CELEBRATING the opening of the Biggabeen bottle shop ? just in time for Christmas ? were Donna Morrison and Sarah Long.
CELEBRATING the opening of the Biggabeen bottle shop ? just in time for Christmas ? were Donna Morrison and Sarah Long.

Anything goes for Christmas cheer ... as long as it?s cold



WHAT are you celebrating with this Christmas?

Tweed bottle shops have reported that anything cold is popular this festive season, especially beer.

Australian Hotel Association executive officer David Elliott said cold beer and white Australian wines were most likely to be gracing the tables of most households on Christmas day.

"It's very traditional at Christmas and the highest sellers have been the premium beers and the Australian white wines," Mr Elliott said.

"And let's face it, it's exceptionally hot at Christmas, and nothing is more refreshing that an ice-cold beer."

Tweed Heads Bay Boozatorium manager John Mellipont said all varieties of beer were selling as well as the pre-mixes.

"At this time of year beer, wine and pre-mix sales go through the roof."

Mr Mellipont said the Jim Beam 440ml pre-mixes were also selling especially well because they were a limited release.

"The most popular beer would be Toohey's New, popular sparkling wines are whatever is on special and all the spirits are popular at Christmas," he said.

Residents in the Bilambil and Cobaki areas have even more reason to celebrate with the recent opening of a bottle shop on Piggabeen Road ? 10 years after council approval was granted.

Store owners Donna and Bill Morrison, who also run the convenience store, saw the need in the community with the population growth and applied for a liquor licence a year ago, however council planning approval was given some 10 years ago.

Mrs Morrison said it had taken a year to finally get the license through.

"The locals out here don't want to have to drive into town to get their beer or wine, especially this time of year when it's so busy," she said.

"So we're looking to fill that need on this side of the river and with the help of the Cellarbrations banner group we will be able to keep our prices competitive."

- NADINE FISHER



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