Summertime, at least this year, is arriving in fits and starts. Usually by now, folks are racing to the beach to escape the heat and humidity. This year so far, not so much.
Because Cape Cod weather can be so unpredictable, we want to assure you of one thing: Cranberry Liquors is your all-weather liquor store. Plan your purchase to match the current or forecast weather. Rain or shine, hot or cold, dry or humid, we’ve got you covered.
If it looks like temps are going to be in the upper 70’s or higher, you might consider any of the following for your refreshment.
Pick Your Poison
Beer: Whether you’ve just finished mowing the lawn or coming back from the beach, nothing’s quite like an ice cold beer on a hot day.
And from Banana Bread to Hog Island, if we don’t carry it, we’d love to…
Maybe you’re better than the majority of people and you’ve already selected, wrapped and mailed a gift to the dad in your life.
Or maybe you’re like me, trying to buy something for someone who wants little, needs even less and doesn’t need sentimental stuffed animals to know you do, indeed, love him.
Cranberry Liquors has what you need this Father’s Day. Did I mention we have free gift bags? The metal paper adorns a bottle of cabernet or a bottle of Jameson perfectly.
So, without further ado, here are some excellent suggestions courtesy of my dad.
For the Man Who Has Everything
For the Man Who Doesn’t Drink
Cigars (and/or lotto tickets)
HINT: We have an awesome new cigar called “My Father’s Belicoso” – a medium bodied, 5 star cigar. At $13.99, it’s hard to beat. If your dad enjoys the occasional cigar too, this is a definite maybe.
For the Man Who Prefers Corona
But really, if you know what your dad drinks, don’t defer from old faithful! Whatever dad drinks, I can almost promise you he won’t prefer the grapefruit version (plus it might mess with his blood thinners.)
For the Man Who Hates Gimmicky Stuff
If your dad is anything like mine, it is almost impossible to buy gifts he truly wants. My dad doesn’t do gimmicky stuff, definitely doesn’t want two of anything, and when he needs something he gets it himself.
If you truly don’t know what your dad drinks and don’t feel like asking him pointed and/or probing questions, can we suggest a gift card? All top shelf spirits becomes more affordable when you tack a $25 dollar gift card to the balance.
If all else fails? bourbon
We also sell cherries (for the man who prefers cherries and who’s taste is high maintenance.)
If none of the above work, then the dad in question probably prefers a Hallmark card with a poem. Color him a picture… something. But bear in mind that your dad isn’t a real man. Or just move out of his basement because’s that’s really what he wants.
All cruel jokes aside, the staff at Cranberry Liquors knows this is a busy weekend. For fathers, families, and their 21+ children, we know that you know dad best.
Whether you spend your weekend fishing, scalloping, biking the trails, cooking out or playing drinking board games, we look forward to seeing you in Harwich Port. Fingers crossed that the weather is great.
No, only the important years. And this year happens to be an important one! Why, you might ask?
Because of the way the holidays stacked up, from Easter to Cinco De Mayo, and the fact that they cancelled spring this year, we’re pretty sure everyone needs a restful, seriously excellent weekend.
Without further ado, we’ve got Mother’s Day ideas for the mom who likes her pink wine, to the mom who likes her margarita with triple sec and extra salt.
2018 Wines for Mom
Other than for you to move out of her basement, what does your mom really want?
Rosés are still it, guys.
Things to know:
Do they like:
– dry or sweet (white or pink) wine?
– Domestic or Imported (California or French / Spanish / Italian?)
Hint: Raid her cabinet (or her Pinterest board) to see what she’s been into.
These are the wines Cranberry Liquors is betting our beer money on this year.
New Rosé 2018
The Mirabeau – (not to be confused with the Miraval rosé), this award winning rosé from rosé land (Provence, France,) this is a well priced, award winning wine. You can read more here (or just read the blog and come visit us at Cranberry Liquors.)
AIX – a french wine also from AIX/ Aix en Provence. Another award winner from that dominion/region in France that seems to churn out the best pink wine there is.
Read about the AIX here – I’m looking forward to this wine in particular.
Both the AIX and the Mirabeau retail at $17.99.
Contenders also include Dark Horse (a California/ domestic), the Mimi and the Apothic Rosé. We carried these wines last year, but prices have come down a bit on these.
Apothic Rosé: $11.99
“Apothic Rosé 2017 features vibrant flavors of strawberry with a hint of raspberry.With a great balance between sweet and sour notes, this wine fully delivers on the profile of Provençal-style Rosés. With a refreshing yet creamy finish, this wine is light in style but dark in nature.”
Dark Horse: $9.99
Tasting notes on this popular wine
“Cinsaut – Grenache – Syrah is a blend of grape varieties commonly grown and blended in southern France. This classic combination is used most commonly to make Provence‘s famous rosé wines, which display crisp, aromatic flavors of berryfruit and spice. The blend is also used to make some red wines, particularly in the appellations of the southern Rhone Valley and in the Languedoc-Roussillon area.”
Do a little shopping, buy something for mom too…
Not bad for Mom’s big day…
And if your mom will go for a beer or a glass of pink stuff, can we highly recommend the Angry Orchard Rose? Honestly, when this cider came out I was pretty confident it wouldn’t sell (thankfully, I don’t do the ordering.)
I was wrong!Angry Orchard made pink sparkly, light and inspired by “Amour Rouge” apples and that pink thing everyone is doing. At $9.50 a six pack, (plus bottle deposit) you’ve got six chances to make mom very, very happy.
For Moms Who Like Beer
We don’t play into stereotypes so we’ll just say this: Moms love beer. All kinds.
A personal favorite (over 5 years and still going strong!) is the Lambic Framboise Raspberry Beer. I remember the first time I had it the man who suggested it (Hi Adam!) said
“It’s just raspberry and hops. That’s it!” And it’s wicked, wicked good.
The other beer that’s great for warmer spring days is the Schofferhofer grapefruit beer. My favorite anecdote about this beer is the time the two 7 foot tall German guys came in speaking as much English as I do Spanish, telling me “this beer is most popular in Germany.” They walked out with the two and a half cases we had in stock.
Grapefruit-y, light effervescent beer that isn’t played out like Corona? Yes please.
Plus, just like the mixed case discounts we offer, mix-a-six pack of craft singles and continue to save ten percent!
Ideas for Mom who Shops
Two Words: Gift. Card.
Make an afternoon of it with your dear little mama.
Buying a C.Liquors gift card makes for three excellent solutions:
– The mom who is seemingly indifferent to “stuff” (hint: if she shops at X-mas Tree Shop, this is not your mom.)
– The mom who prefers “the experience” to the “stuff” (a la’ those commercials for a Groupon app.)
– The mom who is never happy with what you get her
– The mom you have nothing to do with.
Plus, get her a gift card and she can buy her extra super fancy liqueur and neither of you has to feel guilty! You can put $25 toward her 100 yearcognac /Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire (it happens all the time.)
Mom doesn’t drink
Hmm, wish I could help you but… kidding! Come by Cranberry Liquors, give us the scoop, and we’ll have a great suggestion for you. There are plenty of people in Harwich Port who know exactly what your mom wants (they probably know your mom if you’re from here too…)
Note: C.Liquors offers gift bags and other items to make it look like you put all the effort into making their present presentable!
Vendors, attendees and event coordinators all agreed, amidst the dancing and drinking, that this year’s toast was not to be missed.
If you didn’t go this year, avert your eyes in the case you may never recover. This was, by far, the “best” Toast of Harwich to date.
Highlights from the night included:
Joe from Cranberry Liquors (sorry dad)
The High West Bourbon tasting was a success! Bill, our rep from Horizon, even commented how people were surprised and excited by the whiskey (and the whiskey tasting!)
The food was awesome, with Guy from the Mason Jar doing his famous desserts on a mirror, Red’s making their first appearance with Italian catering, salsa and other soiree food from Buca’s, and the Wequassett even got down with their “snicky-snacks.”
Mark from Trio Wines did his usual best – and new people fell in love with one of our favorite wine reps.
an excellent performance from the Rip it Ups: live music got people on the floor dancing.
Most notably, the online auction was a great fundraiser. Years past, the auction was “silent,” and the bidding took place only at the event. This year, previews of the items, bidding and winning all took place online. This allowed people to partake in a totally different way… and proved to be a profitable endeavor for the Chamber.
Harwich was there in full swing, and Cranberry Liquors is thrilled to have coordinated the spirits for the evening.
Check out some of the pictures Taylor Anne Williams took this year. (She is semi-counter girl at C.Liquors, photographer and artist.)
Just in Case You Thought the Toast of Harwich was for Wine aficionados only, you are mistaken!
This year, the annual Toast of Harwich will be pouring High West Whiskey.
High WestWhiskey is made in a distillery in Utah. This bourbon is excellent.
These three whiskey bourbons are featured tastings at the Toast courtesy of Horizon Beverages:
– The American Prairie Bourbon – High West’s Campfire Whiskey – Rendezvous Rye
The names are not only cheesy and American, they have significance.
For instance, the American Prairie Bourbon™ donates 10% of the proceeds to the Prairie Reservation in Montana!
Nose: Light caramel and sweet vanilla Taste: Rich and earthy on the palate with well balanced flavors of candy corn, honey nougat and sweet corn bread biscuits Finish: Vanilla with a hint of caramel apple
Cranberry Liquors offers High West American Prairie Bourbon $31.99
The Rendezvous Rye is named after a annual “pelt-trade” from the mid-1800’s. From High West’s Website:
Our flagship whiskey commemorates the first recorded whiskey-fest out West. From 1825 to 1840, the “rendezvous” was the annual summer gathering of mountain men to exchange pelts for supplies. Alcohol was not one of the “supplies” at the first rendezvous. This oversight was QUICKLY corrected with a generous supply of whiskey at the second rendezvous in Utah’s Cache Valley.
The Rendezvous Rye, for instance, is hot. As in spicy. Traditionally made with two rye mashes, these whiskey bourbons are not typical. They’re old school.
The Rendezvous Rye is a (top secret) blend of straight rye whiskies.
Cranberry Liquors sells the Rendezvous Double Rye Whisky for $38.99.
The High West Campfire Whiskey is another top secret blend. “A blend of bourbon, rye, and peated scotch whisky, ranging in age from 5-8 years old.” At 46%, or 92 proof, it is possibly the most dangerous and/or flammable.
The Campfire whiskey is also the most expensive at $61.99 (keep this in mind while tasting at the Wequassett Resort.) 😉
Perhaps most excitingly, these bourbon whiskeys are all 91-94 point award winners, from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate to Jim Murray’s or Whiskey Advocate. It’s super impressive to see so many awards from one outstanding company.
As mentioned previously, these three whiskeys will be available at this year’s Toast Of Harwich, this Saturday, April 28th.
tl;dr: Cranberry Liquors and this blog writer think this will be the best Toast of Harwich yet.
the 2018 Toast Of Harwich is only ten days away…
Ten days, people!
White Knight Prosecco – Baystate Wines will be bringing the bubbly for this year’s VIP Toast
I’d let the ad do all the talking… if I wasn’t paid by the word.
In all seriousness,
Cranberry Liquors continues to work hard with local merchants and our wine and spirit distributors who will be showing off their latest and greatest product.
The White Knight is an excellent sparkly Prosecco (that’s the Italian varietal of champagne – only France makes champagne.)
Ninety points non-withstanding, here’s the shimmy on the White Knight:
It’s not as dry as a typical champagne. “Fruit forward” was one of many descriptions I read for this wine.
Prosecco is used as the main ingredient in a Bellini
Proseccos are usually served as an aperitif – or before the meal being served.
It will be used as the VIP Toast
If you will not participate in this toast don’t worry!
There will be a representative of Baystate Wines who will have some available to taste. Stephanie is on schedule to pour the selection Cranberry Liquors and Baystate Wines came up with for this year.
Fun Fact: Prosecco isn’t always sparkling! Spumante is the sparkling version and Frizzante is semi-sparkling . Tranquillo is the still varietal of what us Americans call Prosecco.
The VIP Toast is as much a tradition as the Toast of Harwich itself, which is probably why Joe picked it for me to write about.
In case all of this means nothing to you (why are you still reading?) the Toast of Harwich is an annual charity supporting Harwich’s Chamber of Commerce. Locals, snowbirds and merchants alike come together on this fabulous evening looking fly as all get-out.
There are some tickets left if you are interested in attending. Read about this year’s toast here, or get your ticket now here.
As I said before, this year’s toast is shaping up to be the best ever.
PS: No I didn’t write that last year.
PPS: No, I won’t be saying it next year.
Feel free to contact Harwich’s Chamber of Commerce directly with any questions (or leave it in the comments!)
It’s crazy when you remember this past weekend was 50 degrees. Spring was a glimmer in everyone’s eye. Today, that same view is a dreary white tunnel similar to a frozen abyss.
Cranberry Liquors is here to brighten your spirits! With… spirits!
Several of our local customers have already been asking us about our ‘Winter Wine Sale.’
To confirm, the Winter Wine Sale is on.
Starting February 1st and running 28 days (this year) our most popular tradition begins again.
CRANBERRY LIQUORS WINTER WINE SALE
20% any 750 ml bottle
for the month of February
Cranberry Liquors started this sale several February’s ago: During a particularly miserable, slow and (dare I say depressing?) trying winter season, Joe came up with the idea that it would benefit our customers and get people excited by offering all regular sized (750ml) wines at 20% off.
Typically, Cranberry Liquors offers a hefty discount like this on 12 bottle sales. However, for the shortest month of the year, C.Liquors treats this month like an opportunity to make room for new product, drum up excitement in our sleepy little town, and most of all, offer all of our wines at an incredible discount.
We hope you use this February promotion to try new wines, stock up on your favorites, and visit us more often! This is the month where we DON’T recommend buying a case. That’s right, get out of your snow covered mountain, drive to Harwich Port center and see the shining faces waiting to serve you.
Side Note: Our Yellow tagged promotional items are already heavily discounted – we cannot discount them any further as that would not be legal (more on the legality in another post!)
What’s the Catch?
No catch! This is why, when January nears, our wine aficionados, our local-e-o-cles and snowbirds alike look forward to this sale.
Maybe our staff at Cranberry understands how February is typically a slow month for local businesses, making the days short and the money shorter…
Never fear! C.Liquors is here. With twenty percent off of any 750ml bottle in our store, you now have more budget latitude in re-plenishing your wine reserve. It is without a doubt the best wine sale on Cape Cod… hence the reason we chose the 28 day month.
Comment, call or visit us at 555 Main Street, Harwichport Route 28. The countdown is on.
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Here’s a Secret from a Liquor Store Insider: You know those holiday gift sets you see this time of year? Yeah… we get those. We also don’t pay for promotional packaging.
Therefore, at Cranberry Liquors, we also don’t charge our customers for them.
Have you ever seen a bottle of (pick your favorite), neatly packed into a box with the “gadget de jour”?
Perched on our shelves and scattered around the “Specials” sections of the store, you will definitely find them. It’s pretty convenient, the way these big liquor companies come out with liquor specific cups, packed inside a perfectly wrappable,
rectangular box. Those sneaky companies know exactly when to bring out the rectangular packages!
Fortunately, you’ve clicked into this blog. You are now aware of the wile-y ways of our product manufacturers. We’ve gotten so many promotional items over the years and they have only gotten cooler as time goes on. From coolers and shakers in the summer to cognac and whiskey glasses in the winter… now you know!
Most people are afraid to ask so you’ve heard it here officially. Promotional packaging is exactly that: so take your Christmas gift-giving game up a notch and buy one of those rectangular looking packages with tchochkes inside… it’ll cost you the same!