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Best beer advent calendars for Christmas 2019

A beer a day to see you through to Christmas

Best beer advent calendars for Christmas 2019
02 December 2019

The days of chocolate advent calendars as your only option are long gone. You can now get 24 of almost anything to help you count down to the big day. Beer advent calendars are our favourite kind and, so we hear, many of yours' too.

With beer advent calendars, we’re not talking about a few basic lagers you'll find in the local convenience shop. Far from it. Many of the drinks inside are specially brewed for the calendar.

There's a lot to choose from too, unlike picking your favourite chocolate brand. Some offer a range of different styles, others are suited to those who like strong beer, and some come from breweries themselves.

UPDATE: OK, so advent season has already started. But you could argue this is a red-hot time to buy a boozy advent calendar. Some may have sold out or stopped selling, but others have dropped their prices to shift unsold calendars. This is when the bargain hunter should strike.

John Lewis currently sells its wine, gin and tonic and "fizz" calendars at half price, if you're keen on an alcohol calendar and don't mind that it's not beery.

Beer Hawk's calendar is now in a 3 for 2 promo, with an extra £10 off.

Mikkeller Christmas Calendar (Can not be ordered together with other products)

We won’t spoil any of the beer line-ups here, but you can click the links to lists, where available, if you’d rather be sure what you’re buying. Otherwise you’ll be able to get an idea from this article and leave them a surprise.

A large crate of beer is 24 bottles or cans so it’s perfect for an advent calendar. They often sell out a long time before December so grab one while you can. This shortlist gives you a head start on the best options.

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Adnams Beer Advent Calendar
£39.99
Advent calendars aren't just for kids, as this Adnams beer advent calendar shows. 24 days worth and 17 different types of beers to enjoy, you or your beer-loving loved one will be in seventh heaven this December. And with a tenner off, there's no better time to buy.
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£20 off
£20 off
Adnams 12 Days of Christmas gift box
£39.99
Gloriously indulgent, this gift box will keep you going all the way through the Christmas season – or at least all the way through Christmas Day. 12 drawers contain delicious treats including wine, prosecco and beer – and a gin voted the world's best. Just don't drink it all at once.
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Best beer advent calendars

Best beer advent calendars

1. BrewDog

From £40
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The well-known Scottish craft brewery has a couple of different advent calendar options for you, both of which split the 24 beers up into handy fridge size packs so you can chill the beers a group a time.


The cheaper ‘pack leaders’ option is largely core range beers but also has some interesting things from its Overworks sour brewery and BrewDog Distillery. The premium box is more suited to those who like darker, more adventurous beers.

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2. HonestBrew

£74.90
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HonestBrew’s stylish and reliable advent calendar is back again, and includes 12 exclusive beers as well as 4 unique collaborations. The 24 beers cover 20 different styles from 9 different countries.

If you want to push the boat out, you can opt for the Ultimate edition (£139.90) which is full of the "rarest and most sought after seasonal brews" from as far as New Zealand, which might be stronger or barrel aged.

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3. Beer Hawk

£49.99
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Despite being very affordable, Beer Hawk’s advent calendar includes beers from 14 different countries and no less than 19 beers brewed exclusively for this box.

It comes in a tall, reinforced box with numbered windows, and will take you through 15 different styles of beers from the likes of Thornbridge, Fourpure, Evil Twin and Mikeller. There are no repeat beers here.

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4. Hop Burns & Black

£99.00
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"All killer, no stocking filler" is the tagline from South London retailer Hop Burns & Black. This means you won’t find any basic pale ales from the supermarket here.

This year’s is all-cans, which come individually wrapped from the likes of North, Burnt Mill, Lervig, Left Handed Giant and Pressure Drop. There’s also a £10 voucher to use in the online shop come January.

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5. Imperial Beer Club

£189.00
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If you like stronger beer, especially in the winter months, the Imperial Beer Club is on hand to specially catered to your tastes. All beers are individually wrapped and will be no less than 7% in strength, with many hitting much higher.

There’s no spoiler list, but you can see what was in last year’s to give you a good idea of what’s in store. Taking out a membership will save you 10% (as well as future orders), which is more than the £12 fee.

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6. Adnams

£39.99
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If you like both traditional ale as well as modern craft styles, Adnams is on-hand with its affordable advent calendar. This comes with a wide range of the brewery’s beers, 17 in total, meaning only a few repeats. There are a few special beers too.





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7. Snaffling Pig

£59.99
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If you like the idea of an advent calendar with both beer and food, Snaffling Pig has you covered. This comes with a split of 12 beers and 12 packets of crackling, each offering three different styles/flavours including Marvelous Maple.

You’ll just have to avoid the temptation to open two windows each day so you can have a beer and snack together.

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8. Beer 52

£69.00
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Another affordable option comes from subscription service Beer 52, although you don’t have to sign up to anything to get this advent calendar.

The price includes free delivery and you’ll get 24 beers from 23 breweries spanning 13 countries and 15 styles. Spoilers are available by emailing [email protected] but you’ll get brews from The Garden Brewery, Boundary, Tempest and more.

You’ll also be in with a chance of winning a trip to Belgium as well as other prizes.

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9. Virgin Wines

£71.99
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Ok it sounds wrong, but Virgin Wines has made a beer advent calendar for this year. No wines involved (although there are wine calendars too).

We’ve taken a look at what’s inside and you’ll get a really nice range of stuff including Orval, renowned as one of the best beers in the world, as well as other Belgian crackers. In contrast, you’ll also enjoy UK brews from the likes of Harvey’s and Gipsy Hill.

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