First of the season.

First of the season.

Growler Koozie.

Congratulations, Great Lakes. You’ve just won the beer game.

Growler Koozie.

Congratulations, Great Lakes. You’ve just won the beer game.

(Source: store.greatlakesbrewing.com)

GPOYW.
Burning River Edition.

GPOYW.

Burning River Edition.

Oh Christmas Ale — A tribute to Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale

Erin got me six-packs of Brooklyn Winter Ale and Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and her parents got me a mixed six-pack.  Merry Christmas to me.

Erin got me six-packs of Brooklyn Winter Ale and Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and her parents got me a mixed six-pack.  Merry Christmas to me.

Right now:

  • Putting up the Christmas tree
  • Pleading with Erin to turn off the Christmas music
  • Possibly getting drunk on Christmas Ale

So much spirit in the air.

UPDATE:  Cursing at the strand of lights that’s not working

Columbus Brewing Co. Winter Warmer
Brewed by:Columbus Brewing Co.Columbus, OhioStyle:  Holiday Ale  ABV:  ?.?% ABV
I saw this at the store today and thought I’d give it a try.  I’ve had several other CBC offerings (mainly at the Microbrew Festival at the North Market), and for the most part, they’ve been pretty good.  
This one isn’t too bad, either.  It doesn’t have the massive flavor of the Great Lakes Christmas Ale (though it is a few bucks cheaper per six-pack), but it definitely has more going for it than the Bell’s Christmas Ale did.  I tried to look the % ABV up online as it wasn’t listed on the bottle or the box, but CBC has probably the least helpful website I’ve ever been to.  Seriously, it might as well not even exist.

In any event, if you like the holiday ale/winter warmer style and you live in Columbus, give this a try. 

Columbus Brewing Co. Winter Warmer

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Co.
Columbus, Ohio

Style:  Holiday Ale  
ABV:  
?.?% ABV

I saw this at the store today and thought I’d give it a try.  I’ve had several other CBC offerings (mainly at the Microbrew Festival at the North Market), and for the most part, they’ve been pretty good.  

This one isn’t too bad, either.  It doesn’t have the massive flavor of the Great Lakes Christmas Ale (though it is a few bucks cheaper per six-pack), but it definitely has more going for it than the Bell’s Christmas Ale did.  I tried to look the % ABV up online as it wasn’t listed on the bottle or the box, but CBC has probably the least helpful website I’ve ever been to.  Seriously, it might as well not even exist.

In any event, if you like the holiday ale/winter warmer style and you live in Columbus, give this a try. 

Bell’s Christmas Ale
Brewed by:Bell’s Brewing Co.Kalamazoo, MichiganStyle:  Scotch Ale  ABV:  ?.?% ABV
Justin brought me one of these tonight (that’s his head floating over the glass).  For some reason, this isn’t even listed on the Bell’s website, so I have no idea what the alcohol content is (it’s not listed on the label either).  It does have a somewhat less alcoholic taste than the Great Lakes Christmas Ale (which is 7.5%), so I’d venture a guess that this is more in the 5-6% range.  It’s definitely more mellow than the Great Lakes Christmas Ale, though if I had to choose between the two, I’d still go with the Great Lakes.
In any event, Bell’s describes this one as “a malt driven scotch ale” and “a bit of cheer from the north country.”  I don’t really have much to add to that.  Good, but not great.  I’m glad I got it for free because there are better options out there, even if you’re just looking specifically for a holiday-style beer.
By the way, sorry the picture is so crappy.  My phone is awful.

Bell’s Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Bell’s Brewing Co.
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Style:  Scotch Ale  
ABV:  
?.?% ABV

Justin brought me one of these tonight (that’s his head floating over the glass).  For some reason, this isn’t even listed on the Bell’s website, so I have no idea what the alcohol content is (it’s not listed on the label either).  It does have a somewhat less alcoholic taste than the Great Lakes Christmas Ale (which is 7.5%), so I’d venture a guess that this is more in the 5-6% range.  It’s definitely more mellow than the Great Lakes Christmas Ale, though if I had to choose between the two, I’d still go with the Great Lakes.

In any event, Bell’s describes this one as “a malt driven scotch ale” and “a bit of cheer from the north country.”  I don’t really have much to add to that.  Good, but not great.  I’m glad I got it for free because there are better options out there, even if you’re just looking specifically for a holiday-style beer.

By the way, sorry the picture is so crappy.  My phone is awful.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Nosferatu
Brewed by:Great Lakes Brewing Co.Cleveland, OhioStyle:  Red Stock Ale  ABV:  8.0% ABV
Great Lakes says this “deep red stock ale is highly hopped and rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced from start to finish.”
I say they have another winner on their hands.  I haven’t had anything of theirs that is even mediocre.  Everything they make is good.  Unfortunately, they keep the best ones for the seasonal rotation.  I guess if this was available year-round, I might be in trouble.
(Format borrowed plagiarized from Malty…thanks!)

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Nosferatu

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland, Ohio

Style:  Red Stock Ale  
ABV:  
8.0% ABV

Great Lakes says this “deep red stock ale is highly hopped and rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced from start to finish.”

I say they have another winner on their hands.  I haven’t had anything of theirs that is even mediocre.  Everything they make is good.  Unfortunately, they keep the best ones for the seasonal rotation.  I guess if this was available year-round, I might be in trouble.

(Format borrowed plagiarized from Malty…thanks!)

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