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The 9 Best Alcohol Advent Calendars of 2020

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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 Gifting: Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine


Vinebox was the first company to craft a wine advent calendar, and it is continuing the tradition with three cheeky options. Depending on your flavor profile (or your personality), you can pick from the Nice Edition, Naughty Edition or the Naughty & Nice Bundle. In past years, Nice is filled with "harmonious whites and silky soft reds," while Naughty is packed with "blood reds and sultry whites." Even though this is a new-school way of ordering wine, expect wines from lauded, old-school regions like Vouvray, Côte de Brouilly and Médoc.

Over 12 nights of vino, Vinebox is counting down the holidays with 12 or 24 different glasses of wine, each packaged into petite, single-serving flasks. This is a great gift for the wine lover in your life.

Note that all editions of this calendar may be sold out, so be sure to sign up for notifications once they are restocked.

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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.)

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 Splurge: Really Good Whisky Company Advent Calendar

Really Good Whisky Company Advent Calendar

The Really Good Whisky Company curates boxes of exceptional whiskey, including single malts, peaty whiskeys and Sherry-inflicted drams. This advent calendar comes with 25, 1-ounce bottles of whisk(e)y. Many will spot big names like Bruichladdich, Bowmore and GlenMorangie, but will be pleasantly surprised by lesser-known distilleries like Speyside’s Tamdhu and Japan’s Chita. 

This version is a bit pricier than many other advent calendars, but the quality is reflected in the price—expect single casks and older expressions for fans of high-end Scotch. (Past iterations have included Dalmore 14-Year-Old and Heaven Hill 8-Year-Old.)

Every day of the advent, the company also offers a live discussion and tasting session of the dram.

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Best for Couples: Vintage Wine Estates Holiday Advent Calendar

Vintage Wine Estates 12 Days Holiday Advent Calendar

Many wine calendars on the market offer just a small tasting of wine. Enter Vintage Wine Estates, which has curated an advent calendar filled with 12, 375-milliliter bottles of wine (equivalent to two glasses). It’s perfect for the wine lover who wants to enjoy a bit more than a vial, or for the couple looking to share their advent experience. 

This box features a variety of wines like buttery California chardonnays, as well as more complex pinot noirs and cabernet sauvignons. There are even a few bright, breezy moscatos to whisk you away to warmer weather. And, as a bonus, Vintage Wine Estates threw in an aptly-named Ho Ho Ho Merlot.

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. 

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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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Best for Gin: Ginvent Advent Calendar

Ginvent Advent Calendar

The British know gin, and who better to pack up 24 different gins than U.K.-based Gin Foundry. Its alcohol advent calendar highlights the versatility of the spirit through sample-size bottles of different styles and flavors. 

We won’t ruin the surprise with the full list, but behind each door, you'll find 1-ounce bottles from Bathtub Gin, Hayman’s, One Gin, Old Tom Gin and Campfire Gin. There are also more creative gins in flavors like cardamom, rhubarb, lavender and rhubarb ginger. 

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