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Title: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 02, 2014, 03:18:24 PM
Wife booked us for brew school at Great Lakes Jan. 7th. Super pumped.

includes:
Event Website:
www.greatlakesbrewing.com/brewpub/customer-perks/beer-school

Develop a Good Head for Beer!
Participants in Great Lakes Brewing Company's Beer School receive an extensive tour of our production Brewery. Our expert Tour and Tasting Guides share their knowledge of the following beer topics:

• Ingredients
• The Brewhouse
• Fermentation
• Packaging
• Beer Styles

Each two-hour Wednesday evening Beer School is $35.00/person and is limited to 30 people per session. In addition to a tour of our Brewery, attendees receive:

• The official "Beer School Graduate" t-shirt (available in M-XXL)
• A 5 oz. GLBC tasting glass
• A light snack
• An extensive guided tasting of our Exceptional Family of Beers, plus a Pub Exclusive “style of the month.”
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: blatz on December 02, 2014, 03:35:53 PM
very cool ken!  jealous  8)
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 02, 2014, 03:42:53 PM
Awesome, Ken. Even better at a great brewery like GL !
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 02, 2014, 03:48:14 PM
its been many years since ive done the GL tour-well before my brewing days so excited to go back now.

I was lucky to be in Germany for almost 5-years and sample beers and tour some of the many breweries there. I also in 2011 got to tour Guinness, and then made it to Jameson for a private reserve tasting and tour....I was sufficiently ripped by 11am that day.

Looking ahead now to planning a trip back to Germany for an extensive brewery tour trip-with a slightly different perspective of a homebrewer.
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 07, 2015, 11:57:16 PM
Brew school night. And yep, drinking everything on the board.
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Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 08, 2015, 12:00:26 AM
Man, that is freaking awesome. Not gonna lie, Ken, I'm all kinda green with envy. Great brewery. Enjoy !
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: 69franx on January 08, 2015, 01:42:19 AM
That's great Ken, enjoy it!
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 08, 2015, 01:58:29 AM
Getting To taste some
New Belgian beers, kolsch being released in spring seasonal
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 08, 2015, 02:02:52 AM
Just heard Moses is coming back
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: udubdawg on January 08, 2015, 02:29:20 AM
how's the schwarzbier? I kinda hope it sucks since I guess it's tap-only.  ;)
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: JT on January 08, 2015, 02:31:00 AM
Used to enjoy that brewery quite a bit when I lived in Painesville. 
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 08, 2015, 02:47:57 AM

how's the schwarzbier? I kinda hope it sucks since I guess it's tap-only.  ;)

Really nice. Reminded me of some of them from Germany....sorry


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Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 08, 2015, 09:20:01 PM
Look boys, I graduated

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Post by: 69franx on January 08, 2015, 09:45:45 PM
I want I want I want! Maybe my next trip north to visit the family
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Post by: HoosierBrew on January 09, 2015, 12:21:42 AM
Ok, so lets hear about the Brew School. Aside from drinking their killer brews, what did it consist of ? Might have mentioned, forest green with envy.   ;)
Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 09, 2015, 12:35:25 AM
It's really a glorified tour and tasting. Not to diminish the experience...it was a great inside look at GLB. Compared to others I've been on, the people actually knew what they were talking about, and imparted a nice bit of history with Cleveland brewing and the historic building they brew in. Got some great small batch experimental brews - 10 gal brews they use for new ideas and share with special guests. Everything we drank comes fresh from the tanks or small batch vessels. The high striker was a really nice belg session beer. As I mentioned, spring variety packs are supposed to include this, a kolsch, and some others not mentioned. Also said holy Moses ( white ale) is going to make a return to the lineup.


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Title: Re: early Great Lakes present
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 09, 2015, 12:36:42 AM
That's pretty awesome. I'm sure it was a blast.
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Post by: ynotbrusum on January 09, 2015, 12:51:56 AM
I love to take in a brewery tour when I can.  Especially if the guide is knowledgable and willing to talk a bit afterwards.
Title: early Great Lakes present
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 09, 2015, 12:57:03 AM
Yeah they do just reg tours, but this is their more small private program. It's always sold out. Lots of time during the tastings and cheese and pretzels they make with spent mash grain to converse.
 
And for $35, not only a great tour, but shirt and tasting glass, food and beer included. Money well spent.

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Post by: HoosierBrew on January 09, 2015, 01:00:27 AM
I've said for a long time that Great Lakes is one of the most underrated breweries in the country. Just an excellent, rock solid core lineup and excellent seasonals (at least the ones I've had). I need to road trip up there some time.
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Post by: JT on January 09, 2015, 02:07:42 AM
I will say that their Christmas Ale last year was off.  Usually a winter staple, something was just wrong last year.