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Great Lakes Recommendations

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

  1. frazbri

    frazbri Advocate (695) Ohio Oct 29, 2003

    I'll pile on. Edmund Fitzgerald is a must buy if you're a porter fan and Blackout Stout is a fine imperial stout. Really, all the regular lineup is solid, not crazy, just good stuff.
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  2. hyprlt

    hyprlt Aficionado (210) Ohio Nov 6, 2007

    They have a 7bbl system for pub exclusives and a larger system for everything else, both are next to each other.
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  3. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (835) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    This is what I was going to suggest. Their Sampler Pack is definitely the way to go. The only year-round beer that's missing from their sampler is Commodore Perry, which is a great beer too. And as others have mentioned, Blackout Stout and Christmas Ale are the current seasonals which are definitely worth seeking out.
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  4. My personal favorites:
    1) Barrel-aged Black Out Stout
    2) Black Out Stout
    3) Nosferatu (you just might get some at this time)
    4) Edmund Fitz.
    5) Burning River
    6) Comm. Perry
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  5. MrIncognito

    MrIncognito Savant (340) Virginia Jan 30, 2008

    Edmund Fitzgerald is awesome and I highly recommend it. Dortmunder gold is very tasty but I'm not necessarily blown away by it, especially during the winter months.
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  6. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    I love GLBC and most of their stuff is solid, if not spectacular. But you want to find Fat Head's Head Hunter, preferably at the brewpub(where freshness is most likely).
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  7. meanmutt

    meanmutt Champion (990) Ohio Feb 6, 2012 Verified

    Siberian Night from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company... it's a great RIS.

    If you wanna try a fantastic IPA look for some Head Hunter from Fat Head's.
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  8. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Savant (460) Ohio Jun 29, 2012

    If you are on the west side you are close to Fat Head's as well as a lot of good beer stores, Rozi's, Simone', Lizardville all come to mind (I'm an eastsider). Not sure if any have a huge local selection if you are looking for single bottles.
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  9. Everything I've had from them has been stellar. Edmund Fitzgeralds is a must try for any porter lover. Dortmonder Gold - Solid. Eliot Ness - Solid. Christmas Ale - very good beer. Commodore Perry - another solid beer. The only beer I've had from them that I wasn't crazy about was the burning River IPA. Definetly give GLBC beers a shot.
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    HYPNOTOAD Aspirant (25) Dec 10, 2012

    Christmas Ale is very good
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  11. NSK79

    NSK79 Savant (385) Illinois Jun 4, 2012

    Agreed on Ed fitz and black out. Burning river is nice, Lake Erie monster is awesome but probably not available. Not a fan of Christmas ale or nosferatu. If you go to the pub order some Ed fitz ice cream, it is delicious.
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  12. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    The Brew Kettle and Fatheads, both in/around Cleveland have amazing IPAs. If you are going through give them a try.

    I echo the praise for Ed Fitz but not quite as highly as the BA raters often put it. Would love to snag a BA Blackout though.
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  13. I love those three and the Lake Erie Monster
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  14. Yeah, if you're visiting on the west side, you should definitely find an excuse to visit the Brewkettle and/or Fatheads. The Brewkettle has all their own beers for $3.25 during happy hour. A bargain that can't be beat!
  15. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008 Verified

    Blackout Stout is a seasonal must buy.
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  16. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (735) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    I really like Nosferatu, might be my favorite GLBC beer, followed closely by Blackout Stout, Commodore Perry, Lake Erie Monster, and Edmund Fitz.
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  17. Bogforce

    Bogforce Savant (390) Ohio Sep 2, 2010

    All their beer is good just some better than others. Pick a style you like and it will be good.
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  18. RochesterAaron

    RochesterAaron Savant (370) New York May 24, 2007 Verified

    While it's not their best or most popular beer Eliot Ness is the one that started me on this crazy craft beer journey. Try them all.
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  19. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (645) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Verified

    What is your opinion of theie Doppelrock? Was gonna pick some up last year but the price point and not being a huge Great Lakes brewing fan, I decided to pass. Is it worth a try?
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  20. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008 Verified

    Burning River is my least favorite beer in the 12 and actually my least favorite of anything I've had from Great Lakes I'd like to see the Commodore take it's place in the 12. Burning River's name is apropo as the bitter finish keeps me from enjoying this APA fully.
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  21. robconoclast

    robconoclast Aficionado (165) Ohio Jun 22, 2012

    Unfortunately no more Dopplerock will no longer be bottled :(
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  22. robconoclast

    robconoclast Aficionado (165) Ohio Jun 22, 2012

    The Silver Sonic went on tap last night which is a Belgian IPA. Blackout Stout is hard to find in stores so I'd have a glass there or buy a four pack. I'd also recommend Fatheads and Brew Kettle while you are in town.
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  23. Edy Fitz is a top beer for me, one of the best porters. Blackout Stout is solid as well. Christmas Ale is still widely available in Ohio. If you stop by the brewpub, which you should as they'll have a few on tap that aren't bottled, plus good food and a fun neighborhood, get whatever you can. Even though it isn't available right now, if you ever head back and Rackhouse is on tap, it should be a priority.
  24. chumsnards666

    chumsnards666 Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012

    Nosferatu is my favorite, though I'm guessing it's pretty well gone everywhere. Blackout and Edumund Fitzgerald are both good. And, of course, their flagship beer, The Wright Pils, is delicious.
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  25. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    The flagship beer is Dortmunder, but I agree Wright Pils is nice.
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  26. modern

    modern Aficionado (230) Ohio May 31, 2012

    If you are still in Ohio and you like IPA's, you need to get a Fatheads Headhunter. Great Lakes makes some great beers (Lake Erie Monster and Nosferatu) but I wouldn't buy either one if you find them now. Too far past prime.
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  27. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Savant (390) Ohio Jul 15, 2012

    Lake Erie Monster and Nosferatu are both very good, but seasonal.
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  28. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008 Verified

    Uhhhhhhh that stinks, to learn that Dopplerock has gone the way of their very great & very brief Glockenspiel. Although I would bring that back before the Dopplerock, personally I didn't mine the name, but the guitar heroesque design was a lil silly. Made me laugh everytime I bought it. But I think it's the Great Lakes way as they are going to start bottling Rye of the Tiger in 2013.
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