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2019 Craft Holiday Beer Calendar is On Sale!

Bridget Carey

Posted on October 02 2019

Christmas is coming soon enough and so is the second edition of the Nita Craft Holiday Beer Calendar ... like an advent calendar but with beer.  This second edition is shaping up to be bigger and better than last year with more breweries and new beers.  Based on the feedback from last year we heard that many people loved it but had suggestions are beer selection and shipping.  So we have tweaked our offering to improve the customer experience.  Here is what you need to know. 

There will two ways you can buy your Craft Holiday Beer Calendar.

1) Like last year, we will sell to people through nitabeer.com.  Like last year, this will require shipping as we cannot allow people to pick up in store.  This is not a Nita requirement ... it is the liquor laws of Ontario.  We know that people were not a big fan of the shipping requirements.  We have found a solution to those that want to not have their beer delivered.  See below.

2) New this year, starting early November we will have an option for customers to buy directly from The Beer Store from 10 stores in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto.  This will avoid any shipping costs.  However, The Beer Store does not allow pre-orders so people will need to pay attention to Nita's social media feeds when we are doing deliveries to the select beer stores.  There is no way to guarantee that the supply and demand will match.  In advance of delivery, we are hoping that customers will help us understand where they might be shopping so that we can influence each of The Beer Store's request for product.

There is much more information below but if you just want to get to the purchase, click on one of the buttons below:

Pre-order my Beer Calendar Now!

 

Tell Nita what is your preferred Beer Store location if you would like to purchase directly from them

Tell Nita what is your preferred Beer Store location if you would like to purchase directly from them.

Who's in the box and what beers are there?
How can I order?
What's the price?
Who will deliver the box?
What's the delivery charge?
Am I able to cancel my order?
Can I pick it up at Nita or one of the breweries?
What happens if I show up at Nita and complain about not being able to pick up a box even though I can see them in Nita's manufacturing space?
Where can I pick one up at a store?  I don't want to get it mailed to me.
Why would Nita want to do this?
Why The Beer Store?
The story behind the box

Who's in the box and what beers are there?

Easiest way to see this is head to our product page with all of the beers listed.  Our brewery partners in this multi-pack include:

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How can I order?

Starting Wednesday, October 2, 2019, beer fans and friends can order a box for delivery from nitabeer.com.  These CANNOT be picked up at Nita Beer due to Ontario liquor laws.

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What's the price?

$120 for 21 x 473 mL cans + 3 x 355 mL cans.  This price includes HST and deposit.  Shipping is extra.

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Who will delivery the box?

We have Ottawa local delivery options for $20 to postal codes starting with

K1B, K1C, K1E, K1G, K1H, K1J, K2K,K1L, K1M, K1N K1P, K1R, K1S, K1T, K1V, K1W,K1Y, K1Z

K2A, K2B, K2C, K2E, K2G, K2H, K2L, K2J, K2K, K2M, K2P, K2S, K2T, K2V K4A

We also have Canada Post options available for people outside of the Ottawa delivery area.

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What's the delivery charge?

For Ottawa area customers choosing local delivery for their delivery option, delivery will be $20 or $14 depending on the delivery area.  For people choosing Canada Post, Canada Post rates will apply. Delivery rates are over and above the price of the beer calendar.

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Am I able to cancel my order?

If you need to cancel your order for a Craft Holiday Beer Calendar for whatever reason, you can notify us up until October 31, 2019.  We will refund your purchase in full.  After that date, we can no longer accept cancellations.

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Can I pick it up at Nita or one of the breweries?

No.  Although we would love to be able to do this, it is against the liquor laws that we have to agree to for licensing.  We heard you loud and clear in our holiday 2018 beer pack but some things are beyond our control.  But we have found another way for people to pick up these great beer packs … read on

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What happens if I show up at Nita and complain about not being able to pick up a box even though I can see them in Nita's manufacturing space?

Depends who is at the front counter.  If it's Kevan, he will be polite but he may give you a funny face if you rant for too long about it. If Brendan's there, he will smile but then begin to talk about his favourite brews from near and away. If Bridget's there, she might begin to rant herself.  If Andy's there he might say … laws, what laws?

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Where can I pick one up at a store?  I don't want to get it mailed to me.

Yes, we found an answer to the pick up problem.  Our friends at The Beer Store have worked us to be able to sell these boxes at select locations.  We will start with a limited number of Ontario stores and then expand to more stores in Ontario. Check out this Beer Store page and our Instagram posts to see new stores where the box is available.  The Beer Calendar will not be available at Beer Stores until early November.  Watch our social media feeds to see when deliveries are happening.

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Why would Nita want to do this?

We have a lot of fun working with breweries as it is very exciting to curate a unique pack.  Andy has hand picked our out-of-town breweries based on his favourites as he travels to visit family in the Hammer.  This unique offering creates a lot of opportunities for Nita and our brewery partners and we can do some creative things to help out our brewery friends and get more customers to visit their bottle shops.

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Why The Beer Store?

Because despite their reputation for being big beer, they are actually trying to be craft friendly. When we approached them about this idea, they came back with a way forward that made sense - flexible and cost-effective and it only took two days to figure it out!  There are still some challenges to work out but we are certain we will figure them out.  And no other distribution location in Ontario (like LCBO and Grocery) are allowed to carry a 2-4 from a variety of brewers!!! Laws can be very strange.

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The story behind the box

Ontario craft is booming more and breweries are popping up all of the time giving beer lovers and connoisseurs lots of choice. This is a fantastic environment for consumers and for beer innovation. We are seeing lots of new beer fans emerge and start to enjoy Ontario Craft. 

Breweries are regularly producing new and fantastic beers but relying on distributing directly out of their storefront. For most breweries, success needs more beer lovers to become aware of the brewery, try their beers and hopefully take time out for a visit. But many large distribution channels are costly, difficult to penetrate or move at the pace of molasses. How can breweries, especially smaller brewers, be innovative to match consumer wants while also developing the awareness and recognition of the market to help grow their business? One answer: Together. Nita offered a multi-brewer 24 pack in 2018 and people told us they wanted more. We got lots of great feedback so this time we are trying to do even better.

Although beer lovers want to support craft, it can be hard for folks to visit individual breweries and try the many beers a brewery has to offer. Also, it is hard for individual breweries to get their beer closer to lots of consumers because of the challenges mentioned above. However, with the help of The Beer Store and lots of coordination among our brewery friends, we can bring many beers to our beer fans without exorbitant costs in this unique collaboration

We are hoping that fans may find a new beer or a new brewery that they would like to visit and become one of its newest fans. We want people to explore all of the brewery offerings and hopefully discover something unexpected from a brewery that they’ve never heard of.

Why The Beer Store? Because they made it easy. We asked what we could do with our fellow breweries and they presented a way forward that made sense – fast, flexible and cost-effective. The Beer Store is a great supporter of craft beer and this is one way that they are showing it. This exclusive seasonal offering will only be available until the end of December or while supplies last. You can only purchase the mixed pack from select Beer Stores or online for delivery from nitabeer.com. If you find a beer that you love, it can be purchased from each respective brewery and in a few cases, from some distribution partners.

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