Craft Beer Advent Calendar: 25 Cheerful and Beerful Days

Given that the kids have their Advent calendar, it was only fair to build an adult Advent calendar. Whereas the term “adult” may imply some sort of fetish, I can assure that the only fetish here is craft beer.

Craft Beer Advent Calendar - 25 different seasonal ales

Since my husband and I love craft beer, I concocted a plan to stock our wine cooler with twenty-five different craft beer seasonal winter lagers. I began this Christmas craft beer tradition a couple of years ago and we found it to be a fun, flavorful way to celebrate the season.

Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy

As we countdown the days to Christmas, we crack open and sample one seasonal craft beer. Unlike a traditional Advent calendar, I don’t number the bottles because we prefer to make our selections based on our mood.

Fat Head's Holly Jolly Christmas Ale

Craft Beer Advent Calendar

In no particular, here is this year’s craft beer winter selection. This list offers a nice balance of IPA, ales, porters and stouts and I purchased them all from Total Wine & More.

Craft Beer Advent Calendar: 25 Cheerful and Beerful Days

Abita Christmas Ale

Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Flying Fish Grand Gru Winter Reserve

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

Saint Bernardus Christmas Ale

Anchor Christmas Ale

Victory Winter Cheers

Smuttynose Winter Ale

Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout

Ommegang Adoration

Rogue Yellow Snow

Founders Backwoods Bastard

Magic Hat Snow Roller

Bison Organic Ginger Bread

Fat Head’s Holly Jolly Christmas Ale

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt

Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter

Shelton Brothers Bad Elf Winter’s Ale

Shelton Brothers Warm Welcome Nut Brown Ale

Traveler Beer Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve


  1. Jason says:

    Love the idea. At the risk of being an annoying beer nerd, I’d like to caution u against storing beer on its side. It’s better to store beer upright so that the yeast sediment settles at the bottom. Cheers!

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