I could order BrewMaster from the States but it'd be expensive and I'm worried it won't be here in time for Christmas.
On the other hand, it's probably a perfect match for your friend. For one thing, it was designed by beer brewers .
It's basically a rummy/set collection card game where the players attempt to mix the right ingredients to produce award-winning beers. Throughout the game, awards are awarded by type (i.e. lager, ale, stout). It's simple and easily taught, and has outstanding graphics of the various actual beer ingredients.
While I prefer Goldbräu, Brewmaster is the safer investment in this case.