your iPad around in style.
Morrison Backpack Panniers by Northst Bags (2 in 1 Backpack)
For those who ride on two wheels, there’s a bike pack for that. The Morrison pannier-meets-pack makes for easy transitions on and off bike. Every pack is made to order with all USA made materials and guaranteed for life from this Portland, Oregon company.
An Upcycled Pendleton Backpack for Her by Appetite
Hand-sewn in a Portland studio with all USA made materials, this luxury and just a little bit girly backpack combines rich leather, burnished brass, rugged canvas and Pendleton wool into one fab bag.
9. Shoes with Tude
Sometimes you just need a good pair of shoes to get you moving. Awaken your inner Imelda or steer your sneakerhead friend to some cool kicks meant for getting a move on.
Shoes for Him
Seek out the New Balance sneaker collab with Danner. Two classic American companies combine their shoe prowess into one formidable (and comfortable) foot force.
And Boots for Her
Dreaming about hiking into the Wild like Cheryl Strayed? You don’t have to actually navigate the Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon to look the part. Nab a retro release pair of Danner’s 1970s hiking boots just like Reese Witherspoon sported in the movie Wild.
10. Deck the Halls of Portland Breweries
For the beer-loving gamer on your list, pick up a deck of the Portland Breweries playing cards for campout card games or Texas Hold’em tournaments. The beer deck shows off 52 craft breweries around Portland, Oregon illustrated by Portland artist Aaron Trotter. Follow the hand drawn map (included) for a self-guided beer tour and random beer facts.