Holiday gift shopping should never cause the anxiety that it does for so many of us. There’s always that one person you need to shop for who likes ... nothing. Sure, you can rely on blah fallback gifts that leave you feeling vaguely ashamed: something from Bath and Body Works or the Craftsman tool section.
Southwest Grape & Grain is Albuquerque’s newest beer- and wine-making supply store, and it’s a haven for gifts that keep on giving. Ever since Kevin Davis opened his store in May, homebrewers have been lauding his selection for beer styles. Davis is an avid homebrewer who saw the need for a true service-oriented shop—one that not only sells the equipment you need, but helps you evolve your brewing prowess. Kevin holds $10 brewing seminars monthly (check his website for dates). In fact, one of his beginner classes brewed an Irish Red that was so good it took a bronze medal at the State Fair judging.