This summer we were able to begin construction on what someday will become the ultimate advent box. But for now it is little more than a slightly-precarious-but-still-getting-the-job-done number.
Ultimately we would like to get a sturdy box built to house the pipes, for easy transport and storage, but that is just going to have to wait.
The wrapping paper idea was a good one, but needs a little refinement. As Reid sliced through the numbers, the paper started peeling away from the front, almost exposing the unopened ones. If I were a master-craftsman, or a close friend of Nick Offerman, I would design a box that had separate doors for each of the 25 slots, eliminating the need for the paper and streamlining both the stocking and opening for each day. But I am not either of those things, so this is what it looked like by Christmas:
But on to the important stuff- the beer. I could not afford to get Reid 25 different beers, but I was able to do a decent variety, from quite a few breweries, including some of Reid's favorites. I also threw in two ciders as palate cleansers of a sort.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of these breweries and was not paid or compensated by any of them to review or include their beers.