December 7, 2019
As you’re working away at your holiday shopping list, there’s always a few folks who are hard to buy for. When it comes to those gift recipients, we recommend visiting your local Co-op Wine Spirits Beer store and perusing the aisles to select a unique gift they can share with others—or save just for themselves.
Craft a craft beer box…
An easy gift for a beer lover is to shop the huge array of local Calgary and made-in-Alberta craft beer at Co-op, and put together a sampler box. There are literally dozens of amazing local breweries doing outstanding things with malt and hops and Rocky Mountain water, and assembling a box with a bunch of different beer to try lets them taste their way across the city or the province without having to find a designated driver. You can find many single cans, 4-packs and more to customize your beer box. Look for Legend 7 Brewing, Canmore Brewing, Tool Shed, 88 Brewing, Snake Lake and Railyard beer options, just to name a small few of what’s available at Co-op.
…or use our craft beer box! Pick up an beer advent calendar!
No time to pick and choose? You can pick up one of the fun beer advent calendars we have in store. Look for versions from Parallel 49 and Red Racer. The Parallel 49 Craft Beer Pack includes 24 new and exclusive beers packaged in 355ml cans, offering different styles, flavours and strengths of brews, while the Red Racer version, The Red Racer Great Canadian Outdoor Adventure Pack includes 24 new and exclusive beers packaged in 500 ml cans, featuring lagers, barrel aged beers, spirit-infused concoctions, and everything in between.
Bubbles Are the Festive Drink We All Need This Season
At Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, we’re big bubbly fans. From Prosecco to Champagne and Cava, we love it all and so we love to recommend bringing bubbly to a special event instead of wine, or giving a beautiful bottle as a gift.
Serving a glass of beautiful sparkling wine as a welcome drink when guests arrive at your house is also the perfect way to say that they’re special (and don’t get us started on our love for a Christmas morning mimosa!). This season we’re absolutely loving the flavours and the value of Lanson Black Label Champagne and Mumm Carte Classique, but don’t hesitate to ask any of our sommeliers for a personalized recommendation or pairing suggestion.
Unique Bottles of Local Craft Spirits
Alberta’s craft spirit industry has absolutely taken off, and we’re seeing some of the most carefully created, masterfully executed spirits coming to shelves. If the person you’re shopping for loves vodka, gin, or even brown liquor, you can find a locally made option.
We firmly believe a bottle of Alberta-crafted spirits made with Alberta grains is one of the best gifts to send to someone out of town or even out of the country. Look for Wild Life Distillery, Burwood Distillery, Alberta Pure, Epitaph Gin, Krang Distilling or Confluence. These are all local brands that are definitely worth a try.
Snag a Discovery Wine Bag
A really great idea this time of year is to pick up one of Co-op Wine Spirits Beer’s Discovery Wine Packs. These 6-packs of mixed wines are perfect to keep at the house for sipping all season long. You can sample your way through them yourself, or keep a stash for taking to dinner parties—or for those awkward moments when the neighbours drop by with an unexpected gift for you. You can choose a Red Wine Bag, White Wine Bag or a Mixed Bag—or why not get one of each? They change each month so there’s plenty of variety and a substantial cost savings too!
And don’t forget to grab a few wine and spirits gift bags at the store. Keep a few of them in the car and at home so that if you’re heading to a dinner party, you have a nice package to wrap your hostess bottle in (or if those neighbours materialize). There’s a wide selection of prints and styles so you can keep a variety on hand for giving.
Whatever you’re shopping for, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is the place to find unique and welcome gifts.
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