When was the last time you sat down and had a nice, ice-cold Budweiser? Like 2007, right? According to this piece in USA Today, beer (and when they say beer, they mean the moderately priced, mass-produced, watery schlock that we all downed in college) is just not selling the way it used to.
It's high eggnog latte season, it's true. But I prefer more filling ways to warm up. If, like me, you can't seem to shake the chill--and the forecast is for frozen temps until Monday--here, a few ideas for how to warm up from the inside out.
For those in need of clever gift ideas, have we got one hot tip: This Saturday, December 7, Woodville Whiskey Co. plans to release its 2013 Limited Collector’s Edition Bourbon, complete with a heavy-duty, display-worthy pewter label. What makes these 600 bottles (and only 600!) so special is that they contain the coveted spoils from its first five barrels of whiskey ever produced at the distillery.
Must ShopUrban Craft Uprising(12/7 to 12/8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Shop the local, artisanal, indie offerings—including funky bags by Alchemy Goods, bodacious belts by Steel Toe Studios and lovely prints by Frida Clements—at this ultra-crafty two-day fest at the Seattle Center.
When the Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers (that’s Forty-whiners) again on Sunday, December 8 (seahawks.com), show your support by stocking up on 12-packs of The 12th Can. Made by Ballard-based Hilliard’s Beer, the new 12th Can pale ale brew is specially formulated to increase touchdowns. Available at most grocery stores. hilliardsbeer.com
Neiman Marcus fashion director (and a local boy made good), Ken Downing, has created a collection of 37 gifts for NM this year, including items for men, women, kids and the home, ranging in price from $32 to $1,800.
Lisa Murphy, the women behind Pacific Place’s Emilie Sloan, a sweet boutique filled with smart, durable and well-designed totes, bags (and now, luggage), has created a holiday train display in her store—a perfect thing to add to your annual downtown holiday excursion.
The most famous shopping day of the year, Black Friday (though Cyber Monday is gaining in popularity), is also one of nuttiest days of the year. And I can think of few activities that demand a drink when you're done like wading through a sea of shoppers for hours to find that one perfect deal. To help offset the shopping-till-you're-dropping stress, here are four drinks perfect for post-Black Friday. Be sure you have the ingredients, so you can come home from the stores, make a drink and put your feet up.
Must LaughThe Habit Comedy Show(12/1, 8 p.m.) — Seattle sketch comedy group The Habit is back with a new live show at The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Bonus: Read Habit cast member John Osebold’s tips on upping your own comedic ante in our November issue.Must Kill the Mouse KingPNB’s The Nutcracker
It all began a year ago last September. I was chatting with Sun Liquor barman Erik Chapman about his homemade eggnog for our December issue. I'd heard very good things about his boozy nog, which he makes the weekend of Thanksgiving and ages for a month. But I'd never tasted it; he only serves it on Christmas eve and Christmas day and for me, it's pretty hard to sneak away at those times.
Seattle-based jewelry Susan Goodwin is having a trunk show at Capers in West Seattle on Saturday, November 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Goodwin has been creating gorgeous one-of-a-kind with pearls and precious stones since 1980 and is a perennial favorite at Capers. Stop by and stock up for the holidays.