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.