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Lego/Beer Advent GIFs 2017

Back by popular Demand, it’s lego/Craft Beer Advent gifs. I love LEGO (who doesn’t?) and I also love beer (…) so what could be better than LEGO and beer advent calendars?

This year, I scored a sweet, unopened LEGO Kingdom’s calendar from 2010. Looking forward to another year of building and drinking delicious beers from Craft Beer Imports.

Day Fourteen: Dark Signs from White Pony. And I thought day 13 was heavy at 8%, along comes this beer. Sword’s in stones. Harder than they look.

Day Thirteen: Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Brewery. Wee heavy is right at 8%. Strong beer and that hair-do calls for some wee heavy metal head banging.

Day Twelve: Half Bastard stout from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.. Love this constructivist label. Nice and chocolatey and Canadian to boot. LEgo was a weird, cute little pig with an apple, so I had to go all axe murder-y to make it more exciting.

Day Eleven: Dasher & Dancer Red ale-ish from Brouwerij De Molen. Maybe it’s the Dutch in me but I love everything these people make. Jail windows are hard to animate, so more creepy skeletons.

Day Ten: Le Grimoire Shamans from Le Grimoire Microbrasserie. Crazy red eyed Shaman makes skeletons come to life, but then immediately fall apart. Not as apple-y as you’d think.

Day Nine: Palate Trip Sour IPA from 8 Wired. Not as sour as most sours, which is a great thing. You’re probably wondering how he fits in there…

Day Eight: American Imperial Stout from Clown Shoes Beer. Stout-fest 2017 continues with this tasty american brew thats as delicious as the label is crazy. Watch out for sneaky peeps behind your chair…

Day Seven: ‘Grisette Belgian Ale’ from Camba Bavaria. Frogs are gross. Don’t kiss them. This beer is not gross. Drink it.

Day Six: ‘Beaver’s Milk Stout’ from Belching Beaver Brewery. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. And if you don’t have a protein pill, drink this hearty, delicious beer. Once again, after judging the book by its cover, I assumed this was a Canadian beer (see Cocanuck Stout, Day 3). Everyone want’s to be Canadian I guess.

Day Five: ‘Alien Klaw’ from Napabier. 2017 was the year of the unfiltered IPA for me (Electric Unicorn for the win) so I was supper excited to crack this Belgian IPA this afternoon. So good. Also, a spiky wheelbarrow?

Day Four: ‘The Quads Are Not What They Seem’ from Evil Twin Brewing. You’d never know this beer is 10%. Smooth, sweet and delicious. Don’t go waving around your spiky ball-on-a-chain after too many of these.

Day Three: Cocanuck Stout from Saugatuck Brewing. Bedknobs and Broomsticks was at one point my favourite movie. This beer is Coconutty and delicious and despite what you might think, not brewed in Canada. Great work Saugatuck.

Day Two: Dubbel Advent from Nøgne Ø. Last year these guys had a delicious brown ale, and this year’s dubbel did not disappoint either. Tastes like the holidays, but in a beer. Just hammering away at these to get caught up… #PunIntended – Also, Handcrafted Ale from Shipyard Brewing makes for a great light filter.

Day One: Handcrafted Ale from Shipyard Brewing. We tried smashing it open with a tiny plastic hammer but eventually resorted to unscrewing the cap…

Lego/Beer Advent GIFs 2016

I love LEGO (who doesn’t?) and I also love beer (…) so what could be better than LEGO and beer advent calendars?

When work gets stale, you sometimes need some creative outlet, so this Advent season, I’ll be showing off my sweet Star Wars Advent LEGO sets along with my fancy European Beers, while giving myself a nice daily break to drink a beer and build some LEGO. Everyone wins. (mostly me)

Day Twenty Four! The elusive Chewbacca finally showed up on the last day, so he get’s the sasquatch treatment. The most christmas-y beer yet goes to this December Flower Winter Ale from Brouwerij Het Nest of Belgium. Happiest of Holidays everyone, thanks for tagging along.

Day Twenty Three Clootie Dumpling Tawny Ale from The Orkney Brewery of the U.K. I don’t know what a Clootie Dumpling is, but it’s a great flavour for beer. Warning: Sledding with a light saber is dangerous.

Day Twenty Two Sour Cherry Imperial Stout from Evil Twin Brewing and Cervesa Del Montseny is as unique and delicious as it sounds. Another solid space ship, these are my favourite to animate. I’m really hoping Chewbacca will make an appearance soon though…

Day Twenty One. Aged in Cognac Barrels, This Extra Strong Amber definitely picked things up a notch. Beer by La Débauche and a wicked illustration by Geoffrey Grimal to go with a badass Storm Trooper.

Day Twenty. These sour beers are growing on me… Oud Bruin from Brouwers Verzet and another nifty LEGO space ship (running out of adjectives…)

Day Nineteen. Shepherd’s Watch from Wold Top Brewery getting attacked by an angry young Jedi who clearly has poor taste in beer.

Day Eighteen. Molatov from Ducato Microbrewery brewed with Wasabi? Crazy and good. LEGO appears to be some sort of small town, chimnies blazing.

Day Seventeen. Black Alligator Saison from Monyo Brewing of Hungary is probably gonna get you. Or he’s winking at you, you make the call. Today’s LEGO was probably not a projector, but it is now.

Day Sixteen. No MORE Gnomes from Evil Twin Brewing and Brewski. I must admit, I drank this last weekend and misplaced the bottle, hence the StarWars style hologram while C3PO Dances.

Day Fifteen. Love this bottle (great stout too) from Pohjala Brewery. Not sure what’s going on with the LEGO today…

Day Fourteen. Blonde Sour Ale from Oud Beersel went down as fast and smooth as this sweet LEGO spaceship thingy… Day fourteen means I’m also really starting to grasp for original, clever copy…

Day Thirteen. Me and the drone agree that the Adventurous Brown from Nøgne Ø is fantastic. Strange LEGO snowman continues to say no to everything…

Day Twelve. Poland meets Finland in this “grodziskie style” beer collab from Browar Wąsoszu and Humalove Brewing. I love anything smoked. This was delicious. I have no comment regarding the LEGO, aside from it looks like a bug…

Day Eleven. Better late then never. A nice Winter Saison from Brouwerij de Molen. Some more lasers for Matt.

Day Ten Triple IPA from Biir. The bottle says Belgium, but the website says Spain. Sweet space label goes with a sweet Lego space ship.

Day Nine is my new favourite. (Sorry day three, it was nice while it lasted…) I’m not big on stouts, but this Deep Space Foreign Extra Stout from Fabryka Piwa of Poland is a definite exception. Also, DEEP SPACE!!!

Day Eight. This nice, clean bottle design from Schloss Eggenberg of Austria is a graphic designer’s dream, and the beer was as fresh as the design. Blue Lego dude is back, just days after being shot.

Day Seven. Whatever it is you’re thinking of doing, Snowman says no. Winner of most bad ass label goes to Napabier’s ‘The Crimson Bird’ Saison. Wicked illustration work. The Winner for weirdest LEGO set goes to this Storm Trooper Snowman. His gun shoots snowballs which is pretty rad…

Day Six with ‘Sweet Krampus’ by Loncium of Austria. Great name, great bottle (I’m a sucker for that rusty orange…), and a great beer. Keep an eye out for sneaky little Storm Troopers.

Day Five. A white gun thing with terrible aim sits on a delicous, fruity, Belgian Abbey inspired beer from Inveralmond Brewery of the UK.

Day Four. This Rose Wheat Beer from The Ticketybrew Company (great name) from the UK had a “Spicy Kick”. This GIF may contain violence that some may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Day Three. The Finns make great metal along with great beer. A dark lager from Teerenpeli Brewery. This is my most favourite GIF yet, Vader orbiting infinitely around a tasty lager in an eerie, horrific type fashion.

Day Two: A tasty, hoppy beer from Camba Brewery in Germany. The StarWars dude has a fancy looking hat and some guns, so I gave him the James Bond treatment. Bonus footage of my reflection in the bottle.

Day One features a delicious APA from Doge’s Brewery in Italy. It had “fresh hope notes” which I can only assume are hopes for a better tomorrow, or perhaps world peace, or perhaps they mis-spelled ‘hop’. The Star Wars ship is un-recognizable to me, though I admit I’m not very knowledgable on that front. Fun fact, until 2016, I had never even seen them all.

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