By Marissa DeSantis, with GLBC's ragtag DJ crew
By now we hope you’ve experienced the smooth malt flavors and crisp hop aroma of our Turntable Pils. We named our new Czech-style pilsner in honor of Ohio’s music legacy, from historic record labels to the independent record stores and vinyl pressing plants like Cleveland’s Gotta Groove Records that keep our home state rocking and rolling. Look closely at the label and you’ll see a handwritten record sleeve from a local collector, along with references to our pub exclusive (and former seasonal) Moondog ESB—a tribute to legendary DJ Alan Freed.
Guests at our Turntable Pils First Spin party got to experience just how passionate some of our staff members are about vinyl—including me! I had the privilege of sharing the turntables with a few of my co-workers that evening, and I had a great time talking music with our guests. I caught up with my co-workers after the party to see which record is their favorite, and which Great Lakes beer they’d pair it with. Check out their picks below.
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GLBC STAFF PICKS:
GLBC PR Supervisor
The record in my collection I just can’t get enough of is Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965.” I play this compilation more than any other record I own—when I’m cooking, when I’m reading, when friends come over for drinks. Wendy’s voice is so beautiful and sincere. It’s undeniable. I own a lot of soul and R&B singles, so this collection also has the added benefit of requiring less flipping (in other words, I don't have to walk away from my beer as much). I’ve played it through countless times and it always sounds fresh and vital. I would pair Wendy’s collection with Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. The rich production, Wendy’s emotional range and depth, and her sad, soulful tone are perfect complements to Edmund Fitzgerald’s complexity. One of her better known songs is “Bar-B-Q”, and Fitz and barbecue are an unbeatable combo.
GLBC Demand Planning Analyst
J Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive is my favorite record in my collection. Last September, a mysterious box showed up on my doorstep. Having no idea what it was, I hastily opened the box and found that my dear friends Jamie and Sam had gotten me this album for my 25th birthday. Not being a big hip hop fan besides Wu-Tang Clan, Kid Cudi, and some other mainstream hits, I was quite surprised by the gift. Little did I know how great of a gift I had received. Before the first side of the double LP was complete, I was hooked into the music, only getting up from the couch to change the record and doing nothing but listen. It made me take a deeper look at hip hop, something that I had not done in two years. I still get chills when I hear the needle drop onto the first track. Eliot Ness is a great beer to pair with this record. The drinkability and perfect balance in Eliot Ness correlates greatly to this album; the change of flow, simplicity yet complexity of the beats, and Eliot Ness’s hidden power of changing even the biggest of hop heads into lager fans just like this album turned me into a hip hop fan.
GLBC Tour Guide
It’s hard to pick a favorite record, but I’d have to say Shane MacGowan and the Popes “The Snake.” I’d pair it with Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, because porters and smooth Irish music go so perfectly together.
GLBC Brewpub Manager
My favorite album is Neil Young’s “Harvest.” There is something so rich and warm about this record, even more so on the turntable. It’s as if you’re right there among the banjos, pedal steels, and Neil’s guitar and harmonica combo. And it holds a special place in my heart because my Dad used to play it all of the time when we were kids. If I were to pair this record with a Great Lakes beer, it would have to be Steady Rollin’ Session IPA. Like the tracks on "Harvest," the beer is rich and complex. There’s just nothing better to drink with this down home country album.