The holiday season brings many things: treasured time with family, pints shared with old friends, and inevitably, hurrying from store to store trying to find last minute gifts. Well, throw another log on the fire and pour yourself a pint because we’ve got all your shopping needs covered. Whether your loved ones have been a GLBC fan for 27 years or 27 days, there are plenty of new and traditional items in our gift shop to fill out your holiday gift list. If you can’t make the trek over the river and through the woods to our Ohio City location, you can always check out our online store, too!
For the Outdoorsy Type
Knit Pom Pom Beanies
The most diehard nature lovers don’t shy away from an adventure when temperatures slide south. Our new pom pom knit beanies are the best way to keep toasty and show off your great taste in beer. Make those woodland creatures jealous with one in mint, white, and red or add to your Cavs fan gear with one in wine and gold!
Sunset Hill Stoneware Mugs & Coasters
Whether it’s a brisk morning walk or the end of a long day on the slopes, few things are better than a big cup of something warm in your hand, especially when it comes from a place that knows how to handle a long winter. Sunset Hill Stoneware in Neenah, Wisconsin has been spinning artisan pottery since 1998, including the new mugs and coasters in our gift shop, and their focus on a safe, appreciative, environmentally-focused work environment reminds us of our own. Plus, we’re pretty sure a GLBC brew would taste just as good in a handspun mug as it would in a pint glass. Prefer the pint? Grab a set of coasters instead!
For the Culinary Connoisseur
Laurie's Chocolates Tavern Toffee
Our Christmas Ale Gingersnap ice cream from Mitchell’s Ice Cream has satisfied the seasonal sweet tooth for years, but this year Laurie’s Chocolates gives you another reason to indulge. Hand-crafting her decadent delights in small batches, Laurie combines a little bit of love with malt, almonds, sourdough pretzels, and our very own Eliot Ness Amber Lager to produce each bag of her award-winning Tavern Toffee. Go the extra mile and pair it with a six-pack of Eliot Ness to really impress.
Dortmunder Beer Mustard
This past year found us collaborating with the iconic Bertman Original Ballpark Mustard to debut our new Dortmunder Beer Mustard. This tangy and slightly sweet beer mustard made its debut in August and has quickly become a new favorite way to spice up a sandwich or your favorite barley pretzels. Crafted by the culinary teams of two local brands and using our very first brew, Dortmunder Gold Lager, it’s probably the most compact way to put Cleveland in a bottle.
You might remember Cleveland Jam from last year’s gift guide, and it’s still one of our favorites! Jam-master Jim Conti features our Burning River Pale Ale and peppers from our Ohio City and Pint Size Farms in his sweet and spicy pepper jam. In turn, we feature it in our brewpub’s menu. Fresh and good enough to be featured in Cleveland’s nationally recognized food scene means it’s more than good enough to make an appearance under the tree.
For the Child of Mother Earth
Sarva Soap Co.
When the holidays end, the smells of the season usually fade too, but with a gift from Sarva Soap Co. nature’s best fragrances can fill the air all year round. Made right here in Cleveland, Ohio, they keep you and our environment clean. They’re vegan, vegetarian, and 100% biodegradable. They even help reduce waste by using our low-fill beers with their oils, spices, clays, and botanicals to make the “Suds” line of soap. Smell good, do good, and feel good, too!
Hand-Dyed Silk Scarves
Most breweries would be concerned if their staff started sifting through their food scraps in their spare time but not at Great Lakes! We’re proud of the fact that our passionate staff embrace our “take, make, remake” philosophy at all levels, and Responsible Food Coordinator Katie Simmons is no exception. Utilizing her talents in textiles and weaving, she uses scraps from our brewpub kitchen to create all natural dyes in a kaleidoscope of hues to color her one-of-a-kind silk scarves. It may not be beer, but you will truly be giving someone a piece of GLBC.
And when it’s Christmas Eve at 3PM, and you’re running late for your friend’s White Elephant gift exchange…
Let your loved ones choose their own adventure by picking up a handmade Christmas Ale greeting card and tucking a gift card or GLBC event voucher inside. Need something a little more concrete? Our gift shop cooler is fully stocked with Christmas Ale. Last minute or not, with a six-pack in tow your elfing will still be full of the holiday spirit!