ode to christmas ale

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

if you know anything about beer and cleveland's own great lakes brewing company (GLBC) you have heard of the famous christmas ale.

it's famous in my area for a few reasons:

1. it's only brewed seasonally (making it a hot commodity)
2. it tastes really good (and i don't even care for beer)
3. who doesn't love christmas?!?
4. it gets you ridiculously drunk (not that i would know anything about that)

now to the people out there reading this that have yet to experience a christmas ale you are probably thinking, it's just a beer how potent can it really be?

VERY.

it's magical.

i have seen a mere four of this beer make a grown man crumble. many people lose all inhibitions after just a few causing one to give themselves a christmas ale cut-off, drinking only two before having to switch to a "normal" light beer.

my friends from home lovingly call christmas ale "barfmas ale", swearing to never drink it.

when you do drink christmas ale though you automatically have an excuse for your black grayout - i.e. "i said what about your mom? oh sorry i was drinking christmas ale." or "i asked you to do what with a pool stick? no way i was on christmas ale".

it was only a matter of time till someone wrote an ode to christmas ale.



you better hurry up and get yours before it's all gone...

39 comments:

  1. They brew a wicked beer. One tastes good, anything beyond that is dangerous. Have you ever had their Blackout Stout? Whoa...

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  2. Oh wow! I'll have to see if we get that up here around this time of year - enjoy yours while you have it!

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  3. okay thats just amazing. was that narm in the crowd?
    cant wait to have some more in good ol cleveland in just two weeks :)

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  4. ANG* I wish it was. Although, after the Xmas Ale I downed this weekend it very well could have been.

    And...umm...sorry about that whole pool stick thing.

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  5. Psssshhhh... I'll believe it's that strong when I see it.
    I'm Canadian-- we like our beer stronger than you ;)

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  6. Why hasn't google figured out how to teleport liquids through google talk? Seriously. Can you just bring me some? See you in about...4 hours? Great!

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  7. I miss living in Ohio b/c of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Seriously, I may ask someone to ship me a six pack. I miss it so. I've been lamenting since Thanksgiving that Sam Adams Winter Lager just doesn't cut it.

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  8. Last time I drank Christmas Ale (which was last year due to certain circumstances :) ) I broke my heel on my shoe at the bar, told my husband he was in our marriage for the "convenience" and proceeded to pass out at our friend's apartment in the middle of the party. Gotta love that Christmas Ale....hey, can someone ship some down to VA?

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  9. Its good. I enjoy the Sam Adams Winter Lager too.

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  10. Mmmm, Christmas Ale may very well be my favorite thing about Cleveland...

    Another blogger meetup with this sweet, sweet nectar may be in order :-)

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  11. It's 9:30 in the morning, and I could really go for a beer right now. I may even have to fly to Ohio to get it.

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  12. I just love beer.

    but I DO NOT do the eggnog thing. It doesn't matter how much bacardi you add, egg nog still tastes like shit!

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  13. I didn't realize Great Lakes was from Cleveland. I LOVE their Edmund Fitzgerald. My favorite bar in Indiana keeps it on tap. I will DEFINITELY check out the Christmas ale!

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  14. I don't love the Christmas ale. But I will attest to its potency. It only takes a couple to get the boys tipsy! Plus, you usually get that really cute glass with them at the bar (ie; winking lizard)that has that cute wagon with the bulbs in it on the glass!

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  15. Holiday alcoholic beverages are the best invention next to alcoholic beverages.

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  16. Hmmm I usually don't like beer but maybe i'll have to try when i go home for christmas! theres this great place in ann arbor that serves all these REALLY random beers (the edmund fitzgerald, some blueberry one that i actually like...we go there and get shitfaced trying all the beers.)

    PS showing you some bloggy love on my blog today!

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  17. OMG that's hilarious!

    It did inspire me to stock up though!!

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  18. Never had this. I'll try to track it down.

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  19. I will have to get some for my husband. He only drinks beer that will knock him on his ass.
    He likes to be on his ass.

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  20. pretty sure I can just drink one. maybe two at the most.

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  21. You're telling me non beer drinkers love this stuff? So tell me, do beer drinkers love this stuff? Cuz, I'm guessing that in order for the non-drinkers to like it, they've got to mask the taste of beer, which would irk some beer-drinkers. Know what I mean?

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  22. Yes, Christmas Ale out of the bottle is fabulous... however, when it comes out of the tap - in a larger than life glass... your in trouble! (*not that I speak from experience...) ;-)

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  23. Does it taste like candy cane? Otherwise I don't want any..

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  24. uhm, alexa: i MUST drink this. immediately.

    i wonder if they ship to vancouver..

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  25. This sounds magical. Plus, I'm always looking for new excuses to give the cops, so this will work out great the next time I'm in Cleveland over the winter, which hasn't happened yet, but that just means the odds are increasing, right?

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  26. i'm not much of a beer drinker either but this holiday beer is so intriguing, i may have to try some.

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  27. Wow I need to find this beer in Chicago

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  28. That looks delicious. I love it when winter beers arrive.

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  29. I'm not a huge beer fan, per say, but I love a good seasonal brew. Abita makes one for every season, and in the spring, they make strawberry beer (with REAL strawberries!)

    This Christmas ale sounds amazing. It's a shame they don't offer it down here...

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  30. that video is hillarious! -and stop in for eggnog.

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  31. I prefer to call it "Christmas Jail"

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  32. My friends and I call it "Jingle Beer." Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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