This time of year, Columbus residents get excited about the arrival of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
In the mad rush to get a six-pack, draft, or taste of this ale, many Columbus residents forget that there are many other really delicious Christmas Ales out there.
De Dolle’s Stille Nacht (a Belgian beer) is an excellent seasonal that, while it bears little resemblance to the Great Lakes brew) is quite delicious in its own right.
Fat Head’s “Pimp My Sleigh” is another excellent Belgian-style Christmas Ale you shouldn’t miss. (I’m not much of a fan of their “Holly Jolly” though.)
Troeg’s Mad Elf, with its cherry flavor and warming alcohol presence, is another of my favorites.
Looking right here in our own back yard, though, is Barley’s Brewing Company and its two local restaurants on High Street near the Greater Columbus Convention Center and on Riverside Drive near Grandview.
The first Barley’s Christmas Ale was brewed way back in 1993. It features a British pale malt, white ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, and black locust honey.
If you get the chance to try this local beer, post your thoughts in the comments. I’d like to see what you think of it.