Christmas Ale Ginger Snap Ice Cream!

By Lauren Boveington

October 17, 2011—CLEVELAND, OHIO—The holidays are going to be much sweeter this year!  Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) and Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream have partnered on what is expected to be a phenomenal ice cream flavor for the holiday season; the two companies expect to release Christmas Ale Ginger Snap on November 1, 2011 for a limited time at GLBC’s Ohio City location and Mitchell’s five (5) Northeast Ohio locations.  This ice cream partnership is also a perfect opportunity to welcome Mitchell’s, which is opening a central production facility on West 25th Street in Spring 2012, into the Ohio City neighborhood.

The primary flavor in Christmas Ale Ginger Snap is, of course, GLBC’s Christmas Ale, a holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon.  Similar to repurposing spent brewer’s grain to make GLBC’s gourmet bread and pretzels, a small amount of residual Christmas Ale (previously expelled after the bottle filling process) is now captured from the filler and supplied to Mitchell’s.  This process helps both companies achieve their philosophies of zero waste.  Mitchell’s then adds fresh organic ginger, a dash of Vietnamese cinnamon, local honey and homemade ginger snaps and voila! One more reason to love the holidays in Cleveland!

Christmas Ale Ginger Snap will be available at GLBC as a dessert and in pints-to-go; all Mitchell’s locations will feature scoops, pints and quarts for customers.  GLBC and Mitchell’s have previously partnered on another ice cream flavor called the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Chocolate Chunk, which is currently available at GLBC.

Great Lakes Brewing Company, which is comprised of a brewery and brewpub, was founded in 1988 by brothers Pat and Dan Conway as the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains Ohio’s most celebrated and award-winning brewer of lagers and ales. For more information or to learn more about the company, visit

Mitchell’s Ice Creams are made from farm-fresh dairy, grass-fed and raised on family farms in the countryside of Holmes and Wayne Counties an hour away, local seasonal fruits and other artisanal ingredients. Mitchell’s was started by Cleveland brothers Pete and Mike Mitchell in 1999, and its ice creams are available today at five Cleveland-area Mitchell’s shops, about 30 Cleveland-area grocers and about 30 Cleveland-area restaurants. For more information or to learn more about the company, visit Mitchell’s website.

Contact Info

Company: Great Lakes Brewing Company
Contact: Lauren Boveington