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FILTER Good Gift Guide, Day 9: Booze Roundup: Spirits To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

By Staff on December 13, 2012


FILTER Good Gift Guide, Day 9: Booze Roundup: Spirits To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

’Tis the holiday season and here at FILTER we believe in giving gifts that keep on giving. So in the spirit of the holidays, throughout December we’ll be posting our Good Gift Guide ideas for your picky loved ones.

December and January are no doubt two of the most beautiful and best-decorated months of the year, but they are also the coldest. There's Jack Frost nipping at your nose and folks dressed up like Eskimos, yet there is a simple way to brave the cold—and it's legal, for those of us who have been around for at least 21 years.

No, we're not talking about the cheap beer jacket, though we like that one too. It's something even more magical: a booze invisibility cloak, if you will. 

Below are five kinds of booze that FILTER recommends for your next holiday party with your best friends and family. Open a bottle or three and get a record spinning. Stay classy though—nobody has time for holiday hangovers. 

Samuel Adams Utopias

For $190 per bottle, this "beer" has got to be good, right? First created in 2002, Sam Adams Utopias has come a long way, now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The ABV is no longer 24%, but a whopping 29%, defining it as the the strongest naturally-fermented beer ever. It also tastes like cocoa, toffee, molasses, berries, and vanilla. This beer is basically Christmas in your mouth. 

The Dalmore Scotch 

Sophisticated single malt scotch whiskey from the Scottish Highlands, anyone? This stuff has been around since 1839, so drink up and keep the tradition alive. Check out the Dalmore site for price information and other Dalmore details. 

Avión Añejo

This tequila has been aged for several years in American oak casks, which is why you won't be able to get enough of its combined flavors of maple, coconut, vanilla, and caramel. A full bottle costs $40-$60, and "The Tasting Flight," which is a mini-collection of the three different flavors, is as low as $9.99.

Maker’s 46 

Maker's 46 is the new version of the bourbon classic with an unforgettable wax seal. It is bolder than ever, with added bite and spice. Taste the difference yourself for just $35.00.


With flavors of citrus, cinnamon, and orange blossom, this pisco is so smooth you can drink it on its own. The Peruvians know how to party. $40.


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