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CLEVELAND -- The wait is almost over.

Halloween hasn't even arrived yet, but the Great Lakes Brewing Company is gearing up to release its annual Christmas Ale.

The holiday favorite will start being served in the Great Lakes Brewing Company Taproom on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

To celebrate its return, a day-long "first pour" party will include an appearance by Santa Claus.

To see more about Christmas Ale, watch the video above tosee a feature we did in 2011.