Welcome to our first and, hopefully, last COVID summer. As much as there is a lot of ‘abnormal’ to this ‘new normal’, the good things that Cape Cod has to offer remain pretty much the same. Good Weather, Good Beaches, somewhat limited shopping and dining.
The good news is Cranberry Liquors is open for business!
Stop by and browse (don’t forget your mask!) or order for curbside pick-up. Either way, we’re ready for you.
And be sure to check out our ever-expanding selection of fine wine, craft beer, cider, bourbon, gin and cigars.
Because, even during this COVID-crazy summer, Cranberry Liquors is and remains: The Spirit of Harwich Port!
Which, if you were wondering, is sort of like morphin’ time. Happy Valentine’s Day, Cape Cod!
Cranberry Liquors is celebrating – especially today, the great month that is February. If you haven’t yet, swing by and check out our awesome selection of wine. Why should you?
From $8 Rioja to $50 Rosé, our wines from all over the world are 20 percent off.
So if you’re a bit stuck on flowers, or don’t have the time to laminate that card you were making, we have some grape ideas.
GRAPE IDEA #1
If Your Heart is in Cham-bles…
Make a pink drink that will leave Rosé looking shameful.
If you are looking for a great way to soirée this evening, my go to idea is Champagne + Chambord.
The nice thing about cassis is its ability to compliment a white or sparkly wine. Buy a small bottle of that stuff -heck, even a miniature bottle (aka a nip) and *bam*! You’ve Lagasse’d that drink and officially kicked it up a notch.
(FYI, we gift wrap – for free! We also have the coolest blank cards you’ll find in Harwich Port for a buck. They were designed with these days in mind… just in case you don’t have the time, we’ve got you covered.)
Enough about the raspberry drink that is my favorite…
GRAPE IDEA #2
If you’ve got plans this evening or are waiting around for a dinner reservation, I highly recommend taking your date to peruse the aisles!
Even without our Winter Wine Sale one of my favorite things to watch is any couple making their way through our selection.
Think you know your valentine? Watch that person consider our selection. The way in which a nervous date spouts off everything they know about a varietal… we’ll leave you alone to lurk, but let’s just say, you can learn a lot from shopping wines.
(Did you forget reservations? This is your reminder if so!)
GRAPE IDEA #3
If you are alone this evening, welcome to the club! Come on by, where we can ameliorate your woes and remedy that thing we call loneliness. Maybe you’ll bump into that person you’ve been stalking on Facebook!
Jokes aside, we have determined, with countless repeat customers over the year, your plans for this evening can be a visit to your favorite spot. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy something together…
You are never alone with Cranberry Liquors <3!
GRAPE IDEA #4
Obscure Strongbad Reference
If you are dating a teetotaler, we carry cigars and other things that fit inside an envelope (but don’t buy her scratch tickets… in case you are reading this dad…)
As I mentioned earlier, we’re here for you today and everyday, Cape Cod.
May George Thorogood wail louder than the wind as you read this: “Who Do You Loooooove?”
Oh! That reminds me! Best of Cape Cod is coming soon and we’re going to need your vote!
It seems like the holiday season comes up like a getaway driver trying to make a deadline.
We’re here to help. Let’s talk politics and then maybe start Christmas shopping.
We’re here to help. Let’s talk brewskis and watch the game.
Sluice (rhymes with loose) Juice.
You’re probably wondering what’s good for new beers. If you haven’t tried them yet, Bent Water – a brewery out of Lynn, MA – has made some reportedly [link to reviews affirming this ] great beer, albeit some very strange name choices. But names are weird anyway and we’ve got a game to watch, so back to the matter at hand.
What’s on Tap
￼ SLUICE JUICE NEW ENGLAND IPA ABV: 6.2% WITH AROMATICS OF ORANGE, TANGERINE AND LIME PEEL, SLUICE JUICE IS OUR JUICY, HAZY AND SMOOTH NEW ENGLAND IPA.
It’s called Bent Water Sluice. And at $14.99 and 9% alcohol, if you enjoy a good IPA, this crafty beer is a no-brainer.
The Double Thunder Funk
$15.80 (plus deposit)
When you succeed with an IPA called Thunder Funk, the next thing you do is deliver a Double IPA called Double Thunder Funk.
From their website:
DOUBLE IPA ABV: 9.2% DOUBLE THUNDER FUNK IS THE BIG, BAD SIBLING OF OUR BEST SELLING BEER, THUNDER FUNK.
TO MAKE IT, WE TOOK OUR ORIGINAL THUNDER FUNK RECIPE AND MADE EVERYTHING BIGGER: MORE GRAIN AND MORE HOPS, RESULTING IN MORE POWER AND MORE FLAVOR. DESPITE CLOCKING IN AT 9.2% ABV, THIS MONSTER IPA IS SURPRISINGLY SUBTLE IN ITS STRENGTH YET DELIVERS INTENSE HOP AROMA AND FLAVOR.
What Else Do we Have?
Boris 6 pack $12.99 Goat 4 pack, 16 oz $11.99 Pearl 4 pack, 16 oz $11.25 Premium Lager: 4 pack, 16 oz $10.99
Another super cool, wicked popular IPA is the Suborbital. We sell the 4 pk, 16 oz￼ for $12.99.
4 pk 16 oz: $16.99 –
You can read all about their beers and their brewery by clicking here.
As we mentioned earlier, times are strange. There’s no better than time than in these strange days [indeed] to get down with some strange brew.
Next post: We’ve got you covered this Thanksgiving. Trust us on this one.
It isn’t very often at all that we taste a new family of wines and decide to bring in all of the wines we taste. Usually, one or two stand out. One or two are, frankly, ‘duds.’
That said, we’ve selected some of our favorites to tell you more about: the Casale del Giglio family of wine.
Not so with the new (to Cranberry Liquors) wines from Casale del Giglio. Located 50 kilometers south of Rome, Casale del Giglio has been making red and white mono-varietal wines for almost 20 years.
So without further ado,Cranberry Liquors is pleased to introduce our favorite, most recent favorite: Casale del Giglio
C.Liquor’s 5 Out of 5
A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon and 20% Trebbiano Giallo grapes*. This elegant blend reveals a fruity, lightly aromatic yet mineral nose, confirmed on the palate by a pleasing crispness and a lengthy finish. Satrico is a very drinkable white blend. Great with appetizers and fish dishes.
his white wine is produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes cultivated in densely planted rows (over 4,000 vines per hectare) and harvested in early September. A low yield per vine ensures that the grapes will be rich in sugar without losing crucial acidity. This wine reveals acacia flowers, peach and banana on the nose. Serve with grilled fish dishes or white meat casseroles. This chardonnay is authentically and varietally on point, which is a lot to say about your tried-and-true chardonnay.
Petit Manseng ($18.99)
A unique if not obscure varietal, the wine is intensely aromatic, fruity and spicy on the nose, fresh, crisp and flinty on the palate. An exquisitely structured wine which bows out on a seductive, fruit-filled finish. Like all good whites, this one pairs well with your favorite fish dinner. If you enjoy the adventure of discovering something new, Petit Manseng is your next stop!
Petit Verdot ($18.99)
Usually a minor player in certain red blends, this 100% Petit Verdot is a deep crimson wine which displays an intense, lingering aroma of red berry fruit, cherry, myrtle and juniper. Elegant and full-bodied, with rich velvety tannins, the wine presents a spicy, white peppery finish. Very good with oven roasted meats. This Petit Verdot = a red blend built for spicing things up.
Mater Matuta ($52.99)
A red blend of Syrah 85% and Petit Verdot 15%. A deep, dense, ruby-red wine which displays outstanding personality both on the nose and on the palate with its aroma of coffee beans, violets, ripe black cherry, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon. Silky and seductive, but perfectly supported by fine tannins and a pleasing astringency. Mater Matuta Lazio Rosso delivers a long, lush finish. Mater Matuta is a fine wine as a crowning touch to any gourmet dinner.
If you’re in the mood for trying something new, give this wine family a closer look. As they say at del Giglio:
The future of Italian viticulture relies not only on consolidating the image of its traditional wine producing zones but on its ability to produce top quality wines at favorable prices in areas whose potential is still relatively unexplored.
Hopefully this post finds you warm in a wonderful way on this breezy (dare we say chilly?) day.
Stop in and check these out for yourself, quick before they all fly off the shelf!
Maybe you don’t, but many people are trading in their IPA’s for a lighter sweeter thing we call spiked seltzer. Depending on the brand, there are a myriad of ways in which these cans of summer nectar outshine their predecessors… the wine cooler.
Many people are not aware of what a “malt beverage” really is. Originally, a wine cooler was a wine mixed with juice, kind of like the alcoholic sweet tea sangria.
Sangria, for example, is an excellent example of what a wine cooler could be.
If you’ve ever had a Mike’s hard lemonade, or punished your friends with a Smirnoff Ice, any of many of summer’s carbonated favorites are also known as “Malternatives.”
What does this have to do with Spiked Seltzer?
Simply put, spiked seltzers have been absolutely dominating this summer.
The article (click) with the clickbait title that inspired this post basically credits White Claw for the market domination, but the reality is these Spiked seltzers, similarly to regular seltzers, are increasing in popularity this summer.
The numbers don’t mean anything in that article either, but the reality is apparent: People love these drinks.
White Claw Spiked Seltzer, as well as most of their competitors are:
2g carbs ” making them pretty health happy, gluten-sensitive and keto- friendly if you imbibe.
Who Else Makes Great Spiked Seltzer?
The most exciting drink of this summer (in my humble opinion) is brought to you by… *drumroll*…
Harpoon and Polar?!?!
Yes that’s right folks. Polar, the creators of the awesome summer seltzers like this one:
have collaborated with the likes of Harpoon to make Arctic Summer.
Click here to learn more about Arctic Summer. I discovered it by asking my little brother what it was when he came back from C.Liquors with it. Not only did he know about the Polar/Harpoon epic collaboration, he really enjoyed it.
Naturally gluten-free, 5% alcohol… seeing a trend here people?
Naaaah, Nah Nah Nah Nah… Here Comes the Upstander
Maybe the OG Spiked Seltz at our store, “Spiked Seltzer”, or the white cans with the mermaids on them. At least originally, of their 6 ingredients, vodka and seltzer were the primary two.
Since they popped up in 2015, recipes and owners have changed. Now the single brewer from Boston is part of a company is called ‘Bon and Viv,” but the mermaids remain! Read more here
Because That’s the Way it Truly Is, Truly-uly-uly is…
Last and definitely not least, we’ve got Truly.
From their website:
” Truly Hard Seltzer is pure and clean. It contains no gluten, liquor or spirits. The alcohol (ABV 5%) comes from fermenting all natural cane sugar. Each of our styles has hints of fruit for a delicious flavor and clean finish. Clean
When a company is this upfront about their ingredients, recipe and process, we’ve got a good product people!
These guys are probably the most wallet friendly and also the least “hip”. Must I say more?
We want to know what you think! Are you riding the spiked seltzer waves this summer, or are you Corona (or Kona, for that matter) ride or die, tried and true? And “malternatives”… how do we feel about all that?
Until next time, stay carbonated! It is mid-July, after all…
It was mission accomplished as we kicked off July.
Cranberry Liquors succeeded in selling all of our tried and true, from Whispering Angel to Wachusett Blueberry.
Like Numbers? So do we!
Between Wednesday, July third and Saturday, July sixth, we:
served 2561 customers
4080 12 oz cans of spiked seltzer
3111 pounds of ice
2604 12 oz cans (not bottles, cans) of Bud Light
2214 Glasses of rose
42 gallons of vodka.
Not to mention loads of fine wine, gin, tequila, mixers, Corona (with limes, of course) and craft beer…
Let’s just say that this little liquor store is a powerhouse… steeped in cool.
Besides getting the scoop on #capecod, there are corners of our store which tuck away the most absurd, the most excellent, the most “I can’t believe you have this” liquors, wine and beer of which you may or may not have ever heard.
Most of all, we’re busy getting you to your summer bliss, whatever that means to you this year!
TL;DR: Cranberry Liquors wants to kiss all our customers for bringing the awesome, positive and celebratory vibes which are positively radiant.
In so doing, thank you for helping us kick this summer off correctly!
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Suffice it to say, we owe it all to our awesome customers. Joe has always brought this idea that all the preparation we do each week is “sort of like throwing a party. I just hope that people want to come.”
I love this attitude!
“Big” weekends on Cape Cod are sort of a big deal for our business… and many, many others on Cape Cod. Yes, traffic can grind to a stop especially even if your air conditioning is not functioning. That said, however, traffic has been trickling in all week long and we think this weekend will be an awesome one from the weather to the windows to the walls (no whammy, no whammy, no whammy!)
Thank you for making us Cape Cod Life’s favorite Liquor Store for the 5th year running. We can’t wait to say hello, to patrons both new and old this weekend.
We’ll be making the most of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
We’ll definitely find a way to celebrate our Brand New Gold Star too, so don’t miss out as we kick off both the Summer of 2019 as well as our shoes. Just as soon as we finish our shift.
Need a last minute gift for the mom’s in your life?
No? Ok, have a good weekend!
No matter which moms you are celebrating Cranberry Liquors wants to give you our best suggestion for this upcoming celebratory day…
Not a wine with a “flowery finish.”
Not a rosé with bouquet in the description.
Buy mom flowers!
Yes, that’s correct, Alex. In soil or cut, fresh cut or freshly potted. Everyone loves flowers. Everyone appreciates flowers, especially if you know them well enough to describe them to a florist. It helps to know if they have an allergy to pollen, but even that is an easy detour.
Personally I like living flowers. Whereas other people can’t keep a plant alive to save their lives (also me, hence cacti…). Others still have a cupboard full of unused vases.
I guess our only suggestion would be to reach her sooner than later, because like any good florist, she’s got to plan ahead for your moms!
Exit the Groupon “experience.”
Chuck the tchotchkes.
Halt the Hallmark ! # Haltmark ™
Jump the fence and cut your neighbor’s hydrangeas! Ok… don’t do that.
In all seriousness, to all the wonderful moms out there, who tolerated raising people in such a crazy, crazy life, we toast to you. Happy Mother’s Day.
Thanks for being mom.
PS: WHY is there so much hype around Mother’s Day, and not Father’s Day? I think people are excited about spring… or maybe it’s because MOMs really are the best. <3
P.P.S. We get it – the 1-800-flowers route is easy. We are locally yo-cal kind of folks (hidey-ho, neighbor!) Also, if you haven’t noticed, the Cape Cod Mall is closing. Support your local businesses, folks!