Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. ~Babatunde Olatunji
Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. ~Kin Hubbard
All commercialism aside, what I like the most about the winter holiday season (or, as I like to call it, ChristKwanYuleHannusticemas) is the sense of joy that surrounds all of us. Too often, I think, we don’t allow joy into our lives — in the end, what the season is about for me is the embracing of light, of joy, of giving, and of the part in all of us that never got older than six. The only trick I’ve found about getting older is that I try not to grow old. This season is about joy, and wonder, and giving people what makes them happy.
As such, I try to maintain a personal moratorium on useful gifts, unless they are also something that brings my loved ones joy. (Sewing stuff, for example, counts for my beloved wife). And if you’re reading this right now, I’ll bet that you have someone on your list who gets joy from beer.
So why not give some beer this Christmas? Out at the Galleria, I have all sorts of lovely gift ideas for the dedicated zythaphile in your life.
We can start with beer gift sets. I currently have them in stock from Ommegang, Samuel Smith, Duvel, and Chimay. All involve a selection of beers, some unique, with appropriate glassware — goblets for Ommegang and Chimay, a gorgeous tulip glass from Duvel, and pint glasses from Samuel Smith. They’re reasonably priced and quick; in a few moments you can have some names marked off your list, with no need to check it twice.
Also available for a limited times are special holiday beers, including Delirium Nocturnum, Ommegang Adoration, Samuel Smith Winter Welcome, and Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve. All these beers are rich, strong, and substantially flavored, making them perfect to fight off winter’s chill (or what passes for it in these parts). With Twin Liquors’ free wrapping, you’re done in a flash.
Let’s say you want to go over the top. You want to really show someone they’re special, and you want to say it with beer. How about a custom basket? We do a mean basket out here at the Galleria — just the other day we did one that I wish was under my tree. It included a bottle each of Adoration, Avery Seventeen, Stone Fourteen IPA, and Sierra Nevada Brewer’s Grand Cru, nestled in a basket with two tulip glasses. I don’t know if I was that good this year, but I sure hope so.
So when you’re out looking for the perfect gift, remember that great beer is always an option, and we have some of the best available right here at the Galleria.