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Family of Beers Spotlight: The Wildly Imaginative Thinker

Posted December 8, 2011 By GLBeer Snob

You asked and we listened!  I am very happy to report that Great Lakes Brewing Company will offer a NEW packaged seasonal in 2012. Many of you have already had the opportunity to enjoy this brew in our Brewpub and/or at our Cleveland Hopkins Airport location (are you getting excited?). Yes, The Wright Pils will be available in ALL GLBC distribution markets in 6-packs and draft in June and July!

The Wright Pils, a classic pilsner style with a flowery bouquet and elegantly dry finish, is named after the Wright brothers who invented and built the world’s first successful control airplane (WARNING:  Please do not operate an airplane while enjoying this brew!). The Wright Pils is light and crisp, but not too light for true craft drinkers (5.3% ABV and it’s a pilsner people). Serve as an aperitif or pair the brew with salads, salmon, tuna and marbled meats.  

Personally, I’m really not a pilsner drinker because I like the bold and hoppy stuff (I AM a beer snob). I was actually pretty blown away by how delicious this beer really is. Even a beer snob can’t always handle a porter in the summer heat, so The Wright Pils is the perfect alternative. This beer is also a great beer to lure in non-craft drinkers (if you hang out with those types of people…which we hope you do so you can spread the GLBC gospel!).

If you can’t wait until June and happen to be in the Cleve, stop by the onsite GLBC Brewpub and Gift Shop to purchase a pint or 6-pack or savor the flavor while waiting for your next flight out of CLE Airport (find our location in Concourse C). These locations will continue to offer The Wright Pils year-round!

What beer turned you on to craft? Those who answer will be eligible to win GLBC swag.


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Posted December 13, 2011 1:26pm By GLBeer Snob

Congrats Sara! You were selected as our winner. Please check your e-mail for more details.

Thank you to everyone for sharing their first craft experience. Cheers!

intro to craft

Posted December 11, 2011 8:54pm By Jeremy

I tried a Burning River as a college student before my palate was ready...months later Sam Smith's Taddy Porter opened my senses to what beer could be. So it's no wonder that my favorite beer has been Edmund Fitzgerald for years. (And yes, now I love hops and came around to Burning River, though not as much as Rye of the Tiger or LEM.)

Favorite Craft Beer

Posted December 9, 2011 8:05am By Larry Kozak

Dortmunder Gold hooked me on craft beers and it is still my favorite beer. For some unexplainable reason it reminds me of Leisey's Beer that I was always very fond of.


Posted December 8, 2011 3:09pm By JD

Commodore Perry drew me into craft brews and GLBC's Christmas ale sealed the deal!

Eerie Monster

Posted December 8, 2011 2:12pm By Y-Barr

A friend of mine got me hooked on IPA's during a business trip to upstate NY last summer. When I returned home to northwest Ohio I went to a local restaurant and saw they had Lake Erie Monster on tap. So I ordered a pint, not knowing exactly what kind of beer it was. As soon as I took the first sip I knew it was an IPA and it was something special... I've been hooked ever since!

Dortmunder Gold

Posted December 8, 2011 12:51pm By Paula

A Dortmunder Gold was my first craft beer when I was first dating my husband in the late 1990's. I have since sampled craft beers all over the US, but I always come back to the Dorty.

first craft brew

Posted December 8, 2011 12:18pm By scott masony

My first craft brew i ever drank was a dogfish head 60 minute IPA about 9 years ago. after that there was no turning back to domestic. i am now a loyal fan of GLBC and all of its regular and seasonals. If i had to pick a favorite, it would be the lake erie monster. to me it is like the christmas ale of june and july!

Pizza and Beer

Posted December 8, 2011 11:41am By Sara

I thought I hated beer until my boyfriend introduced me to Dortmunder Gold over pizza on our real first date. It's been love since first sight (that's for the guy and the beer!) Turns out I just didn't like mass produced character-less beer.. Great Lakes has opened our palates to the whole world of craft beer and now we search out local brews anytime we're somewhere new.

My first craft beer..

Posted December 8, 2011 11:35am By Kraig

A Dortmunder Gold one Christmas break while visiting friends in CLE! Great holiday memory!

What started me?

Posted December 8, 2011 10:48am By Ken

I want to say Dortmunder Gold did, but it was really Christmas Ale.

Intro to Craft Beer

Posted December 8, 2011 10:44am By Brian

A beer geek friend of mine sharing some excellent brews, including blackout stout, introduced me to the world of craft beer.

I just sent my sister and brother-in-law some Wright Pils, Blackout Stout, GL Christmas, Backwoods Bastard, and some other Northeast Ohio bres for Christmas; they loved it!

Craft Beer

Posted December 8, 2011 9:49am By Joel

The beer that started it all was Sierra Nevada pale Ale.

Damn Wright!

Posted December 8, 2011 9:48am By Varlas

Being out of the Cleveland market, I have wanted to try this for ages!

I was turned on to craft brews by my boss. During happy hour we discussed beer one day, and have been a 'beer snob' ever since.

Craft Brews

Posted December 8, 2011 9:43am By mattnaik

The beer that turned me seriously on to craft brews was a bottle of Barrel Aged Blackout Stout back when the bottles were individually numbered by the brewer (not sure if this is still done or not).

Still to this day my favorite beer of all time!

The beer that turned me onto beer!

Posted December 8, 2011 8:58am By Lisa G

It actually was GL Octoberfest. Up until October of 2010 I wasn't a beer drinker. My husband had gotten into the craft beer scene and would always have me try some of his beer. We were in Cleveland for our 11th wedding anniversary. Naturally we made a trip over to GL brew pub. I decided that since I was at a brewery I needed to drink a beer. I chose your Octoberfest and have not looked back. It was fantastic. I also had a Wright Pils. Since then, all I drink is craft beer. It's been a great thing to share with my husband. Thanks so much for turning me onto craft beer. :)

True Craft Brew

Posted December 8, 2011 8:52am By Tim

I got turned onto craft brew from your Burning River Pale Ale, which I had on my 21st Birthday at the GLBC restaurant! After that, I started exploring other craft beers from around the world, and there's been no stopping ever since. I honestly have Great Lakes to thank for getting me into craft beer in the first place.

Old Dog New Trick

Posted December 8, 2011 8:51am By Mark Kazanoff

Years of drinking domestic I found out cheap isn 't better. You have one life don't drink average beer, when you can drink excellent beer. Commodore Perry is my favorite with all the hoppy goodness of a great IPA. On my wishlist for GLB is a kick ass Barley Wine.

Christmas ale

Posted December 8, 2011 8:47am By Jon

Grad students are supposed to drink good beer - so I tried christmas ale. It's been 6 years of great beer, and I seek out local beer wherever I go. Thank you for starting the craft beer revolution in Ohio! You guys should bottle a Cascadian Dark Ale next.

Why I love craft beer

Posted December 8, 2011 8:47am By Jon Russ

The reason I drink craft beer is for taste. The reason I drink Great Lakes is because I love Cleveland, I love great beer, and it's the best frickin' brewery in the country as far as I can tell. I can credit Great Lakes brews as the reason I began liking and drinking coffee! My favorite beer for a long time was Burning River, currently it's shifted to Blackout Stout, most likely because of it's seasonal rarity. Can't wait to try the new pilsner!


Posted December 8, 2011 8:46am By Rob

It was Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale that brought me to craft beer, almost 10 years ago now; it was the only non-import/light beer option at a favorite college bar, and I was hooked.


Posted December 8, 2011 8:45am By Chris K

Dortmunder Gold turned me on to craft brews and remains my absolute favorite beer. Anxiously awaiting Wright pils!


Posted December 8, 2011 8:45am By Morgan

Always happy when its the time of year for Holy Moses, but the beer that got me hooked was Nosferatu. Now we go all over to try and find brewery's that have thier own beers. Definatly going to get to your brewpub to try the Alerta clipper this year.

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Posted December 8, 2011 8:38am By Kyle

GLBC Nosferatu got me into craft beer in 2007... holy cow, what a great brew. I'm a young one, give me some slack on the late entry into this world. (Swag plz?)


Posted December 8, 2011 8:29am By Jim

After the scent of brewing wafted over my high school for years at Ignatius, I tried the Dortmunder shortly after my birthday when I came home to Cleveland for Christmas. After that, it was love at first taste. Now my favorite bar in Washington, D.C. has it on tap and I can buy it in stores. I am a happy camper.


Posted December 8, 2011 8:26am By Mel

After being a "__ light" beer drinker for the majority of my drinking years, I was first turned onto good (craft) beer after drinking a GLBC Dortmunder Gold. I've sinced moved on and enjoy most of the GLBC beers. Actually, I am guilty of pushing Dortmunder on my friends who "do not like" craft beer, and I've converted more than one.


Posted December 8, 2011 8:25am By Tim

Sweet, always stoked to find that another GLBC is available. I was introduced to you guy's through a Sampler Pack (Elliot Ness, Edmund Fitzgerald, Dortmunder Gold and Burning River) about a year ago and have been a loyal supporter ever since. I love all your brews, but as a Pale Ale fan, the Burning River is my "go-to" brew. Keep up the good work!