Support Female Owned Businesses with ‘Mel’s Craft Beer Holiday Gift Guide!’

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Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. In the midst of a pandemic, one may have a tough time getting into the spirit of gift giving. But, if the pandemic has proven anything, it’s showed us the importance of supporting small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color.

I’ve trolled the inter-webs in search of some really awesome female owned shops offering a wide selection of gifts for that special craft beer lover in your life. I also reached out to my craft beer gal pal, Jen @hellobrewtiful, for some of her picks for the gift giving season!

For the next few weeks, I’ll share with you some shops that Jen and I recommend checking out!

First Sip Brew Box, based in Pittsburgh, is not only part female owned, it’s also Black and Veteran owned as well! Whether you’re looking to spoil your special someone all year long with a beer box subscription, or you’re just looking for a one time gift, First Sip Brew Box is a great choice. The kind folks at First Sip handpick a themed brewery each month and stock your box with all kinds of brewery swag and food items to pair with your beer. *I should note that First Sip does NOT ship alcohol, but that’s okay because 16oz later… YOU STILL GOT YOUR SWAG! And that’s what’s up! Check ’em aht on Instagram: @firstsipbrewbox

Boozy Craft Corner is led by artist Sabrina Rain. While you will see she is taking a break for 2020, with good reason, she still has plenty of awesome items in her shop. May I point you toward my favorites, the Hoppy Boobs Tee and the Bad Bitch Beer Club bucket hat (which I am totally, 100% buying for myself) and ya want to know the best part about her tees!? They are unisex fit, ethically printed, and made-to-order. You’ll also find rad accessories like earrings, face masks and an adult coloring book! Boozy Craft Corner is sure to be a shop you want to check out for the hoppy girl in your life! Visit her on Instagram: @boozycraftcorner

Jen (@hellobrewtiful) pointed me in the direction of a Latina owned candle shop: Flamed by Leslie! She uses recycled beer cans and makes handmade, custom candles out of them! Some of her current scent selections are Peppermint Mocha, Mistletoe and Apple Pie. If you’re looking for something less traditional holiday smelling, she has Lavender, Peach Nectar and Green Tea + Lemongrass (which sounds amazing). Looks like you get to choose the can from her selection too! Jen says she just dropped off a TON of cans to her too, so you can bet on some bangers from Pittsburgh and beyond! Get your orders in soon, though, since they are made to order! DM her on Instagram to get your order in: @flamedbyleslie

And, dont forget, we here at Fueled by Hops have merchandise as well! Hook your faithful beer drinker up with a sweet glass, sticker or a super comfy Fueled by Hops tshirt! Just added some new merch as well. Check it out!

That’s all for this week folks. Next week, we’ll have 3 new female owned artists/shops to feature! Cheers!

Photo courtesy and property of @flamedbyleslie