We pride ourselves in selecting and preparing high-quality, flavorful food that is grown and produced in an environmentally responsible manner. Great Lakes Brewing Company® uses local vegetables and herbs in dishes whenever seasonally available, local eggs, milk, cream and butter, local or naturally raised meats, and responsibly farmed or wild-caught seafood. Our committment to freshness runs deep. So deep, that nearly a decade ago, we started growing produce for our Brewpub in our own backyard.

 

Local sourcing wouldn't have been a challenge a century ago, when more than 80% of the acreage in our county was devoted to farmland. But by the time our Brewpub was established in 1988, only 2.1% of the land in the county was designated farmland. Thankfully, we now find ourselves part of an emerging trend that allows small family farms and diversified vegetable producers to flourish. We are proud to support local farmers, and to be a part of the exciting local food movement.

We began farming 10 years ago in community gardens, when we practiced coordinating the growing season with the needs of our Brewpub. In 2008, we established a relationship with Hale Farm and Village, a living museum of historical agriculture and architecture, 20 miles South of Cleveland.  One of our former servers, Christine DeJesus, took the lead on cultivating the land devoted to us, which we dubbed Pint Size Farm. We used the space not only to grow high-quality produce, but also to give our staff the first-hand experience of organic agriculture that they relate to customers in our Brewpub. Christine grows top-notch heirloom produce and demonstrates composting of our brewer's grain and kitchen trimmings, companion planting, green cropping, drip irrigation, and managing the microclimates on our half-acre plot.

 

In 2010 we joined a collaborative effort to establish a six-acre urban farm called Ohio City Farm. Located one mile from Public Square and several hundred yards from the Brewery, it may be the largest urban farm in the nation. We supported the farm in its first year with financial planning and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) sponsorship. Our Brewpub and customers benefit from produce grown on one acre of the farm by The Refugee Response, a non-profit organization which finds employment and jobs training for resettled refugees from around the world. We owe many thanks to Ohio City, Inc. and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority for helping to make Ohio City Farm a reality.

 

When you dine at GLBC, you not only enjoy a great meal and brews in a cozy, historic setting, but you also help to support our community's vibrant local food movement.