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Intoxicating Pairings: Cleveland Beer Events for Those Who Like to Learn, Laugh or Draw

I’ve been on the road the past week, so this bit of blogkeeping is belated. Congratulations to Elizabeth P for winning 2 tickets to the Tri-C JazzFest!

Scott and me celebrating his birthday at a beer and comic books event

One of my favorite beer pairing events was Great Lakes Brewing Company’s comic books and beer night

When I hear the phrase “beer pairings,” my thoughts – as yours probably do – immediately go to beer and food. From cheese and chocolate to bacon, seafood, and sushi.

However, this post is not about that kind of pairing. (If you’re here looking for that, save the date for Cleveland Beer Week 2014 October 10-18, which promises to be full of great food and beer events.)

Instead, I’m talking today about beer paired with some unexpected activities. From comedy to science to art, here are 3 upcoming events if you’d like to do something different while drinking your favorite pint.

Science After Dark - Home Brew

Did you miss Great Lakes Science Center’s Yuri’s Night? I have good news for you:

This Thursday, June 26, GLSC is continuing their series of 21-and-over ‘Science After Dark’ events with HOME BREW from 6:30-9:30 pm.

  • Do you know what happens to beer when you take away air pressure? Witness it firsthand when the Science Center staff tests it out with different kinds of brews. 
  • Want to learn about home brewing? Meet Paul and Reed from Cleveland Brew Shop at their “Yeast: The Workhorse of Beer” demonstration.
  • Ever wondered, as I have, why your speech sounds funny after you start drinking? Dr. Amee Shah of CSU’s Speech Acoustics & Perception Lab will discuss your brain on booze.

There will also be hands-on activities including LEGO-building and science board and card games created by Cleveland Institute of Art students. Or you can try creating a putt-putt golf hole using everyday materials.

And, of course, beer and coffee samples from Fat Head’s Brewery, Crafted Artisan Meadery, Jackie O’ Brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Phoenix Coffee will be available.·

Tickets are $18 in advance/$21 at the door (only $12 for members). Buy tickets online here or call 216-621-2400.


Avengers Artists, Assemble!”

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional, amateur, or completely-out-of-practice artist like me. Join the Cleveland Drink & Draw Social Club at one of their twice-monthly meetups. They’re at Great Lakes Brewing Company the first Wednesday and Lava Lounge the third Thursday of every month.

That means the next one is July 2nd in GLBC’s Rockefeller Room (7-11pm).

Started in 2012 by the Rust Belt Monster Collective, the Drink & Draw Social Club is “a place to exchange techniques, build contacts, and most importantly; bond over what is far too often a solitary passion.”

All you have to do is bring your art supplies. Every event also includes group “jam pieces” and prizes from long-time supporters Carol And John’s Comic shop. 


Not into science or art? Well, everyone likes to laugh.

On July 10, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s YP Pantry group will be hosting the inaugural BrewHaha – Lager and Laughs for Hunger Relief.

From 6-9pm at the Food Bank’s distribution center, enjoy the talents of Last Call Cleveland and local comedians Josh Womack, Mary Santora, and Jake Solomon while sampling beer from Chardon BrewWorks, Great Lakes, Market Garden, Willoughby Brewing Company, Platform Beer Company, Deschutes Brewery and others.

The comedy show will be hosted by the always-hilarious Bill Squire, co-host of the Alan Cox Show and live music will be provided by Newshoes.  

Individual tickets are $25, which includes 20 samples of beer in a souvenir beer tasting glass and the evening’s entertainment. Tickets for two are discounted at $45 and designated drivers can enjoy water, non-alcoholic beverages and all of the performances for only $10. Get them here.

All proceeds from the evening go to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s mission to provide food to those in need.


I hope you check out at least one of, if not all of these events. The Cleveland beer scene is incredible, and it’s exciting to see the city not just embrace it, but do so in such eclectic ways.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Great Lakes Science Center’s HOME BREW with a guest. I also used to be on the YP Pantry board. However, I chose to blog about these events independently of those decisions and the opinions are 100% mine.

Guest Post: What Not to Buy in Cleveland

Today’s the last day of my twenties and I plan on spending it doing nothing except sitting by the water and maybe eating some fresh crabs.

Hopefully, I’ll get the rest and relaxation I need because once we get home we’ll be busier than usual playing host to a few out-of-town family and friends throughout September. Thankfully, Julie is here today to tell me what we should and shouldn’t do when people come to visit Cleveland.

Julie looking fabulous at WhyCLE’s wedding

Hey guys!

My name is Julie and I blog at Wearing Mascara. I live in Lakewood and couldn’t be happier there! Major thanks to Amanda for letting me crash on her blog today!


So there you are, awaiting your best friend’s arrival in the city you love: Cleveland. Or, maybe you are a visitor of Cleveland. In both scenarios, you want a cool Cleveland-related product, either for yourself or your friend. You ask yourself, “What do I buy?” While that’s a good question to ask, I challenge you to consider what not to buy in Cleveland. With so many awesome products here, I’m going to explain just that and some alternatives.

What Not to Buy in Cleveland:

Frozen Tater Tots

You know, I totally get it. You’re at the grocery store and you see them, with a gold light and a smokey aura surrounding them: Tater Tots. They are cheap, {not healthy} and you just know your guest will love them. But, you must hold back, my friend. It turns out that just around the corner, there’s this awesome restaurant called Hodge’s that will give you free tater tots. AND, they are awesome little taters. Taters, that when put in front of you, you regret even going out to dinner with whoever you are with because you want them all for yourself. Put back the frozen taters, pick up some ice cream instead, and take your beloved friend to Hodges for free tater tots that come with every table (oh, and I didn’t even mention their corn bread…mmmm).

Cheap Beer

Your best friend was actually your college roommate. You have memories of sipping Natty Light together on the porch of your favorite fraternity while “studying” for your math final the next day. Natty Light is a cheap way to enjoy socializing in college and even though it tastes like pee, you drink it because you’re on a college budget. Instead of going for the Natty {pee} Light, pick up a Great Lakes variety instead. I recommend the Dortmunder Gold Lager. Cheers!

A Shirt From {Instead Chain Store Here}

You, my friend, have a great sense of style. In fact, your friend who is visiting you covets every look you have. He/she wants to own your closet and will borrow every piece of clothing if he/she could. “Please, please, buy me some clothes for my birthday!” says your friend. Even if you don’t have a good sense of style, head over to the CLE Clothing Company and pick out something for your friend and yourself. Anything you buy from there will look good. Plus it’s local, Cleveland themed, and super handsome/cute… what could be better?

Blah Chocolate

Both you and your pal have a sweet tooth that reminds you of the days when your metabolism was so high that you could eat anything {Oh, those were the days}. While it’s tempting to pick up random chocolate bars and goodies at your local Giant Eagle, make another stop to Malley’s Chocolates. With 22 locations throughout the area, there’s no excuse not to make a quick stop to pick up your favorite variety. I’m obsessed with their Famous Fudge Sauce.

Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, etc.

As tempting as it is to go for a chain pizza place the moment your friend walks off the airplane, consider going to a local spot instead. Since I’m lazy and don’t like to travel far for pizza, I’m going to give you my favorite pizza place in Lakewood, my current residence: Angelo’s. They are great for eating in and take out. Now, my mouth is watering for their deep dish. Want more pizza ideas? Check out Bite Buff’s post and the comments section for great ideas!

Well, there you have it. To be honest, I could have written so much more. The City of Cleveland just offers so much that it would be ludicrous not to buy something local, especially for you and your out-of-town friend. Now, please excuse me while I grab my Malley’s Famous Fudge Sauce and a spoon…



Great Lakes Brewing Company's Names Behind the Brews: Eliot Ness

Great Lakes Brewing Company's lecture on Eliot Ness - the man behind the name

UPDATE: The next Names Behind the Brews event is August 25, 2011 – Burning River with Dr. John Hartig


When you’re drinking a good beer, you’re probably most focused on the drinking experience — the taste, smell, look. But how often do you ponder the story behind its name?

Once a quarter, Great Lakes Brewing Company offers an opportunity to do just that when they host the Names Behind the Brews lecture series.

I recently went to GLBC’s latest lecture which focused on their fragrant amber lager (my dad’s favorite), Eliot Ness.

Named after the Prohibition agent and former Cleveland safety director made famous by The Untouchables tv show and movie, the Eliot Ness lager is considered nearly “untouchable” in worldwide beer tasting competitions having most recently won the Gold Medal in the 2010 World Beer Championships.

There’s a personal connection to the Great Lakes Brewery as well, with Ness having once employed Margaret Conway – mother of GLBC co-owners Patrick and Daniel – as his stenographer.

After the sold-out Eliot Ness lecture, guests had the chance to mingle in the GLBC Tasting Room and talk to the speakers.

For the Name Behind the Brews lecture on Eliot Ness, Great Lakes brought in Rebecca McFarland and James Jessen Badal to debunk the Ness rumors that are out there and shed light on his time in Cleveland.

McFarland, who is a fourth generation Clevelander and Coordinator of Community Relations at the Euclid Public Library, shared insight into Ness’s life.  There is a lot of sensationalism out there regarding what Ness did or didn’t do in life (most of them arising from The Untouchables biography he collaborated with Oscar Fraley on).

However, if you want to learn the real story, McFarland is the person to go to — having been featured on A&E Biography and the History Channel with regard to Ness and Cleveland crime in the 1930s.  She was also instrumental in coordinating the scattering of Eliot Ness’s ashes in 1997, 40 years after his death.

Complementing McFarland’s exploration of Ness’s childhood, professional accomplishments, marriages (and divorces), and whether those bullets in the GLBC bar are really from him (probably not) was James Jessen Badal’s look at one of Cleveland’s most brutal crime sprees — The Torso Murders.

Badal, who is an assistant professor of English and Journalism at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, has written numerous books about Cleveland crimes. Along with McFarland, he is also on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum, which has an exhibit dedicated to the Torso Murders.

Eliot Ness - just one of Great Lakes Brewing Company's many tasty beers.

I’ve read a few books about The Torso Murders before, but none of them have been as gripping as Badal’s presentation.  Among other things, he shared present day photos of the body dump sites, as well as coroner photos of the actual victims.   It was gruesome, but fascinating.

What I enjoyed most about their dynamic presentation was how McFarland and Badal would tag  in and out of presenting – alternating between a bit about Ness’s life and then a segment on a different victim in the butcher spree.  The way they co-presented the facts demonstrated how Ness’s life eventually collided with the Torso Murders investigation when, as Cleveland Safety Director, he was dragged into the pursuit of an uncatchable serial killer.

During his term as Cleveland’s Safety Director, Ness took the city from being the most dangerous in the country to winning national safety awards. He was  successful in introducing a number of initiatives for cleaning up police corruption and building citizen awareness. Despite this, though, the city’s (and Ness’s) inability to catch the Torso Murderer had lasting effects on Ness – to the point that a documentary about the crime which features Badal and McFarland was called The Fourteenth Victim: Eliot Ness and The Torso Murders.

The $10 ticket for the evening included both the lecture and light appetizers in the Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Tasting Room.  With such an informative – and entertaining – presentation, it was a steal of a deal.

Other events at Great Lakes Brewing Company including brewery tours, Brewmaster's Dinners and Beer School

My only regret? That my mom — who got me fascinated by Eliot Ness as a child– couldn’t make it. However, the next time she is in town, I know one of our stops will be at the Cleveland Police Museum so that she can see the exhibit the presentation is based on.

In speaking to the evening’s bartender, I was told GLBC organizes the lecture series every few months around the particular beer they’re spotlighting at the time.  So if you’re looking to learn more about the stories behind their other brews, keep an eye peeled to the Great Lakes Brewing Company events calendar.  There, you’ll also find info on other popular events like their Beer School, Brewmaster’s Dinners and Brews and Blues series.

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