Christmas??? Christmas is in 2 Days?!?!

As usual, I put off my Christmas shopping until the very last minute. Now the race is on to finish shopping for everyone on my list and finding the right gift at the right price can be quite a challenge these days.

If you are like me and now you are crunched for time and don’t know what to buy, come see us at Bauer.  We’ll help you out! So whether you have wine lovers, beer geeks or spirit hounds in your life, Bauer has the perfect gifts for them.
Here are just a few of the suggestions from us, but in the store and online you can find many more!  Visit our website and go to the Gift Ideas section.  We even make it easy for you to order online for either our free delivery or a pick up in the store!

For the Spirit Hounds in your life, we are proud to carry some amazing local products that are of utmost quality.

Privateer Silver Reserve Rum   $27.99  and Amber Rum $34.99  (Ipswich, MA)  “Eminently mixable and sip-able, we distilled Privateer Silver Reserve Rum with the intent of delivering a smoother, more flavorful experience.  Whereas most white rums tend to be more neutral in flavor, Privateer Silver Reserve captures the natural flavors straight from the cane.”

Bully Boy Distillers White Rum and Whiskey (Boston, MA)  both $29.99 “Paying particular attention to the caliber of ingredients used in its products, Bully Boy hand-produces premium spirits in small batches, emphasizing quality over quantity. As homage to the farm, the distillery is named after Bully Boy, a favorite farm workhorse. Will and Dave’s great-grandfather named his beloved horse using a term coined by his college roommate Teddy Roosevelt – “Bully” – meaning superb or wonderful.”

Berkshire Mountain Distillers (Berkshire, MA) Ice Glen Vodka $29.99, Greylock Gin $29.99, Ethereal Gin $34.99, Bourbon Whiskey $41.99 “Established in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits and all products are handcrafted in small batches at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition. Located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the farm and distillery are home to historic spring waters that flow from deep within a protected granite mountain bordering the  Appalachian Trail and are used in the production of our quality spirits.”

Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey (Vermont) $69.99 “WhistlePig “100/100” is a 100 proof, 100 percent rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years in new American oak barrels. It was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, receiving numerous distinctions such as the “highest ever” designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and “highest recommendation” from the Spirits Journal. These extraordinary honors “humble and set a high bar” for Master Distiller Dave Pickerell who spent over a year on an exhaustive search of North America for the best rye whiskey in the world. Dave feels that “100/100” embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting what he calls “the sweet spot” in all three categories.”
 For the Beer Fans around you, we have some exciting gift sets!
Boulevard Brewing Co. Smokestack Gift Pack $19.99   Just in time for the holidays, the new Smokestack Series Mixed Four includes four different beers – 1 each of 12 ounce Smokestack year-round varieties and a Smokestack glass.
Brauerei Weihenstephan Ultimate Bavarian Gift $19.99   The Weihenstephan Gift Box includes 500-ml bottles of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, Original, Kristall, Dunkel, Vitus (or Korbinian) plus one hefeweizen glass.Samuel Smith’s The Selection Box $11.99  This “Beerlover’s Dream” features a Victorian pint (18.7 oz. or 550 ml) of each of three classic Samuel Smith ales: the Celebrated Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and India Ale. It also includes an authentic Samuel Smith pint glass, two “Rose of Yorkshire,” coasters, and a brochure listing and explaining the world’s classic brewing styles. It comes packed in a black & metallic gold custom box with die-cuts for the bottles and glass, and is available seasonally in the winter and into the spring.

Brouerij Kwak “Bosteels” Gift Set $30.99   Kwak is rich amber in color with a slightly sweet, generously malty character. Hops are subdued, but present a well-considered balance with the juicy ripeness of grain and a fruity, meringue softness.  The special Kwak glass is hard to miss in Belgium. You can see enthusiastic beer drinkers of all ages enjoying this wonderful beverage in every city across the country.

For the wine lovers out there, we have “just a few” suggestions.  


Turtle Creek Winery (Lincoln, MA) 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve $29.99, 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve $29.99, Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99  “Turtle Creek is a small winery located in the shadow of Boston.  With additional vineyard space leased from the Town of Lincoln we expect to eventually grow to one thousand cases per year. Our plantings include Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. We also purchase ultra premium fruit from select growers in California. We produce wines from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay & Riesling. We make no hybrid nor fruit wines; we do not produce tourist wines.”

2006 Silver Oak Cellars Alexander Valley  Cabernet Sauvignon (CA) $69.99, 2006 Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (CA) $99.99   Silver Oak is single-minded in the pursuit of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. For 40 years, we have produced delicious and distinctive Cabernets from our Napa Valley and Alexander Valley wineries. Each Cabernet is food-friendly, extensively aged to be drinkable upon release, and perfect for enjoying with friends or family.

2007 Reverdito Barolo $34.99  90 points Wine Spectator “Ripe strawberry, dried mushroom and licorice on the nose. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a chocolate, berry and light coffee finish.  The greatest of all Italian wines are arguably made with from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo, from the Piedmont made this grape famous, and for good reason. Most people don’t give Barolo enough time and drink them young, but those patient enough to wait at least 7 – 8 years, and often as much as 20 plus years are handsomely rewarded with a wine that is the ultimate expression of the grape. The most prized bottlings of Barolo are those from an exceptional single vineyard, like Reverdito.

2008 Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $29.99  The ultimate food wine, this Pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare. From traditional Northwest cuisine, such as cedar-planked salmon or wild mushroom soup, to smoked or grilled meats – even just a great burger and truffle fries!

2000 Champagne Pol Roger $99.99  94 points Wine Enthusiast: “A serious, considered wine with its full, ripe and soft flavors tempered with a complex structure. It will not age as impressively as other Pol Roger vintages, and already the yeast and toast element is creeping in. But the weight of Pinot Noir is there, leaving a powerful, creamy mousse finish.” (12/1/2009) 93 points Wine Spectator: “An elegant version, whose silky texture meshes seamlessly with the grapefruit, apple and ginger flavors. Detailed and harmonious, with a graphite accent on the finish.

 NV Champagne Billecart-Salmon Rose $99.99  90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The NV Brut Rose emerges from the glass with the essence of freshly cut flowers, berries and minerals in a mid-weight, gracious style. It shows gorgeous inner perfume, along with persistent notes of chalkiness that frame the long, sublime finish. Year in, year out, this estate’s NV Brut Rose is one of the most consistently outstanding wines in the region.

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