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Get into the Holiday Spirit: 6 Last Minute Gift Baskets

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If you’ve been slacking (we won’t tell) you don’t have to worry. A gift basket is a great option for a last-minute gift because it’s all ready to grab and go. All you have to do is find one suited to your friend’s taste. Looking to make your holiday shopping less stressful? Here are a few of our favorite holiday gift baskets we have on hand.

Baileys with 2 Coffee Mugs

Know someone who isn’t a morning person? They will be when you get them this gift. Shake up their coffee routine on the weekends with Bailey’s Irish Cream. This delicious gift basket comes with two coffee mugs – one for them and one for you – unless they want two cups of coffee at once.

Barr Hill Gin with a Jar of Honey

Honey and tea? Yes. But honey and gin? Trust us, this will become your new favorite flavor combination. For fans of gin who don’t mind a little sweetness in their drink, honey is the way to go. If this sounds like someone you know, you can also include a handwritten recipe for the Bee’s Knees cocktail:

  • 2 oz Barr Hill Gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz honey simple syrup 1:1
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Glenmorangie 10 year with shot glasses

Imagine lounging inside next to a crackling fire with a single malt scotch whisky in your hand. Your friend will thank you for this gift and promptly enjoy the drink. Maybe he or she will even let you help them break open the bottle – there are two shot glasses after all. Would you prefer to nurse your scotch while catching up with your friend? Pair this with chocolate, especially dark, and you won’t regret it.

Jack Daniels with Bruins Glasses

The cold is here, and that means hockey is, too. For the Black and Gold fan in your life, get them a gift set that includes a bottle of Jack Daniels and Bruins glasses. Now they can enjoy their whiskey and show off their love of Boston sports, all from the comfort of their own home.

Belvedere Vodka with Martini Glass

Serve up this vodka with its martini glass shaken, not stirred. Have any James Bond fans in your life? Belvedere is the official vodka brand of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. This premium vodka is best for making cocktails that call for high-end spirits. Make them feel like 007 himself with this gift.

Frangelico with Glasses

Frangelico is an Italian liqueur with delicate notes of hazelnut, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Because of its sweetness, it’s fun to experiment with in cocktails, especially for dessert. You could even put it in your coffee for the perfect nightcap on a snowy evening. This versatile liqueur is a great gift for anyone who likes to switch up their drinks often.

The holidays are just around the corner, are there any people left on your shopping list? Wachusett Wine & Spirits has you covered for those thoughtful, last-minute gifts. Stop by our store to see our selection of gift baskets. Not to mention our inventory is always expanding – check in to find the perfect liquor for any occasion!


Belgian Beer Styles & Perfect Pairings

Belgian Beer Styles

Belgian beer comes in all shapes and sizes, although most are ales, flavored with fruit and malts. Here are some of the most popular Belgian beer styles.


In order for a beer to be considered a Trappist beer, it must be brewed in a monastery either by the monks themselves or under their supervision. The name refers to the location of origin, instead of beer style. Many Trappist beers actually have very little in common and can range from an extra blonde ale to trippel.


Dubbels are a stronger brown ale with a complex, sweet malt flavor. They often have an ABV of 6 to 8.5%. Take a sip and you’ll notice no bitterness but hints of chocolate and toffee. When serving Dubbel, any glass will not do. We recommend serving it in a tulip glass, or a red wine glass if you do not have a chalice-style beer mug.


Tripels gets its name from requiring three times the amount of grain a typical beer needs to brew. They often have a higher alcohol content than other Belgian brews, ranging from 7 to 10 percent. Expect a slightly bitter taste with a spicy and floral aroma.


Quadrupel is stronger and bolder than its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles, often having an alcohol content of 10% or more. They often have a complex fruity flavor similar to wine, which compliments it dark sweet flavors. Expect a deep brown or amber ale that has a full bodied flavor.

Belgian Beer and Food Pairings

If the individuality of each Belgian beer doesn’t tickle your taste buds enough, here are some great food pairings that will further enhance their flavors.

Chocolate with Trappist Beer

Trappist beer is the perfect pairing for chocolate because they both come in many different varieties. The mild fruit and spice flavors of a Trappist Dubbel pairs well with dark chocolate with a high cacao content.  If a sweeter milk chocolate is more your speed, try pairing a Trappist that has a heavy hop content to counteract the sweet.

Sausage with Dubbel

Belgian Dubbels often have a rich, complex flavor that needs equally complex flavors to pair with. Dubbels pair well with typical barbeque favorites such as slow roasted pork and smoked sausages.

Ham with Tripel

No matter if you’re looking for the perfect pairing for your ham sandwich at lunch or a special ham dinner, we recommend a sweeter tripel. Are you planning to throw a party? Create a deli tray with prosciutto, Swiss, and crème brie.

Bread Pudding with Quadrupel

You’ll need a rich dessert in hand to counteract the strong flavors of a quadrupel. Bread pudding plays well with the caramel undertones in this brew. If you’re in the mood for savory instead of sweet, try a strong cheese such as gouda.

Are you interested in having a Belgian beer make an appearance at your next social gathering? This month all of our International beers that are on the shelf (not the cooler) are on sale. All 4 and 6 packs are 10% off and all single bottles are 20% off.  This is a great opportunity to try some of the fantastic imported brews that we carry.  Contact us today or stop by to find the perfect Belgian beer for you.