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The Monster Rises Again

Posted May 9, 2012 By Marissa DeSantis

Lake Erie Monster stories are like fish stories. Drink a few of these handcrafted Imperial IPAs and you're bound to start boasting and weaving wild tales of mythic proportions. Drink more and you might even have visions of South Bay Bessie, the freshwater cryptid for which our Lake Erie Monster is named, lifting her scaly head above the surface of Lake Erie. Or the Cuyahoga River. Or a kiddie pool. Actually, if you see Bessie in a kiddie pool, take it easy. You've probably had too many.

A lot of you have displayed a cultish devotion to our sometimes elusive, always delicious summer seasonal. If there were a tribute band based on a beer, we're pretty confident that the South Bay Bessie Experience would sell out shows at the Beachland.

Knowing all of this, we've got a few things to keep you busy until there's a Bessie sighting in your area. First, follow us on Twitter. We'll use the #LEM12 hashtag to track the movement of our favorite imperial lake monster. Feel free to join in and Tweet your Lake Erie Monster experience.

And I know it sounds crazy to ask you to do anything with Lake Erie Monster that doesn't involve drinking it, but check out this great coconut pineapple curry recipe with Lake Erie Monster, inspired by yours truly and fully and tastily realized by our local foods liason Richard Basich.

And finally, we want to know what your Lake Erie Monster story is. Tell us what Lake Erie Monster means to you and we'll send a cool piece of GLBC merchandise to the teller of our favorite tale. Get creative--that's what fish stories (and beer stories) are for. Leave your story in a comment below by May 16 to be considered.

Oh, and keep your sea legs and your wits about you, sailor. Lake Erie Monster may be hitting shelves sooner than you think.

Coconut Pineapple Curry with Lake Erie Monster Imperial India Pale Ale
By Local Foods Liason Richard Basich


-2 tbsp peanut oil (or other oil)
-1 onion, julienned
-1 red pepper, julienned
-2 carrots, diced
-1 zucchini, diced
-1 c pineapple, diced
-1 c agua de coco (coconut water. Substitute coconut milk for a thicker sauce).
-1 c Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA
-2 tbsp red curry paste (or to taste)
-10 basil leaves julienned (Thai basil if available)
-1 c. diced pineapple


In a sauce pot heat oil and sautee onions and peppers on medium-high heat for five minutes or until soft. Lower heat to medium, add carrots, zucchini, and curry paste and stir well. Cook for two minutes over medium heat stirring regularly so as not to burn curry. Add Lake Erie Monster and agua de coco and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until carrots are soft. Remove from heat and stir in pineapple and basil. Serve over rice. Curry would be delicious with a piece of grilled chicken or your favorite vegetables.



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Thanks for sharing your stories!

Posted May 16, 2012 8:13am By Team GLBC

Thank you all for entering! We chose Jonathan's story as our winner. Keep your eye on the blog for future contests.

Travel, bachelor parties, babies--you are a busy bunch! Thanks for choosing GLBC and Lake Erie Monster when you have time to kick back with a pint!

Lake Erie Monster

Posted May 9, 2012 5:17pm By Jim Schmidt

I always get to Hopkins early and walk from my Delta gate to GLB for a Lake Erie Monster or any of the other GLB beers. I really enjoy Christmas Ale and hope I get a case when my son and family drive down to see us. Great beer!!

Monster Stories / Appreciation

Posted May 9, 2012 5:07pm By Jonathan Sanfilippo

Whenever my best man in my wedding and I finish a race (i.e., half marathon, 10-miler, 5k, etc.), a monster is waiting for us when we cross the finish line for congratulations. With the new running season upon us, it's time for a new stock of monster.

Also, I recently had my first son born (4/24/12) and since he was born around the time lake erie monster is released, I've already confirmed with my wife that his nickname is "monster", which hopefully doesn't mean different things when he is older and driving mommy and daddy insane. :)


Posted May 9, 2012 4:24pm By Doug

I was new to the craft beer experience when I went to the brewery for my bachelor's party. It was in the summer, and it was first Lake Erie Monster Experience. It was right there where I met my favorite beer of all time, and it sure started off the bachelor party right.

Travelling with Monsters

Posted May 9, 2012 2:14pm By Jim

I always take four Monsters with me to Atlanta. Get them from the airport GLB. The Monsters love to devour Bulldogs and Falcons.