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! Check out our picks for the wine-lovers and craft spirits aficionados in your life as well.
This seven-barrel brewhouse was founded in 2016 by Jared, Chuck and Doug Barnes. It brews a wide variety of beer styles, including IPAs, pale ales, stouts and porters.
Our gift picks: 4-packs or growlers of Panacea, a peanut butter banana split milk stout that is guaranteed to wow craft beer enthusiasts with adventurous taste! Homunculus, a hazy IPA, is a crowd-pleasing pick.
Looking for other ideas? Collusion offers a large variety of limited-edition beers during the holidays, which rotate frequently at its taproom. Gift cards and swag are also available.
- How to shop:
- Beer is not shipped. Head to Collusion’s taproom for in-person shopping, which is open seven days a week.
105 S. Howard St., York, PA; (717) 542-1226
This family-owned and -operated brewery and pub opened in 2014 and handcrafts its unfiltered small batches on a hand-built brewing system. Its seasonally focused beers range from light to dark, malty to hoppy, and session to imperial.
Our gift picks: Moo-Duck’s December special release, Better Than a Lottery Ticket Holiday Ale, is a winter-perfect brown ale with holiday spices. Four-packs of A Beer for Dad, a classic lager, and A Beer for Mom, an imperial IPA, would make cheeky gifts for your favorite parental figure.
Looking for other ideas? Pick up a Moo-Duck gift certificate, or branded merch, like shirts, tank tops, hoodies, hats, glasses and tote bags made from used grain bags.
- How to shop:
- No shipping is available. Beers and swag can be purchased in-person from Moo-Duck’s taproom, open Wednesday through Sunday.
79 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown, PA; (717) 727-3791
One of Pennsylvania’s most notable independent breweries, Tröegs was founded in 1996 by brothers Chris and John Trogner. In the years since, it has grown exponentially, brewing numerous styles of beers along the way.
Our gift picks: Perpetual Darkness, a heavyweight 10.6% ABV hoppy, herbal barleywine is festive and fun. Of course, Mad Elf, a chocolate-y, malty ale brewed with cherries and honey, is a Christmas classic.
Looking for other ideas? Tröegs has gift cards and a huge line of merchandise available, including barware and glassware, wearables, and cute stuff for kids and pets.
- How to shop:
200 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA; (717) 534-1297
Beer, cider, wine, craft soda — Wyndridge makes all sorts of delicious beverages from its beautiful facility that’s also home to a restaurant and event space.
Our gift picks: Dry, tannic Golden Aged Cider is a craft cider fan’s dream, made with Gold Rush apples fermented on Gold Rush and Golden Delicious skins with wild yeasts. Boreal Spruce IPA is a bright, seasonal ale brewed with spruce tips.
Looking for other ideas? Gift cards and branded merch are available, as well as a wide range of ciders, beers and canned wines.
- How to shop:
- Wyndridge’s online shop sells and ships its ciders and sodas both within PA and to a number of states across the U.S. All products are available for in-person shopping at Wyndridge’s location, open Wednesday through Sunday.
885 S. Pleasant Ave.; Dallastown, PA; (717) 244-9900
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.