Why? Great Lakes Brewing Co!

Last night, Matthew and I met up with some fellow Playhouse Square Partners for a tour and tasting at Cleveland’s original craft brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Co.


One of my favorite parts about getting to the brewery is getting to taste pub-exclusive beers. Last night, I tried the Aloha Ale and the Woodtooth Porter, both of which are great. The Aloha Ale is a perfect summer sipper and the Woodtooth was nice for the chilly, rainy night we had yesterday.

Our tasting included some appetizers, with suggested beer pairings. We enjoyed a cheese plate, cocktail shrimp, fried ravioli stuffed with black beans and cheese, and huge vegetarian stuffed mushrooms.


The food was tasty, but for me the beer is always the stand-out attraction at Great Lakes. On our tour, we got to see just where and how these tasty brews are made.


Even more impressive than the massive operation that has grown since the Conway brothers opened in Ohio City in 1986 is the company’s continued commitment to quality, freshness, sustainability, and giving back to the community.

Great Lakes Brewing beers are sold in 13 states plus the District of Columbia, but their expansion is geographically limited by the company’s desire to sell the freshest possible beer. Also, Great Lakes Brewing reuses and repurposes just about everything in their operation, including providing mulch to the Ohio City Farm.

So, it’s not just delicious beer, but it’s a company you can feel great about supporting!

And, as always, we had such a great time with our fellow Partners! It’s nice to be able to hang out at both fancy events like Jump Back Ball and casual events like last night’s tour and tasting. Stay tuned for more fun Partners events coming up, including a bar scavenger hunt on West 25th Street on Thursday, April 21 that’s open to both members and non-members!

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of the Playhouse Square Partners Education Committee. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


3 Responses

  1. I thiiiink I need to become a Playhouse Square Partner! I keep thinking about it & then not following through…

    And I love GLBC so much. We do trivia there every Tuesday night, & I am fully in love with their cheese plate.

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