It is quite tempting to intro this spirits-, brews- and beer-related post with big exclamation points following a drawn-out exclamation: “Booze!” But I will try to keep things classy and restrain myself. However, thanks to a boom in local distiller and craft brewery products in our fair city, I can’t guarantee your recipient will be able to contain their glee over these gifts:
Brave Horse Tavern Beer Club Membership
This is one club where the benefits far outweigh the dues: For $10 a year, Brave Horse Tavern is offering a ‘beer club’ membership for its loyal fans, with perks like deep discounts on brews, exclusive invitations to events, “free stuff” (mugs, openers and the like) and a year subscription to Beer West.
All the Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars
For the gin-lovin’ man (or woman) in your life: Michael Turbak, author of the new book All the Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars (CreateSpace), may not be a local, but he sure dishes out a lot of local love in his nationwide romp through the best gin-based drinks and recipes. Local legends Andrew Friedman of Liberty, Keenan Ahlo Keenan of BOKA Kitchen + Bar and Jermain Whitead and Aleko Lilly of Barrio all get shout-outs in this delightful read.
12 Locally-Made Spirits to Buy
This month, our own cocktail expert A.J. Rathbun calls out the top shelf liquors, from brandy to absinthe or grappa to vodka, made in Washington. Read up and grab a bottle for that special someone’s stocking.
“Beer-ings” Re-purposed Bottle Cap Earrings, Butter Home
Sport that beer love with pride: This pretty pair of earrings from Capitol Hill’s Butter Home are made from hand-hammered beer caps hung on sterling silver wire.
Woodinville Whiskey “Age Your Own Whiskey” Kit (pictured above)
Admittedly, this bad boy ain’t cheap, but getting to play pretend as an adult (as in pretending to be master of your own distilling domain) seems pretty priceless to me: Craft a batch of the Woodinville-based whiskey purveyor’s White Dog unaged liquor in the 2-liter oak barrel; the extra-small barrel works fast, so recipients will be downing perfectly aged whiskey in time for the next set of holidays (or three to six months).