By Bryan A. Hollerbach |  Photos by Sarah Conroy

Who needs a plastic jug of icky eggnog mix and a bottle of rotgut? Certainly not Ladue News readers, for whom the magazine solicited expert recommendations on all things bibulous (and a few other similarly seasonal items) from Brandon Nickelson of Craft Beer Cellar, Paul Hayden of The Wine and Cheese Place and Philip Peimann of The Wine Merchant, Ltd., among others. So cheers – and go ye forth and spread holiday cheer! 

Stone Xocoveza (six-pack, 12-ounce bottles), $17.75, Stone Brewing (

4 Hands Absence of Light (22-ounce bottle), $7, 4 Hands Brewing Co. (

Founders Breakfast Stout (four-pack, 12-ounce bottles), $9.25, Founders Brewing Co. (

Special Edition Whiskeys Boxed Set (Rye & Rested, Sherry Cask, Port Cask) (three 200-milliliter bottles), $83, Larder and Cupboard (

2011 J.L. Chave Selection Farconnet Hermitage (750-milliliter bottle), $69.99, J.L. Chave Selection

Whisk(e)y Tasting Set (one glass, one pen, two journals), $25, Larder and Cupboard

2015 Folded Hills Grenache Grant Santa Ynez Valley (750-milliliter bottle), $32.99, Folded Hills Winery (

NV Sabine Godmé Brut Premier Cru (750-milliliter bottle), $34.99, Champagne Godmé Sabine (

Edelbrand Vinars da Meila – Gift Set (375-milliliter bottle, two glasses), $77.50, Larder and Cupboard

Zalto Glasperfektion (hand-blown glassware, shown in Bordeaux, single stem), $59.99, Zalto Glasperfektion (