Gifts for Your List

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. 

beer advent calendar…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. 

mumm champagne2Bubbles 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.

confluence4Unique 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.

discovery wine packs2Snag 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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For all the reasons you love BC, you’ll love BC wines.

For all the reasons you love BC, you’ll love BC wines.

As we explore all the different ways to toast Canada’s 150th, the wines of BC loom large, and for very good reasons.

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Spirits of Alberta

Spirits of Alberta

From gin, to vodka and even that favourite of the tropics, rum, Alberta is producing an amazing variety of spirits.

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Simple Ways to Serve Vodka

Simple Ways to Serve Vodka

It’s been 150 years since Canada’s Confederation, and a notable reason to celebrate our great country.

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Pairing Food with Alberta Beer and Spirits

Pairing Food with Alberta Beer and Spirits

We’ve got the rolling prairies, the towering Rockies and a reputation for being the friendliest province in the country.

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Alberta Beers Close to Home

Alberta Beers Close to Home

150 years ago Canada had about 150 breweries, which meant Canada’s 3.5 million people had lots of options to celebrate the birth of our nation.

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So a cowboy walks into a bar and orders a semi-sweet rose…

So a cowboy walks into a bar and orders a semi-sweet rose…

How about something a little out of the ordinary to toast Canada’s 150th – wine from Alberta.

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Renew, Refresh and Revitalize in the Heat of Summer

Renew, Refresh and Revitalize in the Heat of Summer

When it comes to beating the heat of the summer we can rely on some tried, tested and trusted wine styles to keep our palates...

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Crown Royal

Crown Royal

For whisky drinkers, there is a distinguished history that is truly Canadian.

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Uniquely Canadian Cocktails

Uniquely Canadian Cocktails

A good cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate any holiday and with our nations 150th birthday upon us, I've combed the country for some...

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Prairie Pairings

Prairie Pairings

When we think of the Prairies, we think rolling hills, miles upon miles of wheat, soybeans or corn blowing in the wind and a horizon...

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Great Western Brewing Company's Inspiring Past

Great Western Brewing Company's Inspiring Past

It’s a story of determination, camaraderie, and a serious love of brewing beer.

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Five Great Homegrown Canadian Whiskies

Five Great Homegrown Canadian Whiskies

There’s more than just scotch at the new World of Whisky store in downtown Calgary.

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Why Wayne Gretzky is a Natural for Our 150th All-Star Liquor Team

Why Wayne Gretzky is a Natural for Our 150th All-Star Liquor Team

In this year of celebrating 150 years of our great nation, we will pause and reflect on many things that make our nation great. Like hockey.

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Cocktails That Will Get You Singing O’Canada

Cocktails That Will Get You Singing O’Canada

Ontario is home to dozens of successful, unique, and award-winning distilleries.

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Ontario Food and Drink Pairings

Ontario Food and Drink Pairings

For some, it's the de facto centre of the universe for Canada, but others cast a more wary eye on Ontario, which can often be...

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The Perfect Way to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday

The Perfect Way to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday

The perfect way to celebrate Canada’s birthday? With reds and whites of course.

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A Booming Brewing Industry

A Booming Brewing Industry

It's fair to say that the craft beer industry in North America has exploded over the past decade.

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Molson Canadian

Molson Canadian

Canadians have a great reputation both at home and abroad, as a peaceful nation, with a polite population (“sorry” for everything), hockey crazy, and beer loving.

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Vive la Quebec Libations

Vive la Quebec Libations

Quebec plays a starring role in Canada’s history (some of Canada’s earliest settlements were Quebec City in 1608, and Montreal in 1642).

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French Cuisine and Libations

French Cuisine and Libations

Some of the most famous 'Canadian' foods have their origins in La Belle Province.

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Pop Shoppe Lime Ricky and Cream Soda

Pop Shoppe Lime Ricky and Cream Soda

As we get ready to celebrate 150 years of Confederation, there are great beverages that have marked good times over the years, including the Pop Shoppe.

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A Spirited Micro-distillery in Montreal

A Spirited Micro-distillery in Montreal

This unique, artisanal micro-distillery has earned a reputation as a ‘must see’ for tourists and locals alike! Located in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest district, Cirka distillery is...

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Toast the 150th with Brews Canada’s Founding Fathers May Have Sipped

Toast the 150th with Brews Canada’s Founding Fathers May Have Sipped

In 1867, Canada became a country with four provinces; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

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A Toast to the Coast!

A Toast to the Coast!

When the world’s largest ice cubes float past your door each day, you might have a different outlook on life, and cocktails.

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Gather Your Friends and Throw a Ceilidh

Gather Your Friends and Throw a Ceilidh

There is a long-standing tradition on Canada's East Coast. When there's a celebration to be had, Maritimers throw a kitchen party or ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee).

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Spirits That Put a Jig in Your Step!

Spirits That Put a Jig in Your Step!

Canada’s Maritime provinces aren’t just known for their amazing seafood, but also their love of spirits.

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Let's Kick Off our Tour Across Canada with a Kitchen Party

Let's Kick Off our Tour Across Canada with a Kitchen Party

On July 1st Canada marks the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, where the British Colonies, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined in one Dominion.

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Collectible whisky that won't break the bank

Collectible whisky that won't break the bank

Calgary Co-op's World of Whisky store sells some of the rarest and most expensive bottles of scotch in the world.

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Craft Beer from Across the Globe

Craft Beer from Across the Globe

There’s no denying that craft beer has exploded in popularity over the past five years.

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Easy Make-Ahead Party Cocktails

Easy Make-Ahead Party Cocktails

PUNCH ROMAINE As served in First Class on the RMS Titanic1egg white1 ounce white rum1 ounce white wine1/2 ounce simple syrup1/2 ounce lemon juice1 ounce...

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Big Boots Brew Day

Big Boots Brew Day

Did you know that brewing beer was at one time a woman’s job, not a mans? In fact, in ancient Egypt beer was traditionally brewed...

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Co-op's Iron Sommelier

Co-op's Iron Sommelier

It's time to break out the bubbly at Co-op. Mike Roberts, Co-op's Sommelier Manager was the overall winner at the city's annual Iron Sommelier Competition,...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Tasty Tequila Drinks

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Tasty Tequila Drinks

Cinco de Mayo - or the fifth of May – is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory during the Franco-Mexican War.

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Syrah or Shiraz great for the Grilling Season.

Syrah or Shiraz great for the Grilling Season.

Syrah or Shiraz great for the Grilling Season.

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The Voyage to Discover Spanish Wines

The Voyage to Discover Spanish Wines

Expansive, not Expensive!

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Taking Another Look at Beaujolais Wine

Taking Another Look at Beaujolais Wine

Taking Another Look as Beaujolais Wine

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Shades of Red

Shades of Red

WHAT CAN THE COLOUR OF YOUR WINE TELL YOU?

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Celebrating Over 300 Years of Chianti

Celebrating Over 300 Years of Chianti

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Wine Pairings with Your Turkey Dinner Feast

Wine Pairings with Your Turkey Dinner Feast

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Whiskies - What are the Differences?

Whiskies - What are the Differences?

Calgary is now home to one of the most unique whisky retailers in North America.

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Barolo, Revered as the Wine of Kings

Barolo, Revered as the Wine of Kings

KING OF WINES. WINE OF KINGS.

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Loire Valley

Loire Valley

LOIRE VALLEY

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Choosing the Right Stemware

Choosing the Right Stemware

CHOOSING THE RIGHT STEMWARE TO MAKE YOUR WINE SING

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Why the 'Sweetness' in Wine is Misunderstood

Why the 'Sweetness' in Wine is Misunderstood

Just like your mother always told you, “There are some words that are simply inappropriate to use.”

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Unique World of Whisky Store Opens in Downtown Calgary

Unique World of Whisky Store Opens in Downtown Calgary

It’s the first of its kind on Canada and was nearly three years in the making.

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What's Your Style

What's Your Style

What’s your style?

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Behind the Bubbles

Behind the Bubbles

POPPING THE CORK ON THE THREE WAYS TO CREATE SPARKLING WINE

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You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

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Alsace in Winter

Alsace in Winter

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Asparagus, Ice Cream and Wasabi, Oh My!

Asparagus, Ice Cream and Wasabi, Oh My!

Pairing with tricky food styles doesn't have to put a halt to a great food and wine experience.

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Quick and Easy Wine Pairing Tips

Quick and Easy Wine Pairing Tips

Are you feeling confused and mystified by all the "rules" of food and wine pairing? Let us help with our hints and tips.

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Discover the World of Gluten Free Beers

Discover the World of Gluten Free Beers

Gluten free has typically meant that beer was no longer an option.

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Stout to Lager: A Quick Guide to Beer Styles

Stout to Lager: A Quick Guide to Beer Styles

Confused about all the different types of beer? This is an easy guide to a couple of the common types.

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How to Pair With Beer

How to Pair With Beer

Learn a little bit more about how to cook and pair different foods with beer.

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More Than Just a Pirate's Spirit

More Than Just a Pirate's Spirit

Rum has long been known as the spirit of the Caribbean Islands and Latin America and is one of the most enjoyed and loved spirits...

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Warm Up on a Cold Day

Warm Up on a Cold Day

Sipping on a warm coffee cocktail at the end of your day, or after a great meal is one of life's decadent pleasures.

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

Wine and Chocolate Pairings

Wine and chocolate can be paired together to create a perfect harmony in your mouth, but when pairing it is important to keep in mind...

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All About Spirits

All About Spirits

We love to raise your spirits.There are endless possibilities for enjoying the offerings of the world.

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Some Classic Gin Cocktails

Some Classic Gin Cocktails

Mixologist and bartenders the world over have been making some of our most beloved cocktails with this juniper infused spirit since the original cocktail era...

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