One of my favorite slices of this food and drink world is the drink. But let’s get real, you already knew that…
There’s something about the tickle of a bubbly cocktail, the mouthfeel of a rich red wine, and the headiness of a golden lager – it’s the butter to my bread, except it’s booze.
At this year’s Eat Boutique Holiday Market, I gathered my favorite drink brands into one place, doing my best to ensure the day was soaked with enough small-batch drink to make the event all the more cheerful. So let me introduce to you something a little different…
The BROOKLYN BREWERY CHEER HALL will make its first appearance at the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 7th featuring all of my favorite brands:
- Brooklyn Brewery (brewery) – My family always gathers at the Brooklyn-based brewery and I’ve waited for the moment to recreate that experience for all of you. No more waiting!
- La Garagista (Vermont winery) – There is good wine in New England, folks, and Deirdre Heekin is crafting natural wine and cider just a few hours north of Boston. I visit Deirdre’s restaurant, Pane e Salute, in Woodstock, Vermont at least once per year.
- Eden Ice Cider (Vermont cider orchard) – Delicious ice ciders and aperitif ciders crafted in the northeast kingdom of Vermont. Eden Ice Cider has produced a delightful collaboration with La Garagista and we’re thrilled they’re coming to the Holiday Market.
- Downeast Cider House (Massachusetts cider maker) – Born in Maine but recently relocated to Boston, Downeast uses a special blend of Red Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, and Gala apples to make their American (and gluten-free!) hard cider.
- Bully Boy (Massachusetts spirits) – Boston’s first craft distillery since prohibition, Bully Boy is the real deal. Will and Dave craft small batch rum, whiskey and vodka just a few miles away from Cruiseport Boston. Their rum makes my classic daiquiris absolutely delicious; there’s always a bottle in my house.
- Olmstead Wine (Massachusetts wine importer) – Olmstead brings the worlds best organic, natural and biodynamic wines from Austria, Italy, Spain and France to Massachusetts. You can find their discoveries at Boston’s best restaurants, and at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market.
- Selectio Naturel (Massachusetts wine importer) – Selectio is dedicated to selecting and importing small production, natural and traditional wines from Italy and France. You’ll love these, promise.
- GrandTen Distillery (Massachusetts spirit/cordial maker) – GrandTen is a small batch spirit distillery who makes several special spirits, including their flagship product, Wire Works Gin, and three delicious liqueurs: Amandine (almond), Angelica (angelica root) and Craneberry (cranberry).
Each of these amazing booze brands will sell full size pours, FULL SIZE POURS, people. Finally, you’ll be able to have a full size glass of wine, beer or a cocktail while you sample all those delicious food bites. All pours are just $5. Thank goodness, right?!
The real deal is that ALL VIP Ticket holders get a free drink to help kick off all that holiday cheer. Drinking before noon on a Saturday?! I say YES! See you soon…
Photos styled and taken by Deirdre Heekin/La Garagista and Brooklyn Brewery.
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