2021 Beer Advent Calendar

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Drinks / Holiday Drinks / Winter
  • Post last modified:October 25, 2022
  • Reading time:26 mins read

2021 Beer Advent Calendar – not just beer

If you’ve been here before, you know that in 2019 we decided to make our own beer advent calendars. This was after being underwhelmed by the the others we’ve purchased or seen. Here we have: the Grecobon 2021 DIY Beer Advent Calendar.

But first, check out the first two, then c’mon back.

Insert collage of beer pics here:

2021 Beer Advent Calendar Collage

Acquiring Said Beverages

This year we purchased all of our drinks from Total Wine & More and Barons Market (a Southern California store chain). A few of my beers came from our Beer Club Membership with Lazy Dog Restaurant. They were part of a series focusing on Greek Mythology. We get a new themed 8 pack (4 beers 2 of each) quarterly. I figured it was an easy way to incorporate some of these in without spending extra money. I also strayed from beer a few days as well with some wines and hard seltzers.

Variety of alcoholic beverages purchased at Total Wine & More
Some of the beverages purchased for our calendars at Total Wine & More.

Assembly & Labeling

Happy with the shipping tubes we used last year, we ordered another set. This was so we would each have our own box to open every day. They’re fairly easy to put together, just monotonous. I remembered I had the shipping box and product box from my Cricut Maker. The shipping tubes fit 24 perfectly. We saved a 25th for the top of the box and that worked out just fine.

Order shipping tubes for your own Beer Advent Calendar.

For labeling, I created 25 holiday images using Canva. One image also had each of our names on it. The files were sent to Staples for printing and they did a fantastic job!

Before creating, I made sure to measure the top of the tubes so that each image would fit perfectly. A glue stick and tape are sufficient to adhere the labels to the box. You could also have them printed on sticker paper if you want.

To keep everything a surprise, we filled each other’s calendars and then arranged the boxes in a random order. The Christmas night drinks got our name images on the side and sat nicely on top of the box. Can you spot which dates we put in the same spot in each other’s calendar?

2021 Beer Advent Calendar Stats:

  • Beers – 41
  • Hard Seltzers – 2
  • Wines – 6
  • Hard Ciders – 1
  • Highest Ranked
    • Lora – 5/5: Chronic Cellars from San Miguel, California. I tried their Rose which I found delightful.
    • Matt – 5/5: Mikkeller Brewing located in San Diego, California – their Game of Thrones Night King Imperial/Double New England IPA. I giggled a little with this. Matt is one of the few people on the planet who doesn’t know who the Night King is. He refuses to watch a second of Game of Thrones.

Be sure to follow us on Untappd to track your beers and maybe find some new beers!

Without further ado, I present to you the:

2021 Beer Advent Calendar

In each photo, Matt’s drinks are on the left and listed first. My drinks are on the right and listed second. We did not rate each of each others drinks, most but not all.

December 1-3

December 1

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 1st

Matt’s Beer: Bad Boy Imperial/DIPA | Alpine Beer Company – San Diego, California, USA | 9% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.5/5

Lora’s Beer: Demeter Kuitbier Ale | Church Street Brewing – Itasca, Illinois, USA & Melvin Brewing – Alpine, Wyoming, USA | 5.9% ABV | Part of our Lazy Dog Beer Club Membership | Lora’s Rating: 4.25/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3/5

December 2

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 2nd

Matt’s Beer: Pacific Coast Hazy IPA | Hangar 24 – Redlands, California, USA | 4.8% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.75/5

Lora’s Beer: Quirk Pear Yuzu Hard Seltzer | Boulevard Brewing – Kansas City, Missouri, USA | 4.2% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 4.25/5 | Matt’s Rating 2.5/5

December 3

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 3rd

Matt’s Beer: Guavaaah! American Pale Ale | Aftershock Brewing Company – Temecula, California, USA | 5.6% ABV | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

Lora’s Beer: Old Jubilation Old Ale | Avery Brewing – Boulder, Colorado, USA | 8.3% ABV 45 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 4.25/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

December 4-6

December 4

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 4th

Matt’s Beer: The Blue IPA American IPA | Captain Fatty’s Brewery – Goleta, California, USA | 7.6% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

Lora’s Beer:  L’Autentica Ricetta Originale Pale Lager | Birra Moretti – Italy | 4.6% ABV 12 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3/5 | Matt’s Rating: 2.75/5

December 5

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 5th

Matt’s Beer: Passion Pool Gose Beer | Mikkeller Brewing – San Diego, California, USA | 4.5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

Lora’s Drink: La Vostra Prosecco | Viticoltori Ponte – Veneto, Italy | 11% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 4.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 2/5

December 6

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 6th

Matt’s Beer: Hopmata American IPA | Burning Beard Brewing – El Cajon, California, USA | 7% ABV | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

Lora’s Drink: Rose | Chronic Cellars – San Miguel, California, USA | 12.5% ABV | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

December 7-9

December 7

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 7th

Matt’s Beer: Sabre Toothed Squirrel Red Ale | Smog City Brewing – Torrance, California, USA | 7% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Beer: The Journeyman Imperial Porter | Virginia Beer Company – Williamsburg, Virginia, USA & Melvin Brewing – Alpine, Wyoming, USA | 8% ABV 36 IBU | Part of our Lazy Dog Beer Club Membership | Lora’s Rating: 4.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.75/5

December 8

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 8th

Matt’s Beer: Magnetic Midnight – California Black Lager | Seismic Brewing Company – Santa Rosa, California, USA | 5% ABV 25 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

Lora’s Drink: Rose Wine | Entwine – Napa, California, USA | 13.5% | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5

December 9

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 9th

Matt’s Beer: O’Melveny Red Ale | San Fernando Brewing Company – San Fernando, California, USA | 7.5% ABV 21 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

Lora’s Beer: Stiegl-Radler Zitrone – Shandy/Radler | Stieglbrauerei – Salzburg, Austria | 2% ABV 8 IBU | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

December 10-12

December 10

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 10th

Matt’s Beer: Norman Cream Ale | Claremont Craft Ales – Claremont, California, USA | 4.6% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3/5

Lora’s Beer: Pure Bured Organic Lager Beer – Pale Lager | Samuel Smith – Tadcaster, England | 5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine & More | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.25/5

December 11

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 11th

Matt’s Beer: Rainbows Are Real American IPA | Clown Shoes – Boston, Massachusetts, USA & Windsor, Vermont, USA | 6.75% ABV 55 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Beer: Duvel Tripel Hop Citra Belgian IPA | Duvel Moorgat – Sint-Armands, Belgium | 9.5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5

December 12

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 12th

Matt’s Beer: Wee Gus Hoppy Lager | Ballast Point – San Diego, California, USA | 4.2% ABV 25 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.75/5

Lora’s Beer: Wolters Schwarzer Herzog Schwarzbier | Hofbrauhaus – Braunschweig, Germany | 5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.25/5

December 13-15

December 13

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 13th

Matt’s Beer: Hard Charger New England/Hazy IPA | Mike Hess Brewing – San Diego, California, USA | 6% ABV | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 2/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Beer: Sun God Pilsner | Last Name Brewing – Upland, California, USA & Melvin Brewing – Alpine, Wyoming, USA | 5.1% ABV | Part of our Lazy Dog Restaurant Beer Club Collection | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

December 14

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 14th

Matt’s Beer: Blood Line – Blood Orange Ale IPA | Flying Dog Brewery – Frederick, Maryland, USA | 8% ABV 40 IBU | Purchased at | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

Lora’s Drink: Blackberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer | Ashland Brewing – San Diego, California, USA | 5% ABV | Purchased at Barons Markets | Lora’s Rating: 3/5 | Matt’s Rating: 2.5/5

December 15

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 15th

Matt’s Beer: Paws and Claws IPA | Avery Brewing Company – Boulder, Colorado, USA | 7.5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine |  Lora’s Rating: 3.25/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Drink: Pear Hard Cider | Wyders Cider – Middlebury, Vermont, USA | 4% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

December 16-18

December 16

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 16th

Matt’s Beer: The Independent American IPA | El Segundo Brewing – El Segundo, California, USA  | 6.8% ABV IBU | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Drink: Extra Dry California Champagne | Rocar Baireau Vineyards – Woodbridge, California, USA | 11% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 3/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3/5

December 17

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 17th

Matt’s Beer: The Greatland Special IPA | M. Special Brewing Company – Goleta, California, USA | 7.2% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

Lora’s Drink: Prosecco Wine | 071 Veneto, Italy | 11% ABV | Purchased at Baron’s Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.25/5

December 18

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 18th

Matt’s Beer: Dragon’s Milk White – White Stout | New Holland Brewing – Holland, Michigan, USA | 6% ABV 35 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

Lora’s Drink: Margarita Gose – Sour Fruited Gose | Great Divide – Denver, Colorado, USA | 5.8% | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

December 19-21

December 19

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 19th

Matt’s Beer: Mango Passion Gelato – Imperial Pastry Sour | Wild Barrel Brewing – San Marcos, California, USA | 8.5% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 3/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.5/5

Lora’s Drink: Icelandic Toasted Porter – Baltic Porter | Einstok Olgerd – Akureyri, Iceland | 6% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3/5

December 20

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 20th

Matt’s Beer: Triple Play Triple IPA | Strike Brewing Company – San Jose, California, USA | 10% ABV 30 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.5/5

Lora’s Drink: Hoegaarden Wit/Blanche – Wheat Beer/Wit Bier | Brouwerij Hoegaarden – Hoegaarden, Belgium | 4.5% ABV 15 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3/5

December 21

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 21st

Matt’s Beer: Game of Thrones Night King – Imperial Double New England IPA | Mikkeller Brewing – San Diego, California, USA | 8.2% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.75/5

Lora’s Drink: Rose Wine | Wine By Joe – Dundee, Oregon, USA | 13.5% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 4.25/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3/5

December 22-24

December 22

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 22nd

Matt’s Beer: Paws & Claws IPA | Avery Brewing – Boulder, Colorado, USA | 7.5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 4/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Drink: Hestia Flame Hazy IPA | Brewheim & Noble Ale Works – Anaheim, California, USA | 6.7% ABV 45 IBU | Part of our Lazy Dog Beer Club Arrangement | Lora’s Rating: 4.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.5/5

December 23

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 23rd

Matt’s Beer: Galaxy & Comet – Imperial Double IPA | The Hop Concept – San Marcos, California, USA | 8% ABV | Purchased at Barons | Lora’s Rating: 2.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.5/5

Lora’s Drink: Wit – Wheat Beer/Wit Bier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus – Watou, Belgium | 5.5% 10 ABV IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3/5 | Matt’s Rating: 2/5

December 24

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 24th

Matt’s Beer: Milk Truck – Milk Stout | Mother Earth Brewing Company – Vista, California, USA & Nampa, Idaho, USA | 5.8% ABV 30 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Matt’s Rating: 4/5

Lora’s Drink: Trooper (Created by Iron Maiden) Extra Special/Strong Bitter | Robinsons Brewery – England | 4.7% ABV 35 IBU | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 4/5

Bonus Christmas Beverage:

December 25

2021 Beer Advent Calendar - December 25th

At last, Christmas is here. Like last year, we decided to add an additional beer to our calendar.

Matt’s Beer: Always Summer – West Coast Double IPA | Mikkeller Brewing – San Diego, California, USA | 8% ABV | Purchased at Barons Market | Lora’s Rating: 3.75/5 | Matt’s Rating: 4.25/5

Lora’s Drink: Kook Slams American IPA | Duck Foot Brewing Company – San Diego, California, USA | 7.5% ABV | Purchased at Total Wine | Lora’s Rating: 3.5/5 | Matt’s Rating: 3.75/5

Become our friend on Untappd!

Matt: crackers 8199

Distinct Beers: 3,302 As of October 24, 2022

Lora: llc156

Distinct Beers: 1,957 As of October 24, 2022

Curious about Untappd? Learn more about the app!

Until Next Year

Hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas. It seems fitting that we both ended with beers having something to do with summer. Isn’t that just so on par with a Southern California Christmas?  However on Christmas Day it was rainy and windy. But the beers encompass most of our year’s weather.  With this we end our Beer Advent Calendar of 2021.  

Until Next Year Beer Advent Calendar!  We bid you adieu!


Connect with us on Social Media:


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments