Central City and Parallel 49 Brewing return with festive, advent-style beer pack

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      In case you’re still under the impression that juvenile warm-ups like Thanksgiving and Halloween trump Christmas as the most wonderful time of the year, Central City Brewers + Distillers and Parallel 49 Brewing Company is putting an end to which-holiday-is-superior disputes with the release of their annual Seasons Greetings advent calendar.

      Like previous iterations, the 24-pack of beer is presented in festive fashion—this time, wrapped like a gift and decorated with adorable silver bulbs. Inside, you’ll find a mix of year-round and seasonal favourites from both Central City and Parallel 49, though the breweries are remaining tight-lipped on the box’s exact contents. (Like in a classic advent calendar, they’re kept a secret until the day comes.)  

      The brewmasters are promising, however, everything from sours, IPAs, and pale ales, to soul-warming suds like winter ales, stouts, scotch ales, and porters, plus five limited-edition craft beers that went home with some hardware at the most recent B.C. Beer Awards.

      Judging from the winners’ list and last year’s box o’ goods, we’re banking on the Red Racer Doppelback, Bodhisattva wild ale, and Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine, plus an Old School Lager and 187 on an Undercover Hop for good measure.

      The Seasons Greetings 24-pack retails for $73 and is now available at BC Liquor Stores and select private liquor stores.

      If you’re interested in getting a taste of the beer before committing to the full pack, Central City and Parallel 49 will be hosting tap takeovers on November 1 at Central City Brew Pub (871 Beatty Street) and on November 7 at St. Augustine’s (2360 Commercial Drive).

      The events are admission-free and each one takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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