First, to get a sense of what we’re dealing with tonight, watch this video. Tonight I bring to you, the one, the only, Great Lakes Christmas Ale. The behemoth has an ABV of 7.5% and 30 IBUs. That might not sound like much but holy damn will this beer rock your world. This ale is a very dark amber color and emits an aroma that says, simply: “Consume me.” While the initial taste is a little bitter, Christmas Ale goes down easier than an 18 year old* at their first kegger. Seriously, don’t drink this stuff on an empty stomach and expect to remember the rest of the evening.
Here’s the story that Adam’s been waiting on since I started this blog… So we both work in the same office. That office happens to be close to The Winking Lizard, home of the World Tour of Beers. Now, we happened to be Tour participants, the object of which is to drink 100 different beers within a year.** Company policy states we’re allowed to have a single alcoholic beverage at lunch (two if we’re at a work dinner). Once a week we’d go to lunch together at The Lizard and check a beer off our list. It was great, we were regulars. We’d call ahead, the staff knew us by name, and we even had our own seats. It was like Cheers, but with hotter waitresses. So it’s early December and we go for lunch, I was excited because I knew they had Christmas Ale on tap. I’d been pretty busy at work already that day, and didn’t have time for breakfast, which I usually eat at my desk while working. I was so jazzed up about the beer, that amid flirting with Katie the waitress (who will live forever in our hearts despite moving away) and chatting with Adam, I finished the entire pint before our food even showed up. About 5 minutes later, all three of us make the same realization: I’m drunk – off one damned beer. I’ve yet to live this down, and probably never will. They call me a lightweight, I call it a Christmas Ale miracle. We ended up having to take a two hour lunch, just so I could sober up before we went back to the office. Good times.
Would I drink more than one of these in a sitting? Absofuckingloutely. Would I drive afterwards? Flying Spaghetti Monster, I hope not. Would I do other ridiculous shit in the safety of someone’s abode that would, in theory, only be a danger to myself for the delight of others? Yeah, probably. To quote Old School, “Once it hits your lips, it’s so good.” You know what, on a scale from 1 to Christmas Ale, this gets a score of… hold on, we’re waiting on the judges…. yes….. ok, it is unanimous, the score is Christmas Ale. Now, I will say, the only bad thing about Christmas Ale, other than the price of $12 for a six pack, is this magic elixir is difficult to find, and sells out quickly.
Please note the official Christmas Ale glass, and the lovely backdrop.
Ok, some holiday links: For Travis and Todd, our “favorite” Christmas Crusin song.*** For some reason, this, was my mom’s favorite Christmas song. Meanwhile, mine is this gem, and I’ve got to say that video is amazing. My favorite Christmas movie, you ask? Gremlins.
Alright kids, that’s all for now. Be safe and be merry.
*I was going to add “girl” but you know what, that’s sexist. Everyone can go down easily after their first kegger, though we menfolk tend to imbibe more than we should those first few times, thus making any attempt at “romance” a comedy of errors.
** This blog = excuse to join the 2012 tour…
***Niki, before you watch this, get tipsy, you will then love the animation.