CLEVELAND, OHIO – In the great state of Ohio, December means one thing — and it’s not snow — it’s Christmas Ale. The famed seasonal spirit is long awaited for by all Ohioans. Kegs run out at restaurants within days. Six packs are almost impossible come by. Shipments arrive and sell out within hours. It’s a race to get a taste of the spicy holiday brew. The best way to get one is to head over to Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland.
The brewery tour is nothing exciting and unfortunately in Ohio you have to pay for beer samples even if it’s on a brewery tour. (Wisconsin is laughing right now.) But, Great Lakes Brewery lives on an extremely charming little Cleveland street and it has an excellent rathskeller downstairs. The perfect cozy place to get away from the cold weather and enjoy a sweet sip of Christmas Ale.