Christmas Day is more than just turkey and a sizeable hock of ham. For the right kind of festive cheer, you'll need South Australia's best beer, wine and spirits.
Booze Brothers has got your Christmas accompaniments covered
Christmas in South Australia is a time for being around family and loved ones, and for gorging yourself on the many plates of barbecued meats and various salads brought over from the aunts and uncles you’ve not seen since last Christmas.
It is also about the right beers, wines and spirits that will please said aunts and uncles, and all your thirsty guests at the yearly festive family catch-up.
But with a cluster of Covid-19 cases emerging in South Australia and leaders urging people to stay home as much as possible, organising Christmas Day may seem a bit harder.
Fear not – there’s help.
SA bottle shop chain Booze Brothers is launching an online store in conjunction with their hotly-anticipated Christmas Catalogue.
The catalogue shows off a range of SA wines, including selections from Howard Vineyard, Two Hands and Ashton Hills, as well local gins and beers.
Southern region brewer Vale Ale feature on the front page, with Adelaide Hills wine labels Riposte and Lambrook alongside it.
“We’ve got stuff that is hard to find elsewhere and interesting products that are not stocked by the big guys,” Booze Brothers spokesperson Alice Glanville says.
“We’ve been doing the Christmas Catalogue for 30 years and it’s always about variety and providing something that’s local and unique to the state.”
This is the first time in more than a decade that Booze Brothers will have a permanent website available for people to shop online.
Booze Brothers will sell wines and spirits exclusively through the website, with purchases available for delivery Australia-wide.
“Considering what’s going on with the restrictions, people now don’t have to leave the house, and our interstate friends & family can order local SA products direct,” Alice says.
“Also some people just don’t have the time to go to an Adelaide Hills cellar door and we have a lot of cellar-door-direct products in store.
“I think that’s one of the things that separates us, is we have a lot of products, especially in this catalogue, that are not widely carried by other retailers.”
While beer is not available in the online store due to freight costs, there are still special offers available across the four stores at Parkside, Stepney, Coromandel Valley and Mile End.
“You can buy six different beers and get a 10 per cent discount applied to that so you get to try lots of different things and you don’t just have to buy a 24-pack of one beer to get to a certain price point,” Alice says.
The Christmas Catalogue features a strong lineup of small-batch local gins, including Green Ant Gin, 23rd Street Distillery and KIS Wild Gin.
Ounce Gin, distilled locally in Thebarton, graces the front page.
Any in-store purchase of gins in the catalogue also gets you a four pack of Schweppes tonic water.
“Distilleries are getting more and more creative,” Alice says.“It’s not like back in the days when people were just loyal to just one brand – we get a lot of limited run products so there’s heaps of choice.”
Alice adds Booze Brothers stock a line of vegan and gluten-free alcohol options, including Down The Rabbit Hole and Paxton Wines lines.