Craft ~ brews and reviews
By Greg Richardson
It is December!
Many churches are in a liturgical season called Advent, a time of
preparation for Christmas.
There are several
strategic ways to plan the ways we prepare for Christmas. One of my
favorites when I was a child is using an Advent calendar. Advent
calendars work in various ways, though generally there is a space
for each day. Many of them have spaces which work like little
windows, so a new window is opened each day.
Opening the window
might reveal a piece of chocolate or other candy, so there is a
small treat each day of Advent.
This year, I was
thinking there might be a better way to mark the days and help me
remember to prepare. I thought it might be helpful to design my own
craft beer Advent calendar.
calendars begin on December 1, so you can follow along with me:
1. I will
begin Advent with a Smoked
Black Lager from Craftsman
Brewing Company in Pasadena,
2. Advent continues with a Vanilla
Porter Ale brewed seasonally with vanilla beans by Angel
City Brewing in Los Angeles.
3. Our third day is dedicated to a California
Black Beer, which is an American dark lager brewed by Dale
Brothers Brewery in Upland,
4. The fourth day of Advent takes
us back to Los Angeles for an East
LA IPA from Angry Horse
5. Today I head up to Agoura Hills,
California for a Picture
City Porter at Ladyface Ale
6. This day reminds us that Congregation
Ale House also brews their own
beers. I choose to remember with a Dark
of the Covenant American dark ale.
7. Completing the first week of
Advent, I turn to a Solidarity
Black Mild Ale from Eagle Rock
Brewery in Los Angeles. Nitro?
8. After the first week, I reward
myself with an Xocoveza
Charred Milk Stout from Stone
Brewing Company in Escondido,
9. Though I am tempted by a Gifts
of the Magi today at Lost Abbey in
San Marcos, California, I stick with my first inclination, a Serpent’s
10. Today is the day for a Black
Lightning Porter at Lightning
Brewery, the very scientific
brewery in Poway, California.
11. The trip to Alpine, California is
worth it to visit Alpine Brewing
Company and commemorate this day
in Advent with a Captain
12. I think I will stop in today for a Martial
Law at Iron Fist Brewing Company in Vista,
13. It feels like a good day to head to
Anaheim, California for a Financier at Noble
14. This could be the perfect day for a
drive to Redlands, California for a Chocolate
Porter a tHangar 24 Brewery,
at the Redlands Airport.
15. We are deep into Advent, and I will
celebrate with a Noche
de los Muertos Imperial Stout with Cinnamon from Aztec
Brewery in Vista, California.
16. Today is the day we head over to
Riverside, California for a Black
Beauty Cream Stout at Packinghouse
17. I think I will head up the California
coast to Ventura to sample an Oil
Piers Porter at Surf Brewery.
18. Past Ventura, we might as well
continue on to Santa Barbara and grab a Ravena
Stout at Telegraph Brewing
19. As long as we are already in Santa
Barbara, and headed toward to culmination of Advent, let’s keep
going for a Velvet
Merlin at Firestone Walker
Brewing Company in Buellton,
20. If we were driving up the California
coast, I would push on to Cambria, California for an Old
#23 Robust Porter at the 927
21. On our way back south, let’s stop in
Van Nuys, California for a Jackie
Tar brown stout at MacLeod Ale
Brewing Company. it is either that
or a King’s Taxes.
22. Not only are almost entirely
through Advent, but today is my birthday. One of my favorites is Mint
Chocolate Porter from Bootlegger’s
Brewery in Fullerton, California.
23. Today we head to Inglewood,
California to visit Three Weavers
Brewing Company at enjoy a Midnight Flight
24. Today is
Christmas Eve. If you have prepared well, you are ready for
Christmas. Stay home, relax, and taste some of the beer you bought
in anticipation of tomorrow.
Greg Richardson is a leadership and
organizational coach, and a spiritual life mentor, in Pasadena,
California. He is passionate about craft brewing, listening, and
monks and monastic life. Greg is a recovering attorney, executive,
and university professor. Greg’s website is StrategicMonk.com and
he is on Twitter @StrategicMonk.
You can email Greg at StrategicMonk@gmail.com.