We’ll keep a lid on the day-drinking jokes, but adult beverages are definitely a must-give this year. The Olympia region offers an array of craft beer, wine and spirits for the cocktail enthusiast in your life.
Fun pandemic fact: The Caipirinha cocktail was originally created to relieve symptoms of the Spanish flu in Brazil in the early 20th century. Cheers!
GIVE THE GIFT OF OLYMPIA AND BEYOND THIS SEASON
For those seeking an antidote for current times, a brew of bubbles, honey and alcohol will surely make the pandemic go down a little easier. Axis Meads offers handcrafted, quality, small-batch meads, fermented to perfection and bursting with creative flavors, from fruit to chilies to chocolate and more. Easy sipping for hard times.
If you’re looking for gift options for the beer fanatic sheltering in place, Porch Drops by Three Magnets Brewing offers some great options. Forget the mainstream IPAs and overhyped stouts, this online shop is all about great [expletive] beer. With a few clicks, build a holiday pandemic care package complete with samplings from new, nano- and under-the-radar PNW breweries.
Leave the candy canes to the kids and give the very holiday-ish peppermint liqueur from Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs. Strong, full-bodied and made from real peppermint leaves, this versatile delight is ideal for drizzling over ice cream, splashing in hot cocoa or sipping in a darkened pantry. This year, there’s no wrong way to enjoy it.
For friends and family up for a safe, small and tasty gathering outside the ever-shrinking four walls of home—we’re fine, really—Sandstone Distillery offers an outdoor, five-flight tasting experience for groups of four or less. Your choice of clear or amber spirits, hand-crafted from Washington grains and distilled to perfection.
What’s better than the gift of a tasty trip back to simpler times? This unique holiday season, Stottle Winery offers the 2015 Virtual Tasting Three Pack. The special package comes with Stottle’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Big Eddie red blend, along with a video to create a virtual tasting experience at home. Pairs well with social distancing.
Top Rung Brewery
Raise the gift-giving bar this year with a growler of My Dog Scout Stout from Top Rung Brewery. This deceptively smooth selection overflows with chocolate and coffee. Made from eight different malts and black as a winter’s night, this brew is perfect for any season, pandemic or not.