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The Beer Snob’s Holiday Shopping Guide

Posted November 22, 2011 By GLBeer Snob

I was watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and drinking a few Great Lakes Christmas Ales over the holiday weekend and decided it was time to make my Christmas list. I’ve decided this year I am going to take advantage of working at a brewery and buy all beer related gifts (it’s pretty awesome to know me!). Maybe my Christmas list will help you with some gift giving ideas as well!

For your significant other…
1. I hope you are dating someone who likes Great Lakes craft beer. If not, save your money this holiday season.
2. Expand your creativity and try cooking with beer. There are so many things you can do with beer in the kitchen for all your upcoming holiday parties (try our “101 Recipes With Beer Cookbook”).
3. GLBC has a nice variety of men’s and ladies wearables to check out. Show your love for each other and GLBC!

For Mom and Dad who are always hard to shop for…
Parents always say, “Don’t get me anything. I don’t need it.” So I say buy them something they would never think to buy themselves. I think our men’s and ladies Soft Shell Jackets are a great choice!

For college siblings 21 and over…
Help tomorrow’s leaders look good on campus with your favorite vampire (Team Nosferatu) or South Bay Bessie (Team Lake Erie Monster)! Our Nosferatu and Lake Erie Monster hooded sweatshirts are so trendy (not to mention really warm and comfortable).

For Grandma who can only have just a little…
Our Taster’s Glass is great if you want a small sip…or to try a few. Love you Grandma!

For your super fit friend who LOVES to exercise…
The creative designs and loud colors in our Lake Erie Monster and Burning River Cycling Jerseys are sure to keep your friends safe on the road. Makes me want to be a cyclist just so I can wear one!

Our men’s and women’s Sweatpants and Zippered Hoodies will keep them looking fashionable while breaking a sweat. We also have nice Windshirts for the golf course! #justsaying

For the true beer connoisseur…
Stock them up on the proper glassware. Yes, glassware does matter when it comes to drinking craft beer. Just like wine, you need to let the brew breath. Everyone needs a pilsner, stout, snifter and pint glass in their collection.

If you know their favorite GLBC brew, buy them a “Family of Beers” Label T-Shirt or 6-pack (REMINDER, GLBC cannot ship beer from our facilities).

An inexpensive gift for a coworker…
Pick up GLBC’s new Taster’s Pack and Bottle Koozies to share in the office. Put the beer in the koozie and tie a festive bow. Hopefully you have a small office so there are plenty of left over beers for you to enjoy!

If beer just isn’t their thing…
You can never go wrong with a Portable Cooler, Fleece Blanket or Apron. Everyone needs to have at least one. Maybe throw in a Taster’s Pack in hopes that they will understand what you have been saying forever. Once you go craft, you can’t go back.

The gift that keeps on giving…
GLBC Gift Cards also make great gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, bosses, etc. Redeem them online or in our onsite Brewpub or Gift Shop.

Hopefully my holiday list was helpful. Be sure to shop around our online store or make a visit to our onsite Gift Shop this holiday season. Tis the season of giving, so give them something real nice!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

Have you been gifted with Great Lakes swag? Tell us about it and what makes it so special. Those who comment will be eligible to win one of the items off the Beer Snob's Christmas list!


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Posted February 19, 2012 3:25am By Dean McMorrine

My buddy got me a Great Lakes Growler for Christmas one year. It is my prized possession! The growler is the coolest and most functional beer container I own. Since I brew beer at home I use it all the time to take beer with me to parties or for friends to try. It is always talked about by people whenever I take it with me. Everyone loves the look, feel, and functionality of it. The flip top lid and handle make it very unique, and when not in use it is a great addition to my man cave as a decorative piece because of the unique look and the Great Lakes Logo. The amount of beer it holds is awesome too, and it keeps beer fresh and carbonated better than any growler I have ever used. My only regret is that I live in Dayton, OH and don't make it to the brewpub in Cleveland to fill it with an awesome Great Lakes beer as often as I like. Maybe thats not so bad though because it makes filling it at GLBC even more special when I do. If you love GLBC like I do you need one of these!

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Posted December 13, 2011 10:32am By tony guinn

I am from Cleveland but live in Arkansas. We get to Cleveland at least once a year at Christmas and often cannot find the Christmas Ale. So it was a great and very welcome surprise to get 2 six packs of Christmas Ale a couple of years ago, thanks to my sister. Now if we could only get into the Great Lakes bar at Christmas.....