Costco is already selling an Advent calendar full of beer

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,896) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    https://www.delish.com/food-news/a29312834/beer-advent-calendar-costco-kalea/

    Has anyone picked up one of these yet?

     
  2. travis224

    travis224 Initiate (178) Jul 24, 2010 Texas
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    So, these are mostly German microbreweries? Interesting. I Googled what brands are included for all of 5 minutes and couldn't seem to figure it out. Anybody know? My interest is piqued, but $60 for a case?
     
  3. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    That's awesome. I think I'd do this more as a gift to someone as I'm not tackling a beer a day for 24 days.

    A local bottle shop near me does something similar where they curate, wrap and number a bunch of bottles for an advent calendar, but again, too much beer and too much pressure to consume it before the holiday.
     
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  4. TomDRaleigh

    TomDRaleigh Aspirant (292) Feb 8, 2016 North Carolina
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    Scroll over for the details.

     
  5. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,752) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    From the year I did this, most of the beers were from 'different' breweries, but most cans listed one brewing location. Felt more like a smorgasbord of beers from a contract brew house than a collection of breweries. Combine that with the fact that many beer entry pages were difficult to find (labeling issues and language barrier), and I wouldn't expect to dig up much information on many of these beers.

    I liked the idea and it was a wonderful gift, but I don't know that I'd buy in again based on my previous experience.

    I'll see if I can't dig up a photo of the side of the box from my year to see how the beers compare, but at first glance, many of them look familiar.
     
  6. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,628) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    They've been selling those in Denver since August :stuck_out_tongue:
    Most of the brands aren't available locally outside of that pack. Some are craft'ish...others are closer to those store brand beers. Reactions from people who have experience with the styles seems to be mixed. I guess some are really good and others definitely aren't. That's probably not too shocking considering how old some of those items might be. They were selling those last year, so there's a shot they're still the same stock.
     
  7. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (367) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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  8. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    What was that about seasonal creep?
     
  9. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    If this is successful I could see Costco asking for monthly themed beer calendars.
     
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  10. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,971) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    List of beers from blown up image so forgive the (potentially egregious) misspellings:

    Baren Weisse Pale Hefeweizen
    Burgerliches Brauhaus Altbairisch Helles
    Edel Bayer Urtyp Helles
    Erlkonig Helles
    Graminger Kinta Dark Hefeweizen
    Grandl Lager Helles
    Hernnbrau Jubilaumsbier Dark Lager
    Herrngiersdorfer Hopfen Cuvee Pils
    Hohenthanner Blau Weisse Pale Hefeweizen
    Hosl Rauchmann Rauchbier
    Kartauser Bock Dark Doppelbock
    Kauzle Helles
    Kress Baynisch Zwickel
    Kurptalzbrau Helles
    Ladenburger Weizenbock
    Loncium Winer (Vienna) Lager
    Memminger Gold Marzen Austrian Style
    Perfenzauber Pale Ale
    Propeller Turbo Prop Imperial Pilsner
    Schlossbrau Rhoder Pils
    Schanitl Jubilaumssud Marzen
    Schwarze Tinte Dark Bock
    Wittmann Urhell Helles
    Zwdnitzer Rauchbier
     
  11. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,832) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL well that sucks :stuck_out_tongue: unless you like the tin can taste, then it was pretty tasty.
     
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  12. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,971) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    Did you drink them out of the can or something?
     
  13. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Poo-Bah (1,550) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois
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    The seasonal creep creeps me out....it gets creepier every year.
     
  14. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (395) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    One beer a day is too much to tackle? 「(゚ペ)
     
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  15. johnInLA

    johnInLA Champion (865) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    This looks very tempting. I'll keep an eye out for it on my next Costco run.
     
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  16. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (395) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Lowe's has already replaced their outdoor & patio furniture section with trees, inflatable yard decorations, wreathes, and lights.
     
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  17. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,534) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    It's impressive that the case actually contains 24 different beers rather than 2x12, 4x6, etc, but that's all I'll praise it for at this point in time.
     
  18. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Devotee (445) Nov 5, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    i got one for xmas from my sister-in-law a few years ago and all of the beers were almost a year old. only the darker ones were somewhat worthwhile.
     
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  19. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (367) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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    poured everyone I had into glasses, couldn't even finish the box they all were so tinny. I think one or two weren't but even then they weren't great beers. Felt bad was very thoughtful of my wife but I'm lucky enough to be in a place I don't need to drink crappy beer for no reason
     
  20. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Crusader (761) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    I'm hopeful that in the next decade or so, it creeps to June, then March, then back to December. :wink:
     
  21. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,100) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It's 2.50 a can for a bit more than a pint. I'll probably give it a shot. Great concept, the execution might be a bit questionable but we will have to see. Is the idea then that you drink 1 a day for the whole month of december? I always thought advent calendars were for the 12 days of christmas? I not much of a #xmasadvocate though so I might just be out of the loop
     
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  22. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,971) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    One per hour on Christmas day. Merry Christmas!
     
  23. alert

    alert Initiate (30) Aug 20, 2019 Georgia

    $10 per 4 pack of pints doesn't seem bad for imported microbrew. My local IPA's are $15 for a 4-pack and that is before shipping them across the pond
     
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  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,100) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    well I guess my christmas tradition is more traditional than i thought
     
  25. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,832) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I would love to hear feedback from any Ba folks who are over that way and can give insight into this pack? Are these considered swill or decent lol? @Snowcrash000 any feed on this pack?
     
  26. krjoseph

    krjoseph Disciple (333) Aug 3, 2012 Tennessee
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    I had the same thing. A few were drinkable but most were overly metallic. I won't buy again.
     
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  27. alert

    alert Initiate (30) Aug 20, 2019 Georgia

    2 reports of metallicness means I can't buy the pack
     
  28. EriksAleES

    EriksAleES Initiate (18) Apr 17, 2019 Colorado

    I purchased the 2017 version from my Costco in SW Denver. I was not impressed with the beers and found most to be old/oxidized. I also fell behind on the beer a day despite my best attempt to stay current. If you have a local bottleshop doing something similar, I think you'd be better served with that option. From my experience, the Costco pack was all gimmick and didn't deliver on quality. Surprising as I find Costco to be pretty good at providing value in most other areas.
     
  29. johnInLA

    johnInLA Champion (865) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Definitely rethinking this due to the comments about metallic flavor and the overall quality.
     
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  30. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,832) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I am leaning on the side of pass also. Too many folks saying metallic taste and old. Sounds like more a money grab than enjoyable, appreciate the feedback. Now I just hope no family gets me this for Christmas lol.
     
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  31. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,971) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I was really excited until all the old and metallic comments as well. Oh well.
     
  32. DISKORD

    DISKORD Disciple (390) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Hard pass IMO. We're better off making our own Beer Advent Calendar.
     
  33. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,330) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    I couldn't really comment on this particular pack, but none of the breweries mentioned ring a bell at all and I generally try to keep far, far away from these German advent calendar offerings as they are, in my limited experience, usually an attempt to pass off old swill by crappy breweries at an outrageous price. Kalea is quite notorious for this in my opinion.
     
  34. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Silly Americans using lined cans....:wink:
     
  35. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,832) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Thank your for your input, I am taking it and passing. I also did not recognize any of the names and that was weird to me, figured I would have known a few. I always am skeptical with holiday packs just because it seems to always be more a gimmick than legit.
    Cheers :beers::beers:
     
  36. fritzfield

    fritzfield Initiate (90) Nov 7, 2008 New Hampshire

    What he said. My daughter and son-in-law bought this as a gift last Christmas. There were maybe 2 or 3 tasty ones, the rest were really a waste/waist of calories.

    It's the thought that counts.

    But fo $60 - now's ood time to remind my daughter to not get me this again this year.
     
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  37. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,100) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    were the ones you guys had from these same breweries? Is it the same pack year after year or is there any hope it's improving?

    I really like the idea and would love it to be evenly moderately representative of german beer generally
     
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  38. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (367) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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    I cant check now I'm in hospital with my wife but on untappd I'm brutalfarce if you wanna check
     
  39. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (367) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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    Scratch that had the rauchbier and the zwickel at least think it's at least some overlap
     
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  40. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,100) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    appreciate it and hope alls well for you and the wife
     
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