Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Not to be confused with Great Lakes Brewery (Toronto).
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1988
Headquarters 2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
Products Beer
Owners Patrick and Daniel Conway

Great Lakes Brewing Company is a brewery and brewpub in Cleveland, Ohio. The first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio,[1] it has been called important to Cleveland's local identity.[2] In 2011, it was the 18th-largest craft brewery and 27th-largest overall brewery in the United States.[3]

The company was established in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, both St. Edward High School graduates, in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, located near St. Ignatius High School and the West Side Market. The brewpub and restaurant remain in their original locations, while production has expanded to adjacent properties.

The present site allows visitors to enjoy a glass of beer in the original brewpub which features a Tiger Mahogany bar from the 1860s, a Beer Cellar and the Rockefeller Room, named after Standard Oil founder and Clevelander, John D. Rockefeller who was thought to have worked in the building. There is a gift shop selling beer, along with apparel and barware. Tours are available on the weekends. [4]

Beer Pipeline[edit]

Xavier Vanneste, scion of brewers in Bruges, Belgium has completed a two mile beer pipeline from his brewery, De Halve Maan, to the bottling plant. 1,500 gallons of beer move at 12 mph through the pipe, saving hundreds of truck trips. The project, which cost $4.5 million dollars, was financed in part by the offering of “lifetime supplies of beer” to various investors.

There are three other reported beer pipelines in the world: Randers, Denmark, where a pipeline moves beer to some bars. The Munich Oktoberfest pipes beer to a tent. And the GLBC transports its beer from the brewery to the original brewpub and restaurant through a pipeline designed specifically for beer.[5]

Distribution[edit]

As of 2012, Great Lakes' products are heavily distributed in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. They can be found in Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Southeast Michigan, Indiana, and west to Minnesota and Wisconsin, south to North Carolina and east to Syracuse, NY, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.[6]

Beers[edit]

Year-round[edit]

Beer Pack  % ABV IBU Description
Dortmunder Gold 6/12 5.8 30 An award-winning Dortmunder-style lager which was originally named The Heisman after the famous football player and Cleveland native. It is GLBC's first beer, as well as the brewery's best seller.[7][8]
Eliot Ness Amber Lager 6/12 6.2 35 An Amber Lager named after Eliot Ness, the famed prohibition agent and eventual Director of Public Safety in Cleveland. Ness frequented a tavern which is now the site of the GLBC's brewpub, and also has a connection to the Conway family: GLBC co-founders Pat and Dan's mother served as one of Ness's stenographers during his time in Cleveland.[8][9]
Burning River Pale Ale 6/12 6.0 45 An award-winning American Pale Ale named for the infamous 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River.[10]
Commodore Perry IPA 6/12 7.5 80 An India Pale Ale named in honor of American Naval Officer, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, whose contributions in the War of 1812 include the Battle of Lake Erie.[11]
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter 6 5.8 37 A Porter named for the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship that frequented Cleveland ports and sank in 1975 with many Northeastern Ohioans aboard. Consistent with the Conway brothers environmentally-conscious objectives, the local Cleveland ice cream manufacturer, Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream, uses the GLBC's leftover porter to make a flavor known as Edmund Fitzgerald Chocolate Chunk. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is often named in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) as the most stylistically correct representative of a porter within the porter category.[8][12]

Seasonal[edit]

Beer Pack  % ABV IBU Availability Description
Conway's Irish Ale 6 6.5 25 January–April Named after Patrick Conway, a Cleveland policeman who directed traffic for 25 years near the brewery, and the grandfather of brewery owners Patrick and Daniel Conway.[13]
Chillwave Double IPA 4 9.4 80 February A double IPA named as a tribute to Lake Erie surfers.[14]
Rye of the Tiger IPA 6 7.5 92 April An IPA brewed with rye malt.[15]
Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA 6/12 4.8 40 June Inspired by Ohio’s “little sure shot”, Annie Oakley, this Session Wheat IPA is peppered with rounds of whole orange peel and fully loaded with Jarrylo hops.
Lake Erie Monster 4 9.1 72 May–July An unfiltered Imperial India Pale Ale, named to honor Bessie, the monster allegedly living in Lake Erie.[16]
Oktoberfest 6 6.5 20 July–October GLBC's interpretation of this Bavarian festival's namesake Märzenbier, a tribute to Cleveland's German heritage.[17]
Nosferatu 4 8.0 75 September–October An Imperial Red Ale Named for the 1920s German movie Nosferatu.[18]
Blackout Stout 4 9.0 85 November–January A Russian Imperial Stout named in commemoration of the 2003 North America blackout.[19]
Christmas Ale 6 7.5 40 November–December Produced for only eight weeks, during the holiday season, it is the GLBC's second-biggest seller; most of it never leaves the Cleveland area.[8][20]

Pub Exclusives[21][edit]

A bottle of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold pale lager beer

GLBC brews many beers which are only available at their brewpub and restaurant or are sometimes seasonally available on tap in some Northeastern Ohio pubs. A short list of these include Ohio City Oatmeal Stout, an IPA named Hop Madness and Moondog ESB.[22]

Everyone in the city of Cleveland celebrated the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA Championship. When the team won the city’s first major sports championship since 1964, the Great Lakes Brewery celebrated by bringing back its Belgian-style wit beer, renamed in commemoration of the end of 52-year title drought, “The Wit is Over.” It was the same formula as 2015’s “Wit til next year.” The beer offers flavors of cardamom, coriander, green peppercorn and orange peel with a 4.8% ABV. [23]

Sustainability[edit]

Great Lakes Brewing Company has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote sustainability, including recycling promotional materials to create fuel for heating an outdoor structure, the use of straw-bale construction (incidentally the first straw-bale structure in Cleveland), the composting of leftovers from the brewery's restaurant, and the use of local and organic food. The brewery also provides barley left over from the brewing process to local farmers for use as feed and to local bakers who use it to produce bread and pretzels.[24] In addition, the delivery trucks are equipped to use biodiesel and are fueled with left-over vegetable oil from the restaurant. The brewery also uses outside air for cooling during winter months, rather than conventional refrigeration units.[25] The organization is growing, with 5800 members in 2008.

Great Lakes Brewing Company also hosts the meetings of Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, a business network in the Greater Cleveland area focusing on sustainability and entrepreneurship.[25] The brewery has set up displays at a number of sustainability-oriented events, including a 2006 "greener living fair" at Ohio State University,[26] and the "green pavilion" of the 2009 Cleveland Home and Garden Show at the I-X Center.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Sandy. Great Lakes Brewery. About.com Cleveland. June 13, 2008.
  2. ^ Steven M. Schnell, Joseph F. Reese, "Microbreweries as Tools of Local Identity", Journal of Cultural Geography, Vol. 21, 2003.
  3. ^ "Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries in 2011" (Press release). Brewers Association. April 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  4. ^ Penders, Carl Francis (3 July 2016). "Ohio City, Cleveland's Complete Urban Neighborhood, Rises". Buffalo News (Buffalo NY: Berkshire Hathaway). Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Verbergt, Matthew (4 May 2016). "Brewery Builds a Pipeline, Sending Beer Lovers Into a Froth". The Wall Street Journal (New York: Dow Jones and Company). Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "GLBC Distribution". Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  7. ^ "Our Story - The Beginning". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. The first brew, a Dortmunder-style beer originally called The Heisman (named for the famed football player who lived around the corner from Great Lakes Brewing Company) was an overnight success. 
  8. ^ a b c d http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2011/07/patrick_conway_the_man_behind.html
  9. ^ "Eliot Ness Amber Lager". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-11. Named after one of Cleveland's most respected safety directors who frequented the Brewpub's bar during his tenure from 1935-1941 and, according to popular legend, was responsible for the bullet holes in the bar still evident today. 
  10. ^ "Burning River Pale Ale". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. Named after the infamous 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River. 
  11. ^ "Commodore Perry IPA". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. This monumental India Pale Ale honors the hero from The War of 1812 who battled the enemy on Lake Erie. 
  12. ^ "Edmund Fitzgerald Porter". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. Named after the ship that frequently docked in Cleveland and sunk in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 with many Northeast Ohioans on board. 
  13. ^ "Conway's Irish Ale". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. Named after Patrick Conway, the grandfather of co-owners Patrick and Daniel Conway and a Cleveland policeman who directed traffic for 25 years near the brewery. 
  14. ^ "Alchemy Hour Double IPA" (PDF). Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  15. ^ "Rye of the Tiger" (PDF). Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  16. ^ "Lake Erie Monster". Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  17. ^ "Oktoberfest". Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  18. ^ "Nosferatu". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. Named after the notorious German vampire from the 1920s film era. 
  19. ^ "Blackout Stout". Great Lakes Brewing Company. Retrieved 2007-12-10. Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and down-home fun. 
  20. ^ "Christmas Ale". Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  21. ^ "Pub Exclusive Beer". Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  22. ^ "Pub Exclusives". Great Lakes Brewing Company. 
  23. ^ Bona, Marc (22 June 2016). "Great Lakes Brewing Co., Hofbrauhaus get behind Cavs title". cleveland.com. Cleveland: AdvanceOhio. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  24. ^ "Local Brewery Gives Barley To Farmers, Grain To Bakers" msnbc.com: NewsNet5.com, Feb. 26, 2009.
  25. ^ a b "Unconventional brewery pours over strategies; Brothers push sustainability in Cleveland.(Pat Conway and Dan Conway of Great Lakes Brewing Co.)", Waste News, Feb. 19th, 2007.
  26. ^ "Ohio State U.: Fair promotes greener living to Ohio State U. students.", The America's Intelligence Wire, Oct. 9th, 2006.
  27. ^ "Cleveland home and garden show opens today at I-X Center, captures beauty of Paris", Norwalk Reflector, Feb. 7 2009.

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