Not to muscle in on Buffalo Whiskey Guild’s turf, but I had to share my recent tasting of Great Lakes Brewing Co’s Christmas Ale. While my love of Southern Tiers 2Xmas is unwavering, it can (at times) become a bit much. Of all the Christmas Ales I’ve tried, Great Lakes Brewing maintains that “Christmas in a bottle” flavor, but is also light enough that it maintains it’s drinkability. Heady Topper is similar in this regard, as they are both strong beers that can quickly get away from you if you have too many because they’re so easy to drink. Great Lakes Christmas Ale a full-bodied, spirited ale as festive as the season with flavor notes of cinnamon, ginger and honey. Pick some up while you can because it’s only around for a short time.