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Winter Seasonal Beers – Christmas Edition

Craft Beer: It's what's for Christmas.

What do Craft Beers and Christmas have in common?

Answer: They are both here today and gone tomorrow.

There’s a good reason why this time of year, the craft beer breweries are churning out some of their best limited release beers (pun 100% intended). For one, this is definitely the season for drinking, for drinking more substantial beers ( read: not Corona Light or lemonade shandy), and for expanding your repertoire if only because you have company!

We admit: It is not an easy task to open a 750ml of beer. you’ll either need a friend or a high alcohol tolerance. But with so many holiday gatherings, so many social events, so many “I’ll need a beer for this” festivities happening, there’s no better reason to buy a bottle like that, if only because you’ll know there is no lack of help with finishing what you’ve started. Heck, even our president knows it is procedure to play “getting to know you” over a few beers. Is there a better way to bring the fun then by splitting a Sierra Nevada “Trip in the Woods” with your new brother-in-law?

Speaking of which, S. Nevada’s Trip in the Woods is a perfect, and we mean perfect example of a beer you’d want to show up with wearing your ugly Christmas sweater. There are three varieties, but that’s not what makes these bad larry’s so cool. Apparently, Sierra Nevada holds its cards close to its vest, and any variation of their standard beer is kept on tap, at the brewery. This year, however, there’s been a lot of talk about “Narwahl,” “Ginger Bigfoot” and “Biere De Garde,” as these three beers have managed to sneak past brewery security and make there way onto Cranberry Liquors’ shelves.

All three variations of Trip in the Woods are bourbon, red wine or whiskey barrel aged, highly sought after and high-rated by the internet beer elites.  All three beers come in a “normal” wine sized bottle (750 milliliters) which makes them absolutely perfect for sharing. You can even play the game of “Buy all three and see which gets finished first,” as that generally points to the best of the bunch, and is far more exciting (at least when we play it) than most board games. It is definitely more fun than small talk… 

Bier De Garde: Literally means “Beers for Aging” – Blend of belgian ales, aged in red wine barrels. “Layered” notes of straw, fruit oak and Belgian ale’s signature taste.

Ginger Bigfoot: A barleywine ale – Aged in Whiskey barrels, promising a mellow ginger accompaniment to “Bigfoot’s ferocious hop bite.”

The Narwahl: Probably has the most “hype” attached to its name, this beer is aged in bourbon casks, an imperial stout with red and black currants, with “complex flavors of cocoa and coconut with a mellow fruit undertone.”

We’ve noticed an up-trend on the sales of these new beers, and, as I started by saying, just like Christmas, they are definitely here today and gone tomorrow.

Cranberry Liquors has a bazillion craft beers at any given moment, but darn it if all of the cool companies aren’t spending the remainder of their yearly budgets on these awesome seasonal beers. To name a few, Deep Cocoa by Victory, Santa’s Little Helper by Port Brewery, Yard Sale by Uinta and Snow and Tell by Boulevard. And those are just the ones I can remember of the top of my head. Spenser Trappist ale! that is another big deal winter seasonal beer I saw while closing the store last shift…

 Get your Trip In The Woods bottle today for $19.95 plus $.05 deposit)!

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And if you know your Crafty Beer Drinker could spend an hour picking out his or her own six pack, get them what they really want: An all expenses paid trip to this liquor store. Gift cards are not lame! Everyone knows they are what we really want, but are something for which would never ask. Gift cards are thoughtful… when they aren’t to Walmart. Gift cards are incredibly thoughtful when you know better than to try and buy someone a gift, and you don’t want to seem like you have no idea who they are…

We here at Cranberry Liquors will take great care of them, or leave them completely alone, whichever they prefer. But to answer your question, yes, you should get them a gift card to Cranberry Liquors. $25 will buy them happiness, in their preferred flavor. Plus, if you’re on a budget this year, you can let them spend too much on top shelf scotch.

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Gift Cards: The Gift We All Want (and are too afraid to ask for)

Want to look like you planned ahead, like you’re the wonderful, thoughtful person your parents thought they raised you to be?

Shop at Cranberry Liquors, where we gift wrap purchases for free! We do this all year long, but it seems to resonate more with the customers wearing dresses and suits with red and green accessories this time of year. And be sure to call us at 508-432-8250 if you need a gift delivered to your Secret Santa recipient, event, office party or house guest – we’ll get it there in time, and help make your holiday perfectly thoughtful.

There's Still Time! Guess What Else We Do?

Want to look like you planned ahead, like you’re the wonderful, thoughtful person your parents thought they raised you to be?

Shop at Cranberry Liquors, where we gift wrap purchases for free! We do this all year long, but it seems to resonate more with the customers wearing dresses and suits with red and green accessories this time of year. And be sure to call us at 508-432-8250 if you need a gift delivered to your Secret Santa recipient, event, office party or house guest – we’ll get it there in time, and help make your holiday perfectly thoughtful.

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Christmas: Closed

December 26th: Back to normal – 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

TL;DR: Get your craft beer before it’s “retired” for the season! We sell (plenty of) gift cards, and will do whatever we can to make your Christmas Season enjoyable!

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