Advent calendars might just be the only way kids make it through the agonizing wait for Christmas. After all, a little morning chocolate or toy goes a long way towards keeping kids happy. In the same vein, a little mid-week boozy brunch or dinner keeps most adults pretty happy, no matter how many times well-meaning relatives ask, "What do you mean you don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend?"
Beer advent calendars are downright necessary during the holiday season.
Although many delicious beer advent calendars aren't shipped to the U.S. (Booze Bud's advent calendar, which offers 25 days of Australian beer or cider for $100, would be an awesome holiday gift for anyone living Down Under), you can still get your holiday buzz on.
If you live near a Costco, you may luck out by finding one of their beer advent calendars, which often run under $100 and include 24 different German beers this season.
If Costco isn't an option, take the beer by the stein and craft your own advent calendar. What you miss out on in surprises, you make up for with knowing you won't end up with an IPA you detest. You can even house your calendar in nifty ready-to-assemble cases that keep the rest of the family from knowing what the next beer is.
The perfect pairing for any beer advent calendar is definitely a cheese advent calendar. Or just a frosty glass. It really is a wonderful life.