It was another good holiday season with the Beer Advent Calendar from Craft Beer Cellar Grand Rapids. I was surprised each day with a gift wrapped, hand selected beer from December 1st to 24th.

Brian Beaucher and his team from the only Craft Beer Cellar location in Michigan did a solid job crafting 2019’s Beer Advent Box.

Photo Credit – Craft Beer Cellar Grand Rapids

When I met with Brian in November to pick up my box, he said that all 144 Beer Advent Boxes were sold out. He also said that he made a cider-only box in order to capitalize and highlight on the growing amount of ciders available.

This post is going to highlight my ranking of the Michigan beers featured in the box. There was a strong West Michigan presence in the box with nine of the eleven being from that part of the state. Each beer name links to Untappd and my notes for each are also included. Check out Part 1 of the Craft Beer Cellar GR Beer Advent Box list to see the other half of the box.

1. Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Cafe Brown

2. Murk Honcho

3. Hazel’s Nuts

  • Strong bourbon barrel with nutty hazelnut and coffee
  • Odd Side Ales
  • Grand Haven, MI
  • Day 8

4. No Mooed to Bake

5. Happy Friendsgiving

6. Harvest Peach Raspberry

  • Clean and sour, good balance between the peach and raspberry
  • Brewery Vivant
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Day 5

7. Incipient with Blackberry

8. Bright White Ale

9. Sumatra Mountain Brown

10. Little Saint Nick Cranberry Gose

  • Very tart with the addition of the Himalayan salt, light on the cranberry
  • ROAK Brewing Co.
  • Royal Oak, MI
  • Day 7

11. Barbados Slim

  • Pucker power is strong with this one, nice wheat taste on the back end
  • One Well Brewing
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Day 14

I’m looking forward to 2020, all the new beers to drink, and another round with the Beer Advent Box!


Disclaimer: Ed purchased the Beer Advent Box from Craft Beer Cellar Grand Rapids.


Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.


Bill Carney · January 1, 2020 at 12:43 pm

We stopped at Railtown yesterday and my wife picked up a 4 pack of No Mooed to Bake. She usually doesn’t come home with beer, so that’s saying a lot. She really enjoyed it.


    Ed Norton · January 1, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    That’s awesome, Bill! I also enjoyed it as part of the Beer Advent Box. Going to have to stop in to Railtown and try more. Cheers!

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