Great Lakes Recommendations

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by seakayak, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Anyone familiar with the variety of Great Lakes flavors have some must-try recommendations?
    I'm traveling to Ohio where they'll have a wide selection, and want to pick up a few to bring back.
  2. ColdPoncho

    ColdPoncho Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 Ohio

    depends on what you like. Check reviews. Personally, my favorite is Edmund Fitzgerald, so for me, that's a must-try. A lot of people like the Christmas Ale which you should be able to find. They have a mixed 12 pack that's worth picking up
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  3. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (700) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    Yes. Im from CLE and have been drinking GLBCs since it was legal for me to do so. My recommendations, based on what is available right now would be Christmas Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald, and Blackout Stout. If you need ideas on bottle shops or other breweries, lemme know.

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  4. skinsfan

    skinsfan Zealot (578) May 24, 2005 Maryland
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    I enjoy pretty much all their beers, but right now their Christmas Ale and Blackout Stout are currently their seasonals and are both great beers. And it would be hard not to bring back some Edmund Fitz Porter with you as well, which is one of my favorite porters. Enjoy!
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  5. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,344) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Dortmunder Gold is stellar, Burning River is also great. Blackout stout. All the beers they make are all very good.
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  6. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Thanks - I've only tried Burning River and loved it. I tend to like strong pale ales, dark ales, porters, and stouts.
  7. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Zealot (505) Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

    I haven't had too much experience with them. Went to the brewpub last year though and have been trying more stuff since. Nothing has really blown me away, however, their Blackout Stout has been my favorite. All their stuff is solid though. Just look here:

    With that being said, I dk where your going/what Columbus Brewing's distro range is, but look for their IPA. It'd really be a shame if you passed that up.
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  8. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Youngstown! There's big shop on the west side I plan to check out. Thanks!
  9. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Blackout Stout & Edmund Fitzgerald for sure.
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  10. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (700) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    I was just at the brewpub over the weekend and had their Abbey Ave Dubbel which is one of their brewpub-only options. Def worth a stop by.
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  11. mrzazz

    mrzazz Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2011 West Virginia

    I like Commodore Perry,Edmund Fitzgerald both very good.
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  12. justintcoons

    justintcoons Poo-Bah (1,799) May 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Blackout Stout is a must try.
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  13. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (563) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    i really love the edmund fitzgerald so smooth roasty chocolatey and
    if you can find the barrel aged blackout stout but if you cant just the regular blackout stout
    these are a must for stout/porter fanatics
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  14. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,650) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Their mixed 12 pack has Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitzgerald, Burning River, and Eliot Ness. For the quality of beer in that, probably the best mix pack you can get.
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  15. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (700) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    Just FYI, BABS isn't available until next month so don't try looking for it.
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  16. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (442) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Blackout Stout and Christmas Ale are my favorites.

    Don't really get the love for Edmund Fitzgerald. I don't care much for it at all.
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  17. comfortablynirm

    comfortablynirm Disciple (360) Aug 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I have tried several GL beers this year and think they are consistently good/excellent, with Edmund Fitzgerald being my favorite, given my bias towards porters. In addition to those mentioned above, Eliot Ness is quite enjoyable too.
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  18. goalie33

    goalie33 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    Edmund Fitzgerald is a great porter, and this time of year you should also be able to find blackout stout, which is a really good one.
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  19. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,579) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Are you wanting to get stuff just from Great Lakes Brewing, or are you referring to beers from the Great Lakes region? There are tons of good beers that can be suggested on a region-wide basis. If that's what you want, what are your favorite styles?
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  20. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Sure, I meant GLBC, but I'd like any recommendation I can get in Ohio that's not available in Massachusetts.
    I like strong pale ales, dark ales, porters, and stouts, but I'm interested in trying anything outstanding. Thanks!
  21. WotanMitUns

    WotanMitUns Initiate (145) Dec 20, 2012 Alaska

    Ed Fitz and Elliot Ness were both fantastic for me. Especially the latter because lagers aren't typically my thing. Blackout stout is good, but a lot of stouts in the same price range are just as good if not better for me.
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  22. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    My personal favorite GLBC is Eliot Ness.

    You should also be able to find Bells.
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  23. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (492) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Blackout definitely.

    Also, a lot of people aren't impressed with Commodore Perry since it's not a giant hop bomb, but it's a great example of a well-balanced English IPA, spot on for the style.

    Pick up some Brewkettle offerings if you can find them. Anything bottled by them is pretty good.
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  24. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    That's great, I'll definitely look for them. I've read all the raves but never tried one.
  25. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,579) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'm mostly familiar with Michigan beers to make recommendations, so a very easy-to-find beer that you'll certainly enjoy is Bell's Two Hearted IPA. It is a must-try for you. You could get lucky and find some Hopslam, also from Bell's, but it gets released in January, so your timing may not be right for it.

    Anything that you see from Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse that is a style to your liking is a safe bet to purchase. If you see Arcadia's Shipwreck Porter (and if you like bourbon barrel aged beers) that is a great one to get too.

    Enjoy your trip.

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  26. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Definitely Edmund Fitzgerald without a doubt. Blackout and Burning River are very much worth a go. Dortmunder Gold isn't too shabby either.
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  27. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (325) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Edmund Fitzgerald is their best offering, followed closely by Blackout.
    The Christmas ale was disappointing this year.
    I also enjoyed the Lake Erie Monster. Had a few others (Dortmunder, Nosferatu, Burning River). All not bad.
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  28. david23

    david23 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2004 New York

    Start with the Dortmunder and don't stop till you've had them all.
  29. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Agreed. Pretty let down by it.
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  30. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Illinois

    everything I would suggest has already been mentioned, but keep your eye out for Rye of the Tiger which will be bottled early next year. Delicious.
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  31. dungledauf

    dungledauf Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I would recommend trying to get to their Cleveland location and try everything on tap. Everything in a bottle is very good. Their beer on draft at the brewery is fantastic. I believe they have to two production sites. One for distribution and one at the bar for bar consumption only.
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  32. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (219) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    Conways Irish Ale is their January release. If that is available when you are traveling, it one of my favorites from them!
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  33. colty42

    colty42 Initiate (136) Nov 14, 2011 District of Columbia

    Edmund Fitzgerald definitely, but I would also try the Wright Pils, one of the tastiest pilsners I've ever had. Nosferatu is very good as well.
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  34. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (2,839) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I have enjoyed every beer I've had from GL, but this time if year it's all about Blackout Stout!
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  35. cneville

    cneville Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio

    It'll be tough to find Nosferatu, Wright Pils, and Monster--they're all seasonal, and won't be any good even if they're on shelves. When are you coming OP? And I'd definitely go with Blackout Stout and Eliot Ness.
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  36. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Be there Christmas week - thanks for the heads-up on those seasonals!
  37. cneville

    cneville Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio

    Then Blackout and Christmas Ale are going to be your only seasonals. Cleveland's got more to offer, too--Headhunter and White Rajah come to mind, and Hoppin' Frog (though they might distro to you) has some good offerings along with mediocre, overpriced ones.
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  38. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Disciple (375) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    Dortmunder Gold is a must, and is their best seller. Their Christmas one is seasonal, yet pretty good, and so is their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
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  39. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    If you haven't heard check to compare what is available from your home state.
    As for Great Lakes, I would just go with what you like but recommend (as others already have) Edmund Fitz, Xmas Ale, Blackout, Nosferatu (in season), Dortmunder. Fat Head's which is nearby is another favorite of mine along with Hoppin' Frog & 12 dogs of Xmas is better IMHO than Great Lakes Xmas Ale this year. Where are you staying Eastside, Westside, or Downtown?
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  40. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (338) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Hadn't heard of the SeekaBrew site - great recommendation! Staying on the westside - I know there's a big state store on Meridian Rd, so plan to try that.
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