Remember those advent calendars you had as a kid? The best ones always had tiny squares of chocolate hidden under mini flaps, each marked for a day in December. Knowing you had something sweet to look forward to before bedtime underscored a lesson in patience, and helped make the countdown ’til Christmas a bit easier.
But we have an even better way—although admittedly stronger—to help you keep track of the number of sleeps until Santa.
A build-it-yourself advent calendar, featuring delicious, craft beer, cider, wine and spirits, all from local purveyors. Get started today and give yourself something that gives back this year: good, old holiday cheer.
THU, DEC 1
Get into the spirit of things with Shmaltz Brewing Company’s Messiah Nut Brown Ale, a World Beer Championship gold-medal winner.
FRI, DEC 2
Ease into the weekend with Olde Saratoga Brewing Company’s Death Wish Coffee Nightmare IPA, which you guessed it—has a coffee-infused finish.
SAT, DEC 3
Pick up a bottle of Ryen’s Rye with notes of pepper and honey, from Upstate Distilling Co., and embrace the season alongside some great friends.
SUN, DEC 4
Mix yourself a Bloody Mary with some real kick, by opting for High Rock Distillery’s Pepper Shine, infused with Serano, Poblano, Jalapeno, Chipotle and Habanero peppers.
MON, DEC 5
With four more days until the weekend, pour yourself a bit of relaxation with Saratoga Winery’s Spitfire, aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels with pomegranate undertones.
TUE, DEC 6
Keep things light with The Dare (Gose) from Druthers Brewing Company. Brewed with coriander and a dash of salt, you’ll love it for its citrusy, wheaty flavor. Oh and we should mention it’s $3 at Druthers, every Tuesday, from open to close.
WED, DEC 7
Get over hump day with a strong Scotch Ale from Davidson Brothers Brewing Company, that has just the right amount of sweetness—and 8.3% ABV.
THU, DEC 8
Try Saratoga Apple’s Hard Cider, made with a blend of 40 different apple varieties. Stop by their Schuylerville farm, open daily, and grab a big bottle to share.
FRI, DEC 9
Track season may be over, but you can still enjoy the flavor with Trappists at the Track, a Belgian Triple from Artisanal Brew Works, which boasts a “perfect balance” of malt, hops, and yeast.
SAT, DEC 10
Pour two-fingers-worth of Yankee Distillers’ Colonial Rum, and embrace the holiday spirit, literally, the way it was done in days of old.
SUN, DEC 11
With hints of dark chocolate and coffee, feel free to open a bottle of Argyle Brewing’s Oatmeal Stout whenever the “it’s five o’clock somewhere” feeling hits.
MON, DEC 12
Go bold, with Fruit of the Forest Hard Cider from Nine Pin, made with sour cherries and sumac cones for “rich, woody fruit notes.”
TUE, DEC 13
Adirondack Brewery’s Dirty, an unfiltered American Pale Ale, has loads of citrus flavor and a rousing grapefruit aroma.
WED, DEC 14
Go traditional with Lake Placid Pub & Brewery’s Ubu Ale, a garnet-hued classic English-style strong ale with a mild bitter finish.
THU, DEC 15
The Derailer IPA by Artisanal Brew Works, a nod to the old Serotta facility they now brew in, is an East Coast-style IPA with an emphasis on flavor hops.
FRI, DEC 16
Grab a big growler of Druthers’ Fist of Karma Brown and some friends and kick off the weekend right, with hoppy, malty flavor.
SAT, DEC 17
Impress your loved ones with a nip of Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery’s Sly Fox Gin, made with juniper berries, botanicals, and real Adirondack mountain water.
SUN, DEC 18
Get yourself ready for a busy week, with Albany Distilling Co.’s Death Wish Coffee-Flavored Vodka, made with the legendary cold brew and smooth vodka.
MON, DEC 19
Brighten up a Monday with Brown’s Brewing Co.’s Cherry Razz, brewed with crushed cherries and raspberries.
TUE, DEC 20
Make gift-wrapping less daunting, by opening a bottle of Ledge Rock Hill Winery’s Marquette, with blackberry, plum, spice and pepper notes.
WED, DEC 21
On the shortest day of the year, embrace whatever daylight we have left with Common Roots Brewing Company’s Daylight Double IPA.
THU, DEC 22
Warm things up from the inside, out, with Winter Warmer, from R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery. Brewed with orange peel and classic holiday spices, like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, it’s sure to get you into the mood for the holiday.
FRI, DEC 23
A longtime holiday favorite, Adirondack Winery’s Red Carriage has cranberry notes and is a perfect base for mulled wine.
SAT, DEC 24
It’s Christmas Eve! Hopefully, your shopping is done and your presents are wrapped. Time to sit back with your loved ones, in front of a nice warm fire, and sip some Bullhead Bourbon from Lake George Distilling Company.
Looking to knock more than one off your list at once? Consider the Hoppy Trails Brew Bus for a pre-Christmas get-together with friends.
Enjoy yourself—but remember to always drink responsibly. Happy Holidays!