If there’s one bummer about the 2020 winter holidays, it’s that you likely won’t be able to exchange gifts with as many people in your life. Without office parties, festive soirees, or large family gatherings, you might be feeling like your “nice” list is looking a bit slim this year. That means for the people you are giving presents to, this is the year to make it count — no more generic knick-knacks from big box stores! We urge you to shop local, and to take the extra time to find thoughtful gifts that bring a little extra dose of cheer at the end of a rough year.
And nothing says “’tis the season to be jolly” quite like a bottle of local wine, craft spirits, or beer! There’s no better place to find fun boozy gifts than the Good Libations Trails® in York County, Pennsylvania, and neighboring regions. No matter your budget or the giftee’s taste, you’re bound to find something unique and delicious among the Trails’ three-dozen-plus members, including family-owned vineyards, historic breweries, and Prohibition-era distilleries.
Many of the members offer safe online ordering and seasonal and limited-edition products for the holiday season. Bonus: A number of the wineries and distilleries along the trail offer shipping across the U.S., meaning you can spread the York County goodness to loved ones living in different states! Here are some of our top picks for gifting on the York County Good Libations Trails:
This Lancaster-county distillery produces whiskey using recipes and methods passed down by legendary PA distiller Dick Stoll. Its tasting room is housed in a refurbished 19th-century grain mill in the quaint town of Lititz, PA.
Our gift picks: Barrel-aged Apple Brandy, crafted with eight varieties of Lancaster County-grown apples, is a perfect choice for a budding home bartender. Stoll & Wolfe’s epic 3-bottle gift pack includes its Bourbon and Rye Blend, Pennsylvania Rye aged four years, and White Pennsylvania Rye.
Looking for other ideas? Mini whiskey bottles make great stocking stuffers. Gift cards, whiskey glasses, cocktail shakers, shirts and hats are also available.
- How to shop:
35 N. Cedar St., Lititz, PA; (717) 799-4499
York County’s first distillery since prohibition specializes in quality, handcrafted, small-batch distilled spirits. Its line of seven types of libations celebrate the agricultural bounty of the surrounding region.
Looking for other ideas? Check out ORD’s vodka and rum. Gift cards, hoodies, t-shirts, shot glasses and travel mugs are also available.
- How to shop:
- Old Republic offers online purchases which can be shipped to PA customers, but not out of state. In-person bottle sales are available at ORD’s tasting room in York, open Thursday through Sunday, and its satellite tavern in Ephrata, open Wednesday through Sunday. You can also purchase its vodkas and rums in over 200 PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores; bottles can be special-ordered here.
330 Town Center Dr., York, PA; (717) 870-1792; 3 Dutchland Ave., Ephrata PA; (717) 863-2016
Lake House Distilling Co.
This family-owned and -operated business specializes in handcrafted distilled spirits. One of the first distilleries in Franklin County since Prohibition, it produces its products in a copper pot still.
Our gift picks: Applejack is a cozy winter spirit sure to delight the whiskey or cider drinker. Salted Caramel Vodka is an awesome gift for your favorite sweet-tooth!
Looking for other ideas? Lake House Distilling offers a line of swag on its website, including flasks, tumblers, shirts and hats. Gift cards can also be purchased, in person or over the phone, and mailed to the recipient.
- How to shop:
- Orders may be called in, and shipping is offered throughout Pennsylvania (not to other states). In-person bottles sales are offered at the distillery, which is open Friday through Sunday.
218 W. 5th St., Waynesboro, PA; (717) 655-5840
There are so many more awesome places in and around York County where you can pick up fantastic boozy gifts for the upcoming holiday season. For a full list and more info about the various trails, head to Explore York’s website, or call (888) 858-YORK.