The Great Lakes Burning River Fest returns this weekend. The two-day festival -- which includes a special release of fresh Christmas Ale -- is from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island in Cleveland. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. You can also buy a two-day ticket for $15. The event includes music, food, environmental displays and, of course, beer. The highlight is the release of Christmas Ale, the popular spiced beer that is reserved for the holiday season. Great Lakes is quick to point out that the Burning River Fest is the only place to find fresh Christmas Ale. Other bars and restaurants may offer the beer as part of Christmas in July promotions but they've just held the beer from last winter. Great Lakes takes freshness seriously -- just check out each bottle for a specific date that the beer should be consumed by. So the brewery frowns on having its beer released late. Burning River Fest is a fundraiser for the Burning River Foundation, a nonprofit that provides grants to environmental and conservation groups. For more details about the event, including a Youtube message from co-owner Pat Conway, click here.