A Toast to Great Lakes Christmas Ale!

Great Lakes Christmas is a classic holiday brew that has been making bright for 30 years. This full-bodied, copper-colored ale is brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon, creating a flavor as festive as the season.

The aroma of this ale is sweet and inviting, with notes of honey, cinnamon, and ginger. On the palate you'll find flavors of roasted , subtle spices, and a hint of sweetness that make this a perfect accompaniment to holiday meals. The finish is smooth and balanced, leaving behind just a hint of warmth from the 7.5% ABV.

Christmas Ale has been part of Great Lakes Co.'s lineup since 1992 when it was first introduced as one of their original beers. Since then it has become an iconic seasonal brew that fans look forward to every year. It is available in six packs and twelve packs of 12 oz bottles or twenty-four packs of 12 oz cans starting in late October each year, making it easy to stock up for the holidays!

If you're lookng for an easy way to make your holiday celebrations extra special this year, look no further than Great Lakes Christmas Ale! This award-winning beer is sure to bring some extra cheer to your festivities!

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Is Great Lakes Christmas Ale Available?

Yes! Great Lakes Christmas Ale is available for purchase at the gift shop beginning Friday, October 21. Additionally, it will be distributed across GLBC's distribution footprint beginning Monday, October 24. So whether you stop by the gift shop or look for it in stores, you can find Great Lakes Christmas Ale to enjoy this holiday season!

Alcohol Content of Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Great Lakes Christmas Ale (ABV 7.5%) is an alcoholic brewed with a combination of honey, fresh ginger, and cinnamon, which creates a full-bodied and spirited ale perfect for the holiday season. The content of this beer is 7.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and it can be purchased in six, twelve or twenty-four 12 oz. bottles.

Tasting Notes for Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Great Lakes Christmas Ale has a unique flavor profile, with a combination of sweet honey and spices. The beer has a strong honey aroma, followed by notes of cinnamon and ginger. On the palate, it has a smooth and slightly sweet taste, with hints of ginger, cinnamon, and honey. The finish is slightly dry and leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste. This ale is perfect to enjoy during the holiday season as it's sure to provide you with a cozy feeling.

Availability of Great Lakes Beer in the United States

Great Lakes Brewing Company is proud to offer our beer in the following states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey and Washington D.C., as well as parts of Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Our products are also sold in select stores internationally. We hope you can enjoy a taste of Great Lakes no matter where you are!

Adding Festive Decorations to the Rim of a Christmas Ale

A great way to make your Christmas Ale even more festive is to rim the glass with a mixture of cinnamon sugar. To do this, you'll need some ground cinnamon, white sugar and a wedge of lemon. First, combine equal parts ground cinnamon and white sugar on a plate or shallow bowl. Then, moisten the rim of your glass with the wedge of lemon and dip it in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Enjoy your Christmas Ale!

Is Ale a Healthier Alternative to Beer?

Yes, ale is generally considered healthier than beer. Ales are typically higher in nutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants than most other types of beer. For example, Ales are usually higher in B-vitamins like thiamin, niacin and riboflavin, as well as minerals like potassium and iron. Ale also has a higher pH level than other types of beer – which means it is more alkaline. This makes it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients from the malt and used to brew it. Additionally, certain types of ales may also contain probiotics which can help support your digestive system. Finally, Ale typically contins fewer calories than lagers or other beers, making it an ideal choice for people watching their waistlines or trying to maintain a healthy diet.


In conclusion, Great Lakes Christmas Ale is a full-bodied and festive ale that celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022. Brewed with honey, ginger, and cinnamon, it has a copper color and unique flavor profile that make it a holiday classic. With an ABV of 7.5%, Christmas Ale is the perfect beer to share with friends and family during this special time of year.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.