As a kid, December was the absolute best month of the year.
We got time off school, there was lots of snow for snowball fights and fort building and we got lots of presents. And there were advent calendars! Growing up in a house with limited chocolate intake, advent calendars made December 1st one of the best days of the year. Every single day we got a piece of chocolate. It was heaven.
Well, as adults we still love advent calendars. And as much as we love chocolate, the idea of a Craft Beer Advent Calendar made us squeal with joy!
Several breweries have started to do beer advent calendars, but we wanted to build a custom calendar. Our annual holiday trip back to Sean’s home province of Nova Scotia means we get to include those with our local Ontario brews!
For all of November, we’ve been building the list. Buying seasonal releases, choosing old favourites and hunting for something different. And it’s a work in progress. More decisions to make; more beer to buy.
Each day we’ll post a review of the selected beer. And each will get a rating – out of five jingle bells.
Follow along with the schedule below!
- StoneHammer Brewing – Dark Ale
- Collective Arts Brewing – Stranger than Fiction
- Double Trouble Brewing – French Press Coffee Stout
- Broadhead Brewing Co. – Dark Horse Stout
- Side Launch Brewing – Dark Lager
- Royal City Brewing Co. – Smoked Honey
- The Hamilton Brewery – Blue Collar Pale Ale
- Old Credit Brewing Co. – Holiday Honey
- Bell City Brewing Co. – Galaxy Hopper IPA
- Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Bolshevik Bastard
- Manantler Craft Brewing Co. – Dark Prince Black IPA
- Black Creek Historic Brewery – Benson’s Strong Ale
- Muskoka Brewery – Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout
- Elora Brewing Co. – Three Fields Lager
- Burdock – West Coast Pilsner
- Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Butler’s Bitter
- Longslice Brewery – Hopsta La Vista
- Bellwoods Brewery – Monogamy Single Hop Pale Ale
- Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB (Collaboration: Garrison Brewing Co., Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery and Phillips Brewing Co.)
- Sweetgrass Brewing Co. – Golden Ale
- Garrison Brewing Co. – Spruce Beer
- Boxing Rock Brewing Co. – The Darkness
- Rare Bird Craft Beer – Full Steam Stout
- North Brewing Company – Winter Saison
- Bar M Ranch – Red Angus Ale