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Posted July 14, 2011 By GLBeer Snob
Great Lakes Brewing Company is very lucky to have some pretty rockin’ fans out there, and this week, I had the opportunity to chat with one fan in particular who branded his Lake Erie Monster loyalty on his body. You’re reading this right: Geoff Reeder from Parma has gotten INKED!
We have Geoff’s wife Allison to thank for getting him hooked on craft beer (thank you Allison!). Geoff and his wife are regulars here at our Ohio City Brewpub. Every Tuesday, they come in for dinner and usually make it back another night during the week (and they don’t even live in the neighborhood!). This craft enthusiast couple really enjoys beer and centers vacations around opportunities to visit other breweries.
So what’s with the Lake Erie Monster tattoo? “It’s a great conversation starter for one,” explains Geoff as he shares with me a very personal story about a car accident he was in this past year. Even though the accident was a very serious and life-changing experience, Geoff was lucky to walk away without injury. “Life’s too short and you don’t believe how life altering a situation like that is until you’re in it,” he says. It was after that very moment he knew he didn’t want to waste any time taking on new challenges and thrills.
There are two things Geoff is passionate about - cycling and craft beer. He had never gotten a tattoo before, but knew he always wanted one. He first got an image of a cyclist on his right arm and then decided to look to his favorite beer labels for his left arm (Commodore Perry and Nosferatu were the frontrunners). But this hophead knew that Lake Erie Monster was the way to go. He went to a confident tattoo artist at Addicted in Parma Heights, and two days and eight hours later, Geoff was branded with South Bay Bessie!
So what’s next for Geoff? He thinks he is done with tattoos, but he’s hoping to start homebrewing with a buddy. His wife and friends love the tattoo and he enjoys showing it off and sharing his story. His accident was a major turning point in his life, and he hopes his story encourages others to do the things they have on their “bucket lists”.
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