Christmas comes more than once a year for those Ohio beer drinkers who love holiday brews. As is the tradition in the state, several brewers are releasing their Christmas beers this month.
Here's a rundown of where you can find them:
-- Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron will release 12 Dogs of Christmas in bottles at Acme Fresh Markets stores and other select bottle stores, and on draft at all Winking Lizard Tavern locations.
-- Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted will release its Holly Jolly Christmas Ale on draft Tuesday (July 2) at the brewpub.
-- Lager Head's Brewing Co. will tap its barrel aged Winter Mischief on July 15 at the brewpub in Medina.
-- Cornerstone Brewing Co. in Berea will release a batch of its Xmas Ale on draft at the brewpub before July 24.
-- Willoughby Brewing Co. will hold a "Christmas in July" event at 6 p.m. July 24 at the brewery featuring a limited supply of Wenceslas and music by Austin Walkin Cane.
-- Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron will release its Frosted Frog Christmas Ale and Barrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale starting July 25. It will be available both on draft at the new tasting room and by the bottle. The beer has won the Vintage Estate Wine and Beer blind Christmas beer tasting three years in a row. "It's a double nut brown ale, with a traditional mix of the finest Christmas spices," brewery owner and brewmaster Fred Karm said in an email.
-- Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland will offer its Christmas Ale at the annual Burning River Fest, which takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. July 26-27 at the Historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. The brewery makes fresh Christmas Ale exclusively for the event. Burning River Fest is the Burning River Foundation’s annual music and environmental festival. The festival will feature more than 20 bands on three stages, local food and live chef demos, interactive educational displays, and Great Lakes beer.
This list reflects brewers getting back to me about their events and beers. If there are others who want to be included on this list, send me the details at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add your holiday beer.