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Count Down The Days ‘Til Christmas With A Beer Advent Calendar

This sounds so much better than the stale chocolate version, doesn't it?

Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most traditional Advent calendar around, but it sure sounds like fun. There’s a Kickstarter campaign underway to bring the Beer Advent Calendar to fruition.

I had an Advent calendar every year growing up, and it seemed to take forever to get to the little “24” square. Throwing back a different craft brew every night in December should make waiting for Christmas Day a bit easier.

Photo by QuinnDombrowski
Photo by QuinnDombrowski
Photo by QuinnDombrowski

The “Thirst Amendment” team behind the Beer Advent Calendar needs to raise $30,000 by September 25 or the project is a no-go. Sure, you could DIY your own boozy Advent calendar, but if you’re busy and/or not crafty, a ready-made version is key.

If the Beer Advent calendar is a go, what you’ll get is a big heavy-duty cardboard box with 24 independently opening lids. One for each day, eh? It takes a minute to assemble, and is collapsible for easy “off-season” storage. And it holds most 12-ounce bottles as well as 12- and 16-ounce cans. Each silo/slot holds one beer for each day. Here’s what the prototype looks like:

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The Kickstarter page also provides some helpful ways to enjoy your Beer Advent Calendar:

• Have your spouse or significant other fill your calendar, so each day is a surprise to you. Better yet, fill one for your spouse!

• Give a full calendar as a gift for a beer enthusiast who has it all. Have them count how many beers they haven’t had before!

• Track your favorite beers during advent season using Untappd, BeerAdvocate or your own rating spreadsheet.

• Organize a beer exchange with six or more friends. Each person brings four different six-packs of beer and their own Beer Advent Calendar, then swap beers to fill each calendar with 24 different beers.

• Have the salesperson at your local craft beer store curate and fill your advent calendar.

• Organize an all homebrewed calendar with your local homebrewing club.

• Fill a Beer Advent Calendar for a craft beer newbie. It’s a great way for them to explore the wide range of craft beers available without buying a full six-pack of each beer.

Okay, enough of the intro—roll the tape. Wanna back this project? Go for it. Now, who wants to play Beer Hunter?