WHAT better way to countdown to Christmas than with a beer every day?
Luckily, the best beer advent calendars offer you just that and are a great gift for any beer lovers out there each day. You're introduced to a new beer to experience.
There are a whole host of beer websites, including Brewdog and Honestbrew, who have joined in on the fun, producing their own advent calendars.
Typically, beer advent calendars contain 24 unusual, exciting and often award-winning beers, but they can also come in a box of 12.
Sometimes these beers are brewed exclusively for the calendars and are often limited editions giving beer lovers a taste of something new and unique.
Some beer-themed advent calendars include snacks, too – as well as access to exclusive events, free drinking glasses, and secret online tastings for beer lovers.
Bitters, stouts, IPAs, and pale ales… we want it all. Here's our line-up of the best beer advent calendars to try this Christmas.
Best beer advent calendars at a glance
- Best overall beer advent calendar: Star Wars Original Stormtrooper Beer Advent Calendar
- Best craft beer advent: Virgin Wines Beer Advent Calendar 2023
- Best lager Advent: Traditional Beer Company Lagers of the World Beer Hamper
- Best ale Advent: BrewDog Advent Calendar
- Best IPA Advent: Beavertown Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Beavertown Craft Beer Advent Calendar
- Beavertown Craft Beer Advent Calendar,pre-order from Beavertown – buy here
Founded by the son of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Beavertown is arguably one of the most recognisable craft breweries, thanks to its distinctive illustrations and popular drinks, including Neck Oil and Gamma Ray.
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This year's Craft Beer Advent Calendar has arrived and it's even better than before with 24 full-size cans of bestselling and exclusive beers.
Available to pre-order now for delivery in November, the advent includes a variety of festive beers, and a special pint glass, alongside a Christmas decoration that'll look perfect on any tree.
You can find out more information about what's inside it here but it's the perfect pick for any craft beer lover.
Dimensions: TBA Number of items: 24 x 330ml cans
Star Wars Original Stormtrooper Beer Advent Calendar
- Star Wars Original Stormtrooper Beer Advent Calendar, £49 from Menkind – buy here
Star Wars fan and also an avid beer lover? We found the best of both worlds with this stormtrooper beer advent calendar.
An absolutely unique Christmas calendar perfect for dads or movie fans. The contents are as interesting as the packaging.
from Galactic pale ale all the way to Lightspeed Pilsner, there's a StaWars-themed drink for everyone. To sweeten the deal, you also get a pack of snacks to pair.
The only question you may have is, what would they pour their galactic beers into? Luckily, it also comes with an iconic stormtrooper glass and beer mats to keep your tables stain-free.
Dimensions: N/ANumber of products: 18
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Virgin Wines Beer Advent Calendar 2023
- Virgin Wines Beer Advent Calendar 2023, £79.99 from Virgin Wines – buy here
Taste your way through the best beer the world has to offer with this calendar, which contains 24 330ml cans of pale ales, traditional lagers and top-notch IPAs.
Available to pre-order now for £79.99, with an extra £10 reservation fee, there's no better time than the present to get sorted on presents.
Dimensions: N/ANumber of items: 24
Traditional Beer Company Lagers of the World Beer Hamper
- Traditional Beer Company Lagers Of the World Case of 12 Bottled Beers, £34.99 from Amazon – buy here
Okay, so this isn't an advent calendar as such, but beer-obsessives will be just as happy with a larger world tour courtesy of this Festive Beer Hamper by the Traditional Beer Company, available on Amazon.
Inside are 12 lagers from 11 different countries around the world, including Germany, USA, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Spain and Jamaica.
It's not crafty as such, with pretty mainstream favourites like Coors, Corona, and Cobra, but it's a great way to share a budget-friendly, festive beer with mates this year.
With a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, you can be sure there's not a drop of these bottles left come Christmas Customers call it a 'great gift' with another praising it for being a 'nice gift for beer lovers'.
Dimensions: 27.5x26x22.5cmNumber of items: 12
The Snaffling Pig Co. Pork Crackling and Beer Advent Calendar
- The Snaffling Pig Co. Pork Crackling and Beer Advent Calendar, £67.95 from The Snaffling Pig Co. – buy here
Why stop at a simple beer advent calendar when you can pick up a Christmas gem like this one from The Snaffling Pig Co., which not only includes 12 cans of beer but also 12 bags of award-winning pork crackling?
Behind the 24 windows, you'll find three varieties of pork crackling – Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple and Perfectly Salted – as well as Snaffling Pig beer cans in Twisted Tail Pale Ale, Mighty Swine Lager and Wild Hog Helles.
If you're looking for an item to pair with it, you can also grab their case of 6 popped pork for an extra £5.95.
Dimensions: 46.8×27.2×12.6cm Number of items: 24
Beerwulf Beer Advent Calendar
- Beer Advent Calendar, £83.99 from Beerwulf – buy here
Beer retailer Beerwulf has joined the festivities and produced a beer-y good advent calendar of its own – available to order now, with free delivery.
Chock full of 24 extra special beers from unique brewers, Beerwulf promises this is its best calendar yet – with some exclusive beers brewed by the likes of Amsterdam's sister-founded Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen and Middelburg-based brewmasters, the Kees brewery.
After working on it all year, with exciting collabs hidden inside, Beerwulf has announced that there are over 12 different styles to boast, with the full sneak peek available to see here.
The contents include beers from all over the world, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Japan.
Dimensions: N/A Number of items: 24 beers
Beer Countdown Advent Calendar
- Beer Countdown Advent Calendar, £129.95 from Not On The High Street – buy here
Spend the month of December merrily sampling 24 delicious beers with the help of this charming advent calendar.
Behind each of the 24 windows hides a bottle of hand-picked beer to invigorate your taste buds.
This present-shaped calendar is available to purchase now, with delivery in just two days, so get cracking on your way to having a 'beery' Christmas.
It currently holds a perfect 5-star rating with a reviewer whose husband is a 'bit of a beer connoisseur' and 'loving it', so if you're giving it as a gift, it sounds like you're pretty safe with this choice.
Dimensions:35x48x21CM Number of items: 24
BrewDog Advent Calendar
- BrewDog Advent Calendar from BrewDog- buy here
When it comes to the best beer advent calendars around, BrewDog is an annual favourite for many beer lovers.
The brand is known for its exciting flavour combos (marshmallow and chocolate stout layer cake beer, anyone?) and its commitment to sustainability.
Coming soon, last year's beer advent calendar was packed with 24 craft beers, including five popular launches and five advent calendar exclusives so we can imagine that this year's one will be similar.
If you like surprises, you can check to see when their next release is here.
Dimensions: N/A Number of items: 24 beers
British Beer Advent Calendar
- British Beer Advent Calendar, £84.99 from Best of British Beer – buy here
For British beer fans, this 24-window advent calendar contains a mixture of bottles and cans to inspire and indulge.
Chock full of favourites – and surprises – from independent breweries across Britain, such as Magic Rock in Huddersfield, Thornbridge in Derbyshire and Sambrooks in London.
Great as a gift for friends or yourself, and if you want to order it now, you have the option to delay your delivery to arrive on or just before a specific date.
Dimensions: Mix of 330ml & 440ml bottles and cans. Number of items: 24
Super Dad Beer Box
- Super Dad Beer Box, £69.95 from Bier Company – buy here
If you're looking for the perfect gift for a dad or huge beer lover, they'll be given an exciting selection of 24 craft beers hidden behind an epic gift package that is a delightful fusion of everything a craft-loving dad would enjoy.
And if you can't be bothered with the faff of festive decor, then this bad boy is a unique twist on decoration in itself: designed with a superhero-esque comic for a new way to decorate Christmas.
Beer-wise, there are 24 craft beers from 24 different British breweries to enjoy, including 3 snacks to pair with it, 1 limited edition super dad beer box and one pair of Dad socks because you can never have enough of those.
Dimensions: N/A Number of items: 24 beers 3 snacks 1 pair of socks
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Beer52 Craft Beer Advent Calendar
- Beer52 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, £64.99 from – buy here
Enjoy an international journey through craft beers from 17 different countries with this advent calendar from Beer52.
There are 18 different styles behind the 24 windows, all from a hand-picked selection of microbreweries – and you can sample them all in the accompanying tasting glass.
You could even win a free beer (or case of beer) with the hidden scratch card in every calendar.
Flavourly Craft Beer Canvent Calendar
- Craft Beer Canvent Calendar, £59.95 from Flavourly – buy here
Flavourly’s popular Craft Beer Canvent Calendar is back for another year – and impressively, every single one of the 24 beers inside is the popular choice from last year.
The perfect chance to sample some fresh craft beers from the brand's lineup of hand-selected brewers, seven of the 24 have even been made especially for the occasion for a truly unique tasting experience.
Unlike other brands, which offer a preview of what's inside, Flavourly is keeping it a complete surprise – although they have revealed that you can expect beers from the likes of First Chop, Brewgooder, Siren, Quantock and more.
Haysmith’s Beer Advent Calendar
- Haysmith’s Beer Advent Calendar, £39.99 from Aldi – buy here
Supermarket favourite Aldi’s craft beer advent calendar kicks off the festivities with 24 favourites to take you up to Christmas Eve.
Best sellers include Perfect Storm Ale, Otis Blood Orange IPA and Paolo Peach Pale Ale – and there are 12 flavours in total.
It launches on 28th October.
Black Sheep Brewery Black Sheep Beer Advent Calendar
- Black Sheep Beer Advent Calendar, £74.95 from Black Sheep Brewery – buy here
While plenty of breweries have been taken over by drinks giants (like Beavertown, above), North Yorkshire's Black Sheep Brewery has remained fiercely independent – an ethos that can be traced back to the 90s, when black sheep of the family, Paul Theakston, left his family brewery after it was bought out.
If that's a backstory you can get behind, then make sure to check out Black Sheep's beer advent calendar, which is filled with award-winning beers plus some new limited-edition brews.
It's available in a red and black or green design, with a bottle or can of Black Sheep or York Brewery beer behind each of the 24 doors.
Fodabox Craft Beer and Artisan Snack Advent Calendar
- Craft Beer and Artisan Snack Advent Calendar, £74.99 from Fodabox – buy here
If you can't decide between beer or nibbles, then this Craft Beer and Artisan Snack Advent Calendar from Fodabox is for you.
With 24 windows to open, you'll be able to tuck into an equal mix of beverages and snacks – with 12 craft beers made by independent brewers from Gun Brewery to Forest Road and 12 artisan snacks by makers including Serious Pig and Olly's.
With everything from lagers and IPAs to olives, cashews and cheese, it's going to be a good December with this calendar by your side.
Tiny Rebel Advent Calendar
- Advent Calendar, £87.50 from Tiny Rebel – buy here
Craft beer lovers will already be well aware of Welsh microbrewery Tiny Rebel, with its favoured cans like Clwb Tropicana – available now in most supermarkets.
Except now, the brewery has taken it one step further and produced a pretty banging beer advent calendar.
Every single one of the 25 beers available in the calendar is a collector's edition can that will only be available this year – and never seen again. A dream for limited edition tick-boxers!
This year, the calendar also includes 10 440ml calendar exclusive cans of beer and 15 330ml exclusive cans – as well as a unique, branded Teku glass to enjoy your tinnies from while you countdown to Christmas in style.
Siren Craft Brew Beer Advent Calendar
- Siren Craft Brew Beer Advent Calendar, £90 – buy here
The contents of this calendar from Berkshire Brewery, Siren Craft Brew, are still a secret, but if you simply can't wait until December, you can email the company now and ask them.
There are 24 cans to get you in the Christmas spirit, including festive favourites, new friends and exclusives.
Pre-order now for delivery from mid-November.
The Dry Drinker Alcohol-Free Beer Advent Calendar
- The Dry Drinker Alcohol Free Beer Advent Calendar, now £48.50 (was £73) at The Dry Drinker – buy here
Any line-up of the best beer advent calendars of the year wouldn't be complete without an alcohol-free version for the dry drinkers in the pack.
This alcohol-free beer advent calendar proves that dry drinks are just as interesting and includes 12 cans and 12 bottles of no and low-alcohol beers, including stout, lager, and other craft beer favourites.
There's currently 25% off, plus it comes with a free glass, too – what more could you want?
Thornbridge Brewery Advent Calendar
- Thornbridge Brewery Advent Calendar, £74.99 – buy here
This collection contains a mix of 330ml and 440ml craft beers from Bakewell-based Thornbridge Brewery.
The contents are still a secret, but the calendar contains a range of styles and flavours, with abv of 3.8% to 8%.
Beer Hawk Beery Christmas Advent Calendar
- Beer Hawk Beery Christmas Advent Calendar £85 from Beer Hawk – buy here
Beerhawak is in its 9th edition of the Beery Christmas Advent Calendar – so if you haven't ordered one before, what are you waiting for?
Designed this year by graphic designer and illustrator Thibault Daumain, each door is opened by following the hidden clues – so you'll get that extra bit of satisfaction when you crack the code and locate the day's can.
And speaking of the cans, there are 24 new beers of varying styles, flavours and strengths from some of the world's best breweries.
Just three have been revealed, so you'll have to order to find out the rest…
Brew York Advent Calendar
- Brew York Advent Calendar, £48 – buy here
A 12-beer selection from North Yorkshire brewery Brew York, including four festive flavours that sound gorgeous.
They are Dreams of Brew York (cranberry, redcurrant, apple and cinnamon pastry sour), Fairytale of Brew York (stollen milk stout), BA Nightmare of Brew York (BA peanut, pecan, maple and vanilla imperial milk stout), and Nightmare of Brew York (gingerbread imperial milk stout). These are accompanied by special releases and customer favourites.
Delivery from mid-November.
What is a beer advent calendar?
Imagine a typical chocolate advent calendar; replace it with beer, and you've got it.
A beer advent calendar typically has 24 doors to open in the days leading up to Christmas, starting on 1st December.
Many beer advent calendars include a varied selection of craft beers made by independent breweries, so a beer advent calendar is a fantastic way for beer aficionados to try new flavours and expand their beer palette.
Where to buy beer advent calendars
Online is your best bet for tracking down beer advent calendars with the most varied selection of beers.
Most can be purchased directly from the brewers themselves, but certain online retailers do stock them, and we have a list if you'd like to hunt for yourself.
How much do beer advent calendars cost?
The best-value beer advent calendars generally start at around £50, with prices rising up to around £80.
For advent calendars with lots of extra products, like glasses and snacks, and that contain bigger bottles of beer, prices can sometimes climb up to around £120, as seen with some of the ones we found.
What to look for in a beer advent calendar
Think about your budget and find a beer advent calendar that fits within it.
Consider the type of beer you like and if there are any particular breweries you favour – if so, see if they produce their own advent calendar.
What is the best beer advent calendar for 2023?
With so many great beer advent calendars to choose from, it all comes down to personal preference – and of course, how much you want to spend.
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For instance, you might want to go for a household name like BrewDog, whose annual calendar always goes down a treat with beer fans.
For something more affordable, the Traditional Beer Company's Festive Beer Hamper is a great calendar alternative, while the Bier Company's Ultimate Craft Beer Advent Calendar is a complete showstopper at nearly a metre high – plus the £50 saving that's currently live is far too good to miss.
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