It’s that time of the year again…you know…the time of the year when He knows if you have been naughty or if you’ve been nice…I personally prefer the “naughty” type; you know black leather and stilettos naughty…
oh wait, that’s a tale for a different blog. This blog’s about beer; Christmas ale or beer…
Let me start by saying, I’m not a fan of sugar and cinnamon rims on my beer glass but it seems this is the way that most bars, pubs and breweries insist on serving their Christmas ales…I find most often, that it’s the lovely ladies in the bar that are drinking Christmas Ale with a sugar and cinnamon rim on their glass, plus the occasional metro-sexual, of course, anytime that I have this wonderful Christmas Ale in the house, I have to pour it with a sugar and cinnamon rim for my beautiful wife. I find the flavor from the cinnamon and sugar rim overpowers the flavors that are brewed into the beer…something that I don’t ever want to do. I want to enjoy the nuances of the flavors actually brewed into the beer, not added afterward.
I know, saying Christmas isn’t necessarily P.C. in this day and age but I refuse to go to “Holiday” instead of Christmas and fortunately, it looks as though one of the first craft breweries in Ohio is doing the same thing. Their ale is not a “Holiday” ale, it’s Christmas Ale, plain and simple.
Back in the late 1980’s, brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway opened their operations in the Ohio City neighborhood. The odds were not great that this would be a profitable endeavor but the brothers surrounded themselves with knowledgeable and passionate people who wanted to see the brothers produce a superb selection of craft beer available to the populace of Cleveland and the great state of Ohio. What brewery was this??? Why Great Lakes Brewing Company, of course.
Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio is one of those breweries who is not caving in to political correctness…their Christmas Ale is just that…Christmas Ale!! Let me say, GLBC does a fantastic job of producing a quality Christmas Ale year after year. GLBC only produces their Christmas Ale for 8 weeks during the holiday season. It’s the second highest selling beer that is brewed by Great Lakes. Most of the Christmas Ale never makes it out of the Cleveland area. I know people that will wait in line to purchase Christmas Ale on the first day of availability at the brewery as well as at the local supermarkets when it goes on the shelves. The Christmas Ale is that good!!! If you ever get the chance, you definitely need to visit the brewery and drink it fresh from the tap…if that isn’t an option run…don’t walk…to your nearest bar, supermarket, pub, local corner market, friend with a great beer selection, drive-thru…wherever you can get a taste of this delicious Christmas Ale. I guarantee that you won’t regret it and you will be a convert…someone that makes sure to purchase at least a case of this delectable ale every Christmas.
I know that the Christmas Holiday is now passed but with some perseverance you can still locate Christmas Ale. You may have to put a few miles on your car, truck or bike but it will be worth it. I recommend that you put a six-pack aside so that you can celebrate Christmas in July properly…by quaffing a few Christmas Ales.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May 2016 be your best year yet.
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