Finding Great Lakes Christmas Ale in Columbus

by Mike Halvorsen on December 3, 2010

If you know me, you know my addiction to Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. This stuff defines the holiday cheer and spirit for me. I only like Christmas time because of this wonderfully spiced beverage.

A couple years back while a student at Kent State University (Kan’t Reed Kan’t Right: Kent State), I purchased two kegs of this delicious nectar of the Gods for a New Years Eve party. Needless to say, we played beer pong with this beer. I made it until 12:05 that night. Luckily, I was able to keep my eyes open long enough to kiss my ex-girlfriend when the clock struck midnight. I’m pretty certain that she would have been my ex-girlfriend much sooner had I passed out before then.

Anyways, since I moved away from Northeast Ohio to Columbus, Ohio, finding this beer has been a task. Down here it’s extremely difficult to find it and when you do, the store owners have a policy where they ration its’ sale. The one store in Columbus (actually Upper Arlington) that stocks it in quantity limits its sale to only 1 six pack per person. When I first experienced this, I was in complete disbelief. When I lived in Kent, Ohio, I was able to buy this stuff by the case. The only limit to how much I could buy was my bank account. But down here in Columbus, they make you stand in a line behind the other “Christmas Ale Crackheads” and wait your turn to receive a six pack. If you plead and beg for another six pack, they refuse.

So as a result of this difficulty, I find myself rushing to stores on Friday (when they receive their shipments) to purchase the rationed beer. I call the stores that I know stock it and I go grab some immediately. It’s bad (actually, delicious).

So if you’re in Columbus, Ohio and you’re looking for Great Lakes Christmas Ale, I might be able to help you find it. Hit me up on Twitter.

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RLC December 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

It’s been a frustrating holiday season trying to find GLCA. My wife and I were lucky to grab a few six packs in the middle of November but haven’t had any luck since then. I have my parents in the Cleveland area grabbing what they can for us when we make the trip up north for the Christmas holiday. We’ve tried calling the stores and showing up on Friday’s to no avail. My wife is even a manager of a prominent OSU campus bar and can only get a few six packs a week. Mike, I share your frustration with being spoiled living up north all those years and having GLCA at your fingertips. Regardless of the availability, I hope we’re both able to secure some for the holidays. With how many relatives I have to deal with, I’ll need it. Have a safe Holiday Season. Thanks for the great blog.

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Mike Halvorsen December 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I’m just happy I didn’t move out of Ohio. I can’t imagine the possibility of NOT being able to find Great Lakes Christmas Ale. At least it is somewhat available here in Columbus:)

But I know of the one store that has been hogging it all up. It’s a Giant Eagle: http://goo.gl/dTKLC

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