Now that I’ve been enjoying the fruits of my labour, it’s time to check-in on how my beer advent calendar is going!
Beers I’ve Opened So Far
I was a bit worried when I made the calendar that I’d remember what beer I put on which day and ruin the surprise as a result. I’m very happy to say that for once my faulty memory has done me a solid and I promptly forgot almost all the beer assignments. I’ve opened 14 beers so far.
- Muskoka Detour
- Muskoka Cream Ale
- Left Field Eephus
- Shillow Beer Co. Bitter Waitress Black IPA
- Amsterdam Boneshaker
- Creemore Altbier
- Side Launch Dark Lager
- Brickworks Cider Batch 1904
- Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA
- Mill St Vanilla Porter
- Black Creek Brewery Pumpkin Ale
- Granville Island Winter Ale
- Wychwood Brewery Hobgoblin
- Kensington Brewery Fish Eye
Beers I’ve Yet to Open
- Double Trouble French Press Vanilla Porter
- Hockley Dark Ale
- Mill St Tankhouse
- Side Launch Pale Ale
- Great Lakes Brewery Pompous Ass English Pale Ale
- Nickel Brook Cause & Effect Blonde Ale
- Grand River Brewing Highballer Pumpkin Ale
- Wychwood Brewery Bah Humbug Christmas Ale
- Innis & Gunn Rum Finish
- Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale
- Erdinger Dunkel
Clearly many great beers still left to enjoy! On reflection I’m happy that I decided to front load the month with lighter beers and most of the IPAs, leaving the latter half to be a smorgasbord of browns, darks, porters and winter warmers. It’s beginning to look a lot like
Thoughts On the Process and Experience So Far
Overall I am enjoying this an incredible amount! Both Cori and Adam (friends featured in the building post) agree with me that this was a great idea and should obviously be a new tradition. We all also appreciated that we didn’t remember which beer went on which day, which meant getting a great surprise each day. I think in future years I’d eventually like to create reusable bags that are a bit more permanent and festive, but I think this first attempt was still a clear triumph.
If you’re interested, you can follow me on Instagram and Untappd, where I’m sharing each beer day by day.