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How Sweet It Is!

Posted December 19, 2013 By Marissa DeSantis

This week I had the pleasure of attending GLBC’s second annual gingerbread house contest. The event was even bigger and better than last year’s—sold out, in fact—with 13 teams of five competing for gingerbread supremacy. And they even had a Christmas DJ this year: me!

Each team got a single sheet of fresh house-baked gingerbread, a bag of frosting, and a bucket to fill at our candy buffet. They had an hour and a half to build a house from scratch, as I played an array of Christmas favorites on my trusty turntable.  Here’s a shout-out to the folks who made requests, including Springsteen’s biggest fan, and the folks who stayed late to dance to “Christmas in Hollis.”

We were impressed by the level of skill and care each team showed in preparing their structures. One of our entries was a multi-tiered hut connected by a Red Vine ladder. We got not one but two outstanding replicas of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (one with a gingerbread Springsteen), and a gingerbread house with an actual bar inside! One team crafted a Burning River scene. The winning team constructed an impressive tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The Fitz replica and a few others are currently on display in our Gift Shop. If you stop in during your holiday travels, take a look.  You’ll also find some great last-minute stocking stuffers like our Holiday Spice lip balm and beer label magnets. And through Christmas, for every $100 you purchase in Gift Cards, you’ll get a $20 Brew Bucks voucher to spend at Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Brewpub or Gift Shop in the month of January! Ask your server or Gift Shop clerk for more information.

If you’re drinking GLBC beer this Christmas, let us know! Post your pictures at and we’ll send presents to our favorites. We love seeing our beer at your holiday table, gift exchange, and under your tree!

And remember, we've still got one more big bash up our sleeve for 2013: the annual Brew Year's Eve Party! Click here to register.


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