Cheers to the holiday season! If you have a craft beverage enthusiast or cocktail lover on your holiday shopping list, this Discover Albany Holiday Gift Guide is for you. From local craft beverages, to Albany-themed pint glasses, to locally-made mixers, here are some gift ideas for the craft beverage and cocktail lover on your holiday shopping list. 

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Albany Distilling Company 

Craft beverage and cocktail enthusiasts will be thrilled with a bottle of a handcrafted, small-batch spirit from Albany Distilling this holiday season. Gift a bottle of Quackenbush Rum or Ironweed Whiskey for a classic spirit with a fun tie to Albany. Coffee fans will adore a bottle of Awakened Spirit, ALB vodka blended with cold-brewed Death Wish Coffee. ALB: On The Go (pre-mixed canned cocktails) make a thoughtful gift for party hosts this holiday season! 

Nine Pin Cider

Nine Pin Cider, New York's first farm cidery, offers an assortment of gifts for hard cider fans. Seasonal bottles in flavors such as cranberry, blueberry, strawberry or raspberry are thoughtful gifts for cider lovers. The online shop and Warehouse District tasting room are stocked with a variety of apparel and merch including branded sweatshirts, coasters, pint glasses, tote bags, t-shirts and more. Nine Pin Cider is also collaborates with local companies to create unique products such as cider-scented candles from Collar City Candle, artisanal soaps crafted by Shady Acres Homestead and craft chocolate from Primo Botanica. 

Discover Albany Visitors Center Gift Shop

Discover Albany Visitors Center Gift Shop 

Shop small at the Discover Albany Visitors Center Gift Shop this holiday season! The shop sells Albany-themed pint glasses designed by local designer Paul Hergenrother. Choose between the Nipper glasses (pictured above) or a pint glass celebrating Albany's brewing history. Nestled in Quackenbush Square, the gift shop is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Capital Wine Albany 

Located in the heart of Center Square on Lark Street, Capital Wine Albany is a locally-owned neighborhood wine store. Before popping in to purchase a bottle or two of wine, marvel at the whimsical window display that rotates for each season! Not sure which bottle to gift the wine lover on your holiday shopping list? The experts at Capital Wine have you covered with recommendations. 

Hedonic Tonic

Hedonic Tonic is the perfect gift for cocktail connoisseurs. The artisan tonic is locally-made in small batches with organic ingredients such as lemongrass grown at Nine Mile Farm in Delmar. Spruce up a Gin & Tonic with it, or mix with seltzer water for a refreshing drink. The multi-use tonic can also be used as a salad dressing or on top of ice cream. Hedonic Tonic is closing up shop on December 11. Stop by the Fort Orange General Store outdoor market on December 11 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM for Hedonic Tonic's final market. 

Broadway Plaza Liquor

Broadway Plaza Liquor makes it easy to shop for the cocktail lover on your holiday shopping list from your couch. The downtown Albany liquor store offers delivery to all customers within a 2 mile radius! The shop is stocked with a massive selection of local wineries and spirits. Not sure on the perfect bottle to gift? Stop in and speak with the friendly staff for recommendations on what to purchase from the store's wide selection.