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Fall 2011 Open Letter

Posted November 4, 2011

Fall, 2011

To Our Loyal Customers,

We hope you’ve been enjoying the colors, smells, and breezes of fall, ideally with one of our wonderful brews.  Our Oktoberfest and Nosferatu were warmly received this season, and it’s time for our pedigreed Edmund Fitzgerald Porter to be enjoyed as the season slowly turns cooler.

Of course, this is also the season when our famous Christmas Ale is released.  Long waiting thirsty fans are now not only able to enjoy their own supply, but also set aside some as cherished Christmas gifts for their beer loving loved ones.  Instead of us waxing inarticulately about this storied holiday brew, we thought we’d let some of its fans do the talking:

  • Steve R. of Girard, Ohio, romanticizes:  “It was a wonderful way to remind us of the spirit of the holidays, the taste of the past, and the celebration of memories made with good friends around a table of Great Lakes brews.”
  • Jeff D. of Windermere, Florida, recalls a rite of passage:  “Brotherhoods were sealed and pilgrimages were made for Christmas Ale.  Like cutting down a Christmas tree or playing football on Thanksgiving morning, Christmas Ale is a tradition.”
  • Autumn P. of Cleveland, Ohio, is all about the beer:  “The sweet taste of cinnamon, ginger, honey and yuletide cheer is the best part of the holiday season.”
  • See the video that earned Katherine and Erik M. of Rocky River, Ohio, the right to receive the first pour of Christmas Ale last week at our Brewpub.

We’re pleased to partner with Ohio City Inc. again as a sponsor of the upcoming Ohio City Christmas Festival.  Based on the success of last year’s one day inaugural event, this year will expand to four Saturdays that could rival even the best Christmas Markets in Germany:  November 26th, and the 3rd, 10th, and 17th of December from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Go to to learn all about the participating vendors, entertainment, Santa visits, carriage rides, and more.

Also new this year is a fun collaboration with Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, who is using our festive Christmas Ale in a new Christmas Ale Ginger Snap ice cream.  This delicious new blend is now available on our Brewpub’s menu, in our Gift Shop to take home, and in the five Mitchell’s Northeast Ohio locations.  

We all know there are certainly challenges with the economy (we’re doing our part by having added 22 jobs this year alone, with more to come), but there is still much for which to be thankful.  We are most grateful for the honor to have our Christmas Ale and all of our Exceptional Family of Beers as part of your family’s holiday traditions.  

Our Holiday Best,

Patrick F. Conway            Daniel J. Conway