Give the gift of drink

Gift Guide 2011 | Tasting Notes: 10 Picks for the Drinker

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The holidays are quickly approaching, which means you probably haven’t started shopping yet. No worries. At least one of your friends is likely a heavy drinker libations connoisseur, so we rounded up some of our favorite products sure to satisfy even the most discerning drinker.

Check below for gift ideas, and remember –- it’s best to give boozy gifts in person, as the recipient is compelled to offer you a drink.

Avery Old Jubilation Ale

Avery’s roasty seasonal ale is a perfect pairing to cold days and warm fires. Five specialty malts combine to achieve a deep mahogany hue and flavors of hazelnuts, mocha and toffee. At 8.3% alcohol by volume, it’s a potent brew, so consider sharing that six pack with a friend.

$9 |


Williamswarn Personal Brewery

Fresh, homemade beer with minimal effort? Sign us up. This personal brewery is an all-in-one appliance that makes cold, perfectly carbonated, professional quality beer in just seven days. Use their extensive supply of ingredients, or experiment with your own to craft the perfect beer. The product is currently being sold in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, so add your name to the waiting list to be notified when it’s ready for U.S. sales.

$5,750 |


Full Sail Wassail

Brewed since 1988 and available through December, this holiday favorite is an indication that winter’s here, no matter where you live. Wassail is full of caramel and dark chocolate malts, plus a healthy dose of Northwest hops for a well-balanced brew.

$8 |


iSi Direct Carbonation System

Add some effervescence to your day with iSi’s Twist and Sparkle. This direct carbonation system charges your favorite drinks, including spirits and cocktails, with bubbly fizz. No longer will you have to suffer through uncarbonated Negronis or Sake.

$50 |


The Dalmore 18-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

The Dalmore makes a range of fine whiskies, including the 18-Year, one of our favorites. Give the gift of chocolate, dried fruits, spice and smoky malt, as this elegant dram finds balance between its time spent in American oak and Sherry casks.

$165 |


Ultimate Bar

Nothing looks better on Christmas morning than a fully-stocked bar. The gorgeously-designed Ultimate Bar is both stylish and functional, with space for bottles, glassware, ice and tools, and a marble top to cut fruit, shake and stir like a pro.

$2,500 |


Parker’s Heritage Golden Anniversary Bourbon

In creating Parker’s Heritage Golden Anniversary, Master Distiller Parker Beam hand selected barrels from each decade of his 50 years of making bourbon. The marriage of young and old comes together beautifully in this complex, vibrant bourbon. It’s a rare bottle to be savored and cherished.

$150 |


OXO Stainless Steel Measuring Cup

Need a last-minute gift for your cocktail-making friend? Try this angled measuring cup. With more measurement markings than a standard jigger, it’s a one-stop-shop for precise pours.

$6 |


2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast

Aromas of red fruits, lavender and rose are followed by flavors of dark cherries and cranberries, perfectly balanced with acidity and tannins. This flavorful wine was awarded “2011 Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator, furthering its street cred as a great stocking stuffer.

$52 |


Turtle Black & Tan Pourer

Finally, a bottle opener than pours a perfectly-layered Black and Tan. This turtle-shaped necessity sits comfortably on your pint glass. Simply pour your stout over the shell and watch your Black and Tan come to life. And if you need another round, the turtle’s head is a trusty bottle opener.

$12 |