Beer Advent Calendar

Beer Advent Calendar 2018

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I’ve been looking forward to this moment since the very first leaf began to turn. I’ve waited impatiently through PSL season and Halloween season and now – it’s time.

I’m sitting here with a little tipple (Dillon’s vermouth, if you must know). My tree is lit. The seasonal tunes are playing.

Holiday season I AM READY FOR YOU.

Let’s advent calendar.

The making of the calendar

Yet again Jasmine and I made our annual pilgrimage to our favourite LCBO location (Summerhill, natch) to splurge on some holiday brews. It seems that the price tag creeps up a little every year – this year’s tally came to $110! Luckily I had a couple gift cards burning a hole in my pocket so I ended up only paying $20 out of pocket.

The biggest change this year is the format. I’ve done away with the festive-yet-shoddy red bags and replaced it with next-level boxes (old wine cases) that I have decorated with Christmas wrapping paper. I don’t consider myself a very crafty person so I am pretty proud of myself for making something that doesn’t look like a dumpster fire.

beer advent calendar

Since I was slipping bottles en masse into little cardboard cubbies instead of carefully placing them in bags one by one (the sturdiness of the packaging really changes things!) I have to admit that I don’t really remember which beer went into which day. I know what I’ve saved as my bonus Christmas beer (the cases only fit 24, after all) but other than that I have no idea what I’m getting each day. I’m pumped!

Every year I try to avoid having multiple beers from the same brewery and this year I finally did it! That is, if you don’t count my bonus Christmas beer, which I will choose not to count because it isn’t strictly part of the advent calendar. And because it makes me feel like I accomplished something.

Of the 24 beers in the calendar this year (+1 bonus beer), 16 are from Ontario, 1 from elsewhere in Canada, 3 from the UK, 4 from Europe and 1 from Sri Lanka.

The stouts and porters

Stout porter

The Belgians and Belgian styles

Belgian beer

The darks and browns

The ales


The one-offs and randoms

Beer notes and stray thoughts

  • The starred beers are ones I haven’t had before.
  • I rewarded myself an extra beer on Christmas day, as you do. This year’s bonus beer is the bourbon barrel-aged imperial porter from Collective Arts. I am so looking forward to this beer.
  • As usual, I’ll be posting what I get each day on Instagram, and invite you to follow the fun over there.

How are you getting into the holiday spirit?


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