Win a DIY library, enter 12 days of giveaways, and enjoy a Tasting Whiskey Flash Sale! Plus: expert gift-giving guidance, a sneak peek for beer geeks, and this month’s Fresh Picks!

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The Short Storey
The Short Storey

Usher in the season of giving with unique gift ideas, from singular spirits to specialty sweets, handmade and hand-picked for the discerning DIYer.

Photos above (clockwise from top left) © Nicholas Everleigh/Alamy, from Tasting Whiskey; © Keller + Keller Photography, from Beer for All Seasons; © Aran Goyoaga, from Homemade Soda.

This Month’s Giveaway:

Back to BASICS

Learn something new in the new year! Win over $100 worth of expert guidance with 12 pocket-sized guides from the Storey BASICS® series. From kitchen to garden, herbal care to crafts, here’s the no-muss, no-fuss essential information you need to get things done. Tackle one topic a month or take all the time in the world. Your year starts here.

Stir Up a Soup Night Giveaway

Entries accepted through December 31.
Full details available when you enter.

Soup Night

As a subscriber, you’re the first to know about this month’s Flash Sale. The ebook edition of Tasting Whiskey is just $2.99 for three days only!

On Sale December 1, 2 & 3

Lew Bryson leads this epic trip through histories, geographies, and distilleries behind the world’s whiskies, from Scottish and Japanese single malts to resurging American rye. With ample tasting and cocktail-crafting guidance, there’s whiskey wisdom to delight both the novice and the knowledgeable enthusiast on your list.

This Month’s Fresh Picks

From specialty treats to handmade flair for home and hearth, make your days bright with Storey ebooks for the holidays. 

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New! How to Make Chocolate Candies

Impress your friends with handmade confections. This compact guide covers equipment, techniques, and recipes for creating fudges, barks, truffles, rolled and filled chocolates, and more. 

Christmas Crochet

Create holiday keepsakes with 18 projects from Edie Eckman! With patterns for decorative garlands, a tree skirt, and more, there’s something for crocheters of every level.

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Cookie Craft Christmas

Make gingerbread come alive and sugar cookies sparkle. This cookie design guide covers everything from basic recipes to detailed decorating tips. 

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Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits

Bottle up a batch of homemade liqueur! With recipes for flavorful infused spirits and the cocktails that use them, this book is a mixologist’s must-have.

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Knit Christmas Stockings

Deck the halls with hand-knit treasures! Make colorful and classic stockings and ornaments with 19 patterns and instructions for everything from casting on to turning a heel.

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The Art of Distinction

Need the perfect something for that “hard-to-buy-for” someone? Our authors offer tips for giving gifts that stand out in a crowd.

Lew Bryson: A Bourbon, a Scotch, and an Irish

When our kids were in elementary school, there were constant fund-raisers: pizza sales, wreath sales, fruit sales, and the dreaded “Tricky Tray.” The school would send home a Styrofoam lunch tray with instructions to build a themed assortment of donated stuff that “fit” on the tray and could be sold: movie passes, crafts, or edible gifts. I’m a word guy: my trays always looked like a 5-year-old had assembled them in the back of a moving dump truck. I hated that event.

I’m great when motivated, though. The next time you have a holiday party to attend and need a gift for your host, here’s how to design a “Drink Up!” Tricky Tray that could also revolutionize school fund-raising.

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Patrick Dawson: Barley Wine for the Beer Geek

I’ve been told I’m not an easy person to buy a gift for. Given my obsession with beer (drinking it, sure, but also researching it, brewing it, chasing around town for it), it should be easy, right? Just buy me an interesting six-pack, I say. But apparently I’ve given folks the impression that I’m a bit particular, and they have a little trepidation about buying me beer. D'oh, foot shot.

To make amends, and to aid my fellow beer geeks, I’m here to help.

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Andrew Schloss: Chile and Chocolate for Cocktails

I can’t believe I missed it, but in the 200 recipes in my Homemade Liqueurs tome I neglected the obvious: the essential pairing of chiles and chocolate. What was I thinking? I had a dozen or more liqueur recipes for the two ingredients separately, but nary a one that made the kick-ass connection.

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity this holiday season to introduce you to my new drinking buddy: Cacao Ancho Liqueur.

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First Look

Beer for All Seasons

From best-selling author Randy Mosher (Tasting Beer) comes a delightful tour of every month’s beer-tasting possibilities, from spring to winter. Beer for All Seasons explores beer’s different styles and seasonal varieties, along with the pleasures of drinking brews that complement seasonal flavors and occasions. With tips for pouring, serving, tasting, and pairing — plus advice for attending popular beer fests around the world — there’s something here for the budding geek and the sophisticated beer lover alike.

Coming to stores in March 2015.

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