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Keeping It Local.

Posted August 4, 2011 By GLBeer Snob

Many Great Lakes Brewing Company fans know we are crazy about sustainable farming and have two local farms (Ohio City Farm and Pint Size Farm) where we maintain and grow fresh produce for our Brewpub. Planting got off to a slow start this year with all the rain, but we are happy to report that our kitchen is in full swing delivering guests a menu with many delicious options! My personal favorite is the Veggie Pizza. I’m not a vegetarian, but it’s my go to meal at the moment.

In addition to veggies, we have even started planting hop plants for our Pub Brewer to use for our Pub Exclusive beers. The crop is small, but our imagination is running wild with possibilities. If you want to see, touch or smell these plants, GLBC is offering free public tours of our Ohio City Farm on Saturdays at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM (sign up in the Gift Shop).

When you visit GLBC in the historic Ohio City district, you not only enjoy a great meal and quality brews, but you also help support the vibrant local foods movement growing right in our own backyard. We place a great deal of value on providing our guests with high quality food and beer; in addition to local produce, we use local eggs, milk, cream and butter, local or naturally raised meats and responsibly farmed or wild-caught seafood. Below is a small list of the local farmers and companies we support, but be sure to check out the back of our Brewpub menu the next time you visit for the full listing:

Blackbird Bakery, Lakewood, OH:  Artisan breads
Chef’s Choice Meats, Berea, OH:  Artisan sausages
Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Cleveland, OH:  Handmade ice cream
Muddy Fork Farm, Wooster, OH:  Organic specialty produce
Ohio City Pasta, Cleveland, OH:  Handmade pasta
Sophie’s Choice Pierogies, Cleveland, OH:  Handmade pierogies
West Side Market, Cleveland, OH:  Ohio meats and seasonal produce
Western Reserve Foods, Middlefield, OH:  Amish made cheeses
Woolf Farms, East Rochester, OH:  Ohio Apples
Zoss the Swiss Baker, Cleveland Heights, OH:  Artisan Breads and rolls

Tell us about your urban farming experience and the challenges and successes you have encountered. Those who comment below will be selected randomly to win a GLBC t-shirt!

Happy Farming!

Photo taken by Saul Kliorys

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local baking

Posted August 4, 2011 5:01pm By Andrew

I don't garden myself, but I work at a locally-owned artisan bakery down in Canton. We purchase local produce to serve on our sandwiches and in our salads. The partnerships with local farmers has been wonderfully enriching to the bakery.

"Growlin for you"

Posted August 4, 2011 3:11pm By Katelyn

A great leading example for local economy support, and boy do we need others to follow! Love the staff, food & atmosphere at the brewery... and oh the beer is my absolute favorite! Loved seeing GLB x-mas ale at school in North Carolina last winter, a true slice of home. Always looking forward Tony next visit. Think you should partner with Akron's The Black Keys and make a "Growlin for you" seasonal, combining my favorite things to come out of Ohio.

My lack of farming

Posted August 4, 2011 1:45pm By Jeff

Yea I don't have real any good farming experience though I did try to brew my own beer and let me tell you....big mistake! Bought some cheapiekit in the mall thinking it be cool amongst my friends ---all of us in our early 20s then. Well the liquid (i wouldn't say beer) came out bad...very bad. This being one of the
better things to happen to me because since then I let GLBC do all my brewing and love
supporting a hometown brewery proudly. Lastly I have great memories as kid going with my dad on Saturday mornings to the west side market to shop for fresh fruit and veggies only because he'd buy me a bratwurst...mmmmm. Alright Cleveland...Stay safe. Good to be Alive and keep on Rocking with GLBC!

--Jeff

Not quite urban...

Posted August 4, 2011 1:12pm By Jamie Urbanawiz

We're more suburban, but I love that we have a garden right outside our door. Due to moving, it was planted late, so we'll see what happens with some of the plants. I'm a big fan of planting where you can, even if it's a pot on your balcony or windowsill. Every little bit helps, and it(to me anyway) just feels great. With it being our first year in this place, the garden is more of an experiment to be fine tuned in the next few years. We've already been challenged by the deer that live in the neighborhood, which we didn't expect! Our set-up is looking a little "Red Green" inspired. : )

Keepin' it local even when I'm not!

Posted August 4, 2011 1:09pm By Maria

I am a huge fan of Great Lakes Brewing Co. and make it a point to always visit when I am in town. I was born in Cleveland and miss it a lot, and it's nice to come have a Holy Moses White Ale and some fish and chips. I've even recruited friends who drive home to Ohio to return with some beer for me!

Way to be a leader in Keeping it Local GLB!

Posted August 4, 2011 1:06pm By Larry

To be honest - I love your product, so I'd buy it anyway...

But it's great to see a local business take a stance and be such a leader and an example for other firms to "Keep It Local". I tip my glass to you for taking a stance and deciding to conduct your business in such a responsible manner.

Now if you'd only sell Christmas Ale for a longer period of the year...

Publication

Posted August 4, 2011 12:58pm By Mike

I advocate reading Urban farm magazine.
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/urban-farm/home.aspx

Keeping it local from SoCal

Posted August 4, 2011 12:55pm By Eddie

Born and raised in Cleveland but currently living in Southern California, my wife and I always make sure to head to the Great Lakes Brewery every time we come back to Cleveland. It's great to see my favorite Brewery using local produce and crops from Cleveland to Wooster (my alma mater). I'll see you guys over Thanksgiving and I'll continue to always support Cleveland and Great Lakes from the west coast.

you lucky Ohioans

Posted August 4, 2011 12:46pm By Glenn

Man I wish I lived in Cleveland. Incredible beer (obviously) and excellent locally produced food by the sound of it.

Locally grown crops

Posted August 4, 2011 12:46pm By katspot

You should try and get some of the land that the banks have foreclosed and donated to the Cuya Co Land Bank. It would be a good way to beautify the city and maybe help your business with truly locally grown crops.

One of the reasons I love your company...

Posted August 4, 2011 12:45pm By Joe

Supporting the community and keeping it local--and using your influence and voice to get the message across. Thank you...and happy IPA day.

-A Loyal Commodore Perry drinker

Keeping it Local

Posted August 4, 2011 12:44pm By @KartyMern

The local mind set GLBC offers keeps Clevelander's coming back. Great to hear of all the local vendor's teaming up with GLBC to keep quality high. Loving what is popping up in the Ohio City Market District lately. Keep it up

Can't wait to be back in CLE

Posted August 4, 2011 12:43pm By Lydia

I'll be back next week and can't wait to go the GLBC!

Keep the farming local...not the beer!

Posted August 4, 2011 12:42pm By Billy Willis

As a born and raised clevelander, I love supporting the local economy even if it's not longer local for me! I have many friend and family still in the area but my parents and siblings are now spread out (Dayton, Oh, Charlotte, NC and Greenville, NC and Tampa, NC!) But there is nothing we appreciate more than when we get to taste the Great Lakes beer, it's like a taste of home. So please continue supporting the local Cleveland economy, and we'll do our part by buying more Great Lakes Beer! (And Ballpark Mustard of course!)