Is it too early to talk about Christmas?
Not if you're talking Christmas beers, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says, and more specifically, beer advent calendars.
In case you haven't heard of a beer advent calendar, think of the usual advent calendar, which might give you a chocolate or toy every day for the 24 days leading up to Christmas.
Now, replace those chocolates with a selection of beers.
However, buyers of beer advent calendars might find themselves disappointed this year, says Whyman.
"Last year was a really good year with three advent calendars available. This year there will only be two in B.C., the Phillips Snowbox and the Central City/Parallel 49 Mystery Gift box," Whyman said.
That means the original Craft BeerAdvent calendar won't be available in B.C. this year, she said. Even though it contains beers from British Columbia's Bridge, Townsite and Lighthouse Breweries, B.C. beer regulations mean it can't be sold in this province in 2015.
"The 2015 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar features some cans and some bottles that are on the refill program and due to regulations which prohibit the mixing of such containers within the same package in B.C., we will not be able to offer the Craft BeerAdvent Calendar in British Columbia in 2015," Craft said in a statement.
Craft says they plan to have the BeerAdvent Calendar back on the shelves for 2016.
But all is not lost, Whyman says.
There's still the Phillips Snowcase with 24 different beers brewed by Victoria's Phillips Brewing Company and the Mystery Gift Beer Advent Calendar, which, "rumour has it will contain more surprises this year than last," she said.
Both will be available soon, for around $60.


2015 Phillips Snowcase Beer Advent Calendar

The 2015 Phillips Snowcase Beer Advent Calendar is Here!

Count Down to Christmas with 24 different Phillips Beers

2015 Phillips Snowcase Beer Advent CalendarOctober 21st, 2014: The Snowcase Calendar is back!! 24 different Phillips beers in one case designed to help you count down to Christmas the best way possible: with beer!!
This year’s Snowcase has even more exclusive and rarities to be discovered. They have started to leak out to stores now, but will be hitting different areas at different times. To get your Santa claws on one please head to snowcasecalendar.com/find. This page is updated regularly and gives the most up-to-date listings of where you can grab one broken down by area. You can also see live BC Liquor Store availability at bcliquorstores.com
Once December rolls around we will be hosting a daily tasting blog at snowcasecalendar.com, complete with beer backstories, tasting notes, and a place for discussing each beer of the day. Make sure you check back then and join the party!
Good luck on the hunt, and don’t forget to head over to the website to follow along starting December 1st!

All Aboard For Craft Crossing
Parallel 49 Brewing Company and Central City Brewers and Distillers Reunite for their Second Collaboration Holiday 24-Pack

Surrey/Vancouver, B.C – October 26, 2015—This holiday season, Central City Brewers and Distillers and Parallel 49 Brewing Company are joining forces for the limited release Craft Crossing Calendar collaboration holiday 24-pack. Back by popular demand, the Craft Crossing Calendar is the second holiday pack the two craft breweries have collaborated on, this year incorporating 12 brand new holiday beers and 12 tried and true classics.

Just in time for the holidays, the Craft Crossing Calendar is returning to liquor stores in B.C, Alberta and Manitoba in early November. The holiday pack celebrates the brewing prowess of brew masters, Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Graham With and Central City’s Gary Lohin. Each Craft Crossing conductor is brewing six new special brews unique to the holiday collaboration that include sour beers, stouts, bocks, pale ales and winter ales.

“The response from last year’s collaboration was tremendous and this year, we injected even more holiday cheer with 12 new unique brews,” says Gary Lohin, Brewmaster at Central City Brewers and Distillers. “These holiday brews can only be found in the Craft Crossing Calendar and the beers in the 24-pack will remain a mystery until you open them, just like you would with a traditional chocolate advent calendar.”

“The Craft Crossing Calendar was a challenging and rewarding project for our team,” says Graham With, Brewmaster at Parallel 49 Brewing Company. “Expanding the depth of the project by adding more unique beers than last year allowed for us to stretch our legs creatively and deliver a what we hope is a great experience for those buying the pack.”

The limited release Craft Crossing Calendar collaboration holiday 24-pack makes for a great holiday gift and features special holiday beers unique to the 24-pack. The Craft Crossing Calendar is available in liquor stores in B.C, Alberta and Manitoba in early November.