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Great Lakes Chistmas Ale - Cleveland, Ohio


Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Available starting October 25 - Cleveland, Ohio
Style Origin: The tradition of holiday brews has its origins in the Middle Ages when spices were commonly used instead of hops to add flavor and medicinal qualities to beer. The style re-emerged in the early 1900s in the northern countries of Western Europe when local brewers began creating specialty holiday brews for their favored patrons. Today, most breweries make their holiday beers darker and more potent and often add spices like ginger and cinnamon for a more pronounced holiday flavor.

 

     
Name Origin: For the holidays—from crowded stores to awkward office parties to grating family get-togethers, it’s still a time to be thankful. Especially for a festive holiday ale that will make you wish the holidays would last just a bit longer.
 

Great Lakes BrewingGreat Lakes Christmas AleChristmas Ale

 

Flavor: Brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon

Ingredients:
MALT
Harrington 2-Row Base Malt: Allows color and flavor from other specialty malts to come through; makes for very clean beer
Wheat: Adds body and head retention
Crystal 45: Contributes to copper color and adds sweet caramel aroma and flavor
Special Roast: Contributes subtle hints of toasty and biscuit flavors
Roasted Barley: Added in small amounts to contribute to overall complexity and color without overwhelming

HOPS
Hallertau: U.S. version of classic German noble hop; contributes mild bitterness and fine aromas
Cascade: Used as an aroma hop; citrusy aroma complements beer’s heavy spices

SPICES
Honey: An adjunct to add strength and fresh floral notes
Cinnamon: Imparts festive aroma and flavor
Fresh Ginger: Adds spicy aroma and flavor

Great Lakes' Mission
Great Lakes Brewing Company is a principle-centered, environmentally respectful and socially conscious company committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of our customers. We aspire to maintain our status as the premier craft brewery in the Great Lakes region and are dedicated to uncompromising service, continuous improvement and innovative consumer education.

The Owners of Great Lakes Brewing
Patrick Conway's love affair with beer began while he was bartending to get through graduate school at the University of Chicago and continued when he left for Europe and enjoyed his own informal tour of the small breweries throughout Europe. Returning to the United States to teach in Chicago, he became convinced that Americans were gravitating toward the European style beers that he so admired.

A native Clevelander with a passion for the city that equals his passion for beer, he came back to his hometown to pursue his dream of opening the first craft brewery in Ohio. He, with the help of his brother Daniel, chose Ohio City, the urban neighborhood that is also home to the historic West Side Market.

In 1985, Daniel Conway was busy pursuing a career in commercial banking. For years he had the entrepreneurial appetite yet knew he needed to learn more before taking the plunge. Just prior to starting at Huntington National Bank, he sought to open his own "incubator cell" with an accompanying venture capital fund, but at 23 years old, had neither the experience or credibility to pull off such a plan.

During those years, he often spoke at length with his brother Patrick about their shared appreciation for beer and the European breweries each had admired while studying in Europe. Armed with new knowledge of business operations from his banking experience, he thought the microbrewery idea was "the one" and a "can do" attitude soon became Great Lakes Brewing Company.





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