This year I decided to create a beer advent calendar, which is something I’ve never done before.
You’ve probably seen collections of holiday beer in liquor stores. If not, the idea is the same as the chocolate advent calendars you had as a kid: each day leading up to Christmas there’s a different beer to try.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making one yourself, you can always buy one pre-made. There’s the Phillips Snowcase, or the Craft Crossing put out by Central City and Parallel 49.
Having never purchased one before, I thought I’d try and put one together that I can enjoy out of beers that are both seasonal and old favourites. I also wanted to make a calendar from bomber bottles so I wouldn’t have to buy a lot of six-packs, or be limited to the beers available at the BC Liquor Store. Not being able to drink until the new year means I’ve got a little bit more leeway before I have to have mine ready to open, so you’ll understand if I’m a bit behind.
So far, I’ve got a good start with a selection of 10 beers, both winter seasonal offerings and some less-seasonal favourites. I thought I’d show you what I’ve got so far and then ask your thoughts on what else I should add! Since I’ve never had a beer advent calendar before, I’m also uncertain if the commercial ones typically have a specific order that you are supposed to follow, or even a theme – such as an IPA week, followed by a winter ale week.
So here are the beers I’ve picked up so far, with more to come in the next week or two:
- Bridge Brewing – The Grinch Winter Ale
- Bridge Brewing – Sleigh Booster Imperial Red Ale
- Dageraad Brewing – 8 Degrees
- Dageraad Brewing – Wet Hopped Blonde (Not Pictured)
- Four Winds Brewing – Nectarious Dry Hopped Sour
- Main Street Brewing – Harvest Fresh Rye IPA
- Moody Ales – Great Grätzer
- Old Yale Brewing – Sasquatch Stout
- Old Yale Brewing – Devilfish Single Malt & Single Hop Ale
- Ravens Brewing – English Mild (not pictured)
So what about you? Are you putting together a beer advent calendar this year? If so, what is going into it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or let me know on Twitter!
I have thought of doing one before but never got around to it. Looks like you are having fun building it so far though.
First time for everything, I guess? I’ve thought of purchasing one before but you never know what you’re going to get, though I guess that’s half of the fun! I’m looking forward to having an accumulated stash of beers to go through once I’m back on the wagon.
Deschutes Jubelale is a must, and try Howe Sound Woolly Bugger
Great suggestions, Keith. I haven’t tried the Deschutes, and I don’t remember having the Howe Sound so both are distinct possibilities! Cheers!