When In Doubt…Leave the State

This motto has served me well over the years. Sometimes life starts to get to you and you need to get away. I’ve been getting very close to that point. So I’m getting out of town for a few days. Some guys go fishing or hunting, while others head for the beach. I go to Cleveland.


Before you judge, let me explain. I spent my college years and most of my 20’s living in C-Town. From those 10 years came some great friends, a love for Ohio State Football and Indians baseball and a bevy of drinking establishments that hold special places in my heart. One particular place I would like to tell you about is the Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Founded in 1988, Great Lakes Brewing was the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio. Located at 2516 Market Avenue, the brewery and brewpub was once the home to the notorious Market Tavern. Be sure to ask about the bullet holes in the mahogany bar rumored to come from the Market Tavern’s most famous patron, Eliot Ness.

Now let’s get to the beer. Great Lakes Brewing is known for its Dortmunder Gold Lager, but be sure to try the Burning River Pale Ale or the Edmond Fitzgerald Porter. These have decent distribution so I can usually find these in Buffalo, sometimes even on tap. What I love about being in Cleveland is that you can find a wide variety Great Lakes beers everywhere you go, bottle or draught. Lunch at the brewpub is on the agenda for Saturday and I’m already looking forward to the Oktoberfest and the Prohibition Pilsner.

So if a boys’ weekend with two visits to Jacobs Field, a round of golf, watching my favorite football team with my best friends and drinking my favorite beers for two days doesn’t relax me…I’m not sure anything will.


1 Comment

  • Chris September 21, 2007 @ 2:00pm

    I love the Edmund Fitzgerald but didn’t get a chance to have it on tap when I was in OH last month. So, I was stoked when I was in Troy, MI this week and they had it on tap there. Unfortunately, they were out so I had a Stone Arrogant Bastard which the server told me that “not many people like”. I guess she meant to say “really hoppy” but slipped 🙂

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