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The 8 Best Alcohol Advent Calendars of 2021

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What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with alcohol advent calendars? Behind each door of these boxes is a different type of spirit, wine, beer or hard seltzer—one for every day of the advent. All make for an excellent gifting option, though we won’t judge if you pick up a calendar for yourself. Here are the best alcohol advent calendars to order today.

Best Overall: Flaviar Whiskeys of the World

Flaviar Whiskeys of the World

This whiskey club traverses the world in just 24 days by packing up globe-trotting drams in its advent calendar. Expect spirits from Scotland, Spain, Taiwan, Ireland and India.

Here, Flaviar includes 24 unique whiskeys, plus a traditional Glencairn glass to properly enjoy every dram. Each vial also holds 1.7 ounces of whisk(e)ys. To accompany the spirits, Flaviar provides tasting, production and flavor notes.

For those who loved last year's calendar, the brand has completely switched up its offerings, so expect new bottles from Cotswolds Distillery in the U.K., Australia’s Starward Nova and Spain’s Navazos-Palazzi.

Best for Hanukkah: City Brew Tours Holiday Craft Beer Boxes

City Brew Tours Hanukkah and Christmas Boxes

Courtesy of City Brew 

City Brew Tours, known for its signature brewery tours, rolled out two advent-style craft beer boxes this year. The Hanukkah box brings eight nights of craft beers, ranging in styles from hazy New England IPAs to creamy stouts and Belgians, one for each night of Hanukkah. Brewery swag, gelt, and other beer-themed gifts are hidden throughout the box. 

The Christmas box has a beer for each of the 12 days of Christmas, plus a sprinkling of branded gifts from the breweries and other stocking stuffers (think Christmas candies and bottle openers). For both boxes, the recipient can join an online discussion with a panel of beer experts on each day of the advent.

Best for Sparkling Wine: World Market Bubbly Box

Bubble Box Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar

 Courtesy of World Market

The holidays aren't complete without some bubbly. World Market offers a fun advent calendar, with seven bottles of sparkling wine from around the world. There’s crisp cava from Spain, prosecco from Italy, cool sparkling wine from California, and, of course, Champagne from France. 

Sip the sparkling wine on its own, or use the small bottles of bubbly to craft effervescent cocktails, like a French 75, a Champagne Cocktail or a Champagne Cobbler. Each bottle also contains 187 milliliters (or just under 7 ounces) of wines—perfect for a solo glass at night or splitting petite glasses with a loved one.

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Best Customizable: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Etsy Wine Christmas Tree

 Courtesy of Etsy

Shopping for an oenophile and know just what bottles to get them? This adorable advent calendar has enough slots for all their favorite wines, so you can personally curate the calendar. The laser-cut wood tree is outfitted to hold 24 mini bottles of wine (or, there's a scaled-down version that holds mini bottles of liquor). 

Measuring 22 inches in height, the handcrafted tree makes for great holiday decor. Alcohol is not included with this advent calendar, which allows you to fully customize bottles based on your recipient (or, if shopping for yourself, fill with your favorite vino).

Best for Whiskey: Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar

Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar

The Spirits Co

As any whiskey enthusiast will tell you, some of the best drams in the world come from Japan, thanks to producers painstakingly replicating the pedigree of Scotch in Japanese terroir.

A great way to experience the world of Japanese whisky is via an advent calendar. This one from The Spirit Co includes 24 different 1-ounce drams, all hand-sealed in wax. Expect many award-winning distilleries and esteemed drams in the calendar (though they’ll be a surprise until you open them): Kaiyo, Nikka Days, Suntory, Hibiki and Yamazaki among them. 

For all the spirits fans in your life, the brand also offers bourbon, tequila and rare whiskey iterations of this calendar. (The latter is even packed with bottles of incredible small-production whiskeys.)

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Best for Hard Seltzer: Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar

Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar

Hard Seltzer has become one of the most popular drinks for summer. So why not keep that sentiment going through the colder months? This quirky set from Give Them Beer packs 12 different hard seltzers in a fun twist on the traditional advent calendar. 

Don’t expect any sugary swill here—the company curates some of the best hard seltzers of the year into a festive offering. White Claw and Truly will be found by each door, but there are also under-the-radar brands like Mighty Swell and Wild Basin. 

Deliveries are available in November, though reservations are now open for pre-order. 

Best for Beer: Beer Advent Calendar

Craft Beer Advent Calendar

Behind each door in this suds-filled advent calendar lies a different craft beer, hand-picked from crowd-favorite breweries across the country. There are 12 craft beers here, including ales, IPAs and porters. These aren't just any beers, though—every pick is rated 97+ to ensure what you’re getting is quality. Expect suds from Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Cigar City, Bell's, Oskar Blues, Founders and Victory. 

A perfect gift for your favorite beer lover, the calendars can also be personalized with a note. They are available for pre-order and will ship in mid-November. 

Read Next: The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers, According to Experts

Best Value: Wine Advent Calendar

Wine Advent Calendar

For the vino fiend, Give Them Beer's Wine Advent Calendar features 12 different bottles of wine behind each door. Expect bottles from well-known wineries, like Ruffino and The Pinot Project.

While many other advent calendars include small glasses of wine, this one goes all in with 375-milliliter half bottles. Selections run the gamut from red, white, rosé and sparkling wines. With bottles large enough for sharing, this is a particularly enticing option for you and a friend or as a gift for couples.

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Kate Dingwall is a seasoned beverage writer, with work appearing on Wine Enthusiast, Tales of the Cocktail, and others. She likes her wine ice-cold and is always in for a camping trip.

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