Holiday gift list for the picky drinker


REGION — The best gifts are the ones that get used up: no muss, no fuss, no little tchotkes left over to clutter your mantel. Shop this list of local places to fill your loved one’s belly, and they’ll love you for it.

Irving Cliff Brewery,

2 Chapel St., Honesdale, PA


If you’re looking for a gift for a favorite imbiber, how about a growler from Irving Cliff Brewery? With names like Crazy Train Double IPA and Stourbridge Lion Blonde Ale, the craft beer here harks back to the area’s railroad roots. Toss in a gift card with the growler, so the lucky recipient can sip amid the historic surroundings: The Irving Cliff Brewery was founded in 1851, right there in Honesdale.

Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Co.,

520 Main St., Honesdale, PA


For a mind-altering drug you can drive with—we’re talking caffeine, people—you can’t miss with Black & Brass gourmet coffee. Go for a bag of Darling Dark or Morning Brass: All of the roasts are packaged in dramatically artistic black bags. Or for something truly out of the ordinary, tuck a jar of Black & Brass beard balm under the tree. Yes, it’s made exclusively for the shop. And yup—it does smell like coffee!

Native Food & Drink,

560 Main St., Suite B, Honesdale, PA


A gift card to this locavore’s delight would be much appreciated. Native Food & Drink loves their local farms and artisans: a kraft-paper scroll near their bar lists everyone who contributes ingredients. And yes, even their cocktails contain local celery juice, fruits, and maple syrup.

Hancock Liquor Store,

27 West Main St., Hancock, NY.

Find them on Facebook at Hancock Liquor Store, Inc.


Hancock Liquor Store knows their customers—it’s one of the perks of being a small-town shop. It also means that if you don’t find what you need (although the shop’s inventory is expansive), they’ll be happy to order it for you. For the holidays, you’ll find the perfect wine or bourbon (how about a tequila in a fancy ceramic vessel? They’ve carried that, too) to gift to a friend.

The Carriage House,

3351 State Rte. 97 Barryville, NY


Set on 120 acres on the banks of a beautiful bend in the Delaware River, The Carriage House offers up home-cooked meals in an Old World atmosphere. Why not pick up a gift card for a delicious dinner—or, better yet, book a room in one of the alpine-esque cottages as a gift… and don’t forget to throw in a fishing pole for your loved one to use at Halfway Brook on the 120-acre property.

Cochecton Pump House,

7895 Rte. 97, Cochecton, NY


Whoa. Just, whoa. That’s the reaction of nearly everyone who visits this open-air gathering space in the former Standard Oil Pump Station. Ancient, weathered brick towers over guests, while scrumptious food (gluten-free across the board) and creative drinks are offered up in shipping-container serveries. Grab a gift card for only your coolest friends.

Forthright Cyder & Mead,

4052 Route 52, Youngsville, NY

What do you get for those friends who scoff at beer or wine? How about a nice cyser? “A what?” they’ll ask, but once they sip this mix of fermented apple cider and mead, sourced from local apples and honey, they’ll be back for more. Forthright offers a wide selection of cyders, meads, and cysers, available in handy bottles that will look perfect in a gift basket.

Jeffersonville Bake Shop,

4906 State Rte. 52, Jeffersonville, NY


Mmm, cannoli. Ahhh, holiday pies. Oooh, some chai to top it off. You’ll find all that and more at Jeffersonville Bake Shop, along with house-crafted gift baskets that tuck in New York State products among those tasty goods. “We can put together a tea basket for tea lovers that includes our homemade scones and biscotti, a vintage teacup and saucer, and local loose leaf tea from 2Queens,” says President Lauren Seikaly. “Or for coffee lovers, we’ll include one of our famous flourless chocolate cakes, a bag of coffee beans from Java Blue, one of our travel coffee mugs and a good book.” They also carry Catskill Brewery and Upward Brewery beers, both local favorites.

The Western Hotel,

22 Upper Main St., Callicoon, NY


The Western is a bar, supper club, and inn housed in a gorgeous 1852 Victorian mansion. For the historic-home lover in your life, pick up a holiday gift card so they can experience every inch of this Old West-inspired building. Inside, they’ll find a beautifully restored space that features top-notch entertainment on the regular. The bar has several holiday cocktails planned for seasonal parties of four to 40 guests; local wines and spirits are also available at the onsite boutique liquor store. If guests want to extend their stay, the Western has seven rooms from which to choose: Each one is a study in masterful renovation.

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