Friday, September 25, 2015

Dortmunder Gold Lager

by Jim Lannen

This week, we are introducing a new beer to our draft selection. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is a year-round lager that goes quite well with the fall season. This smooth lager strikes a delicate balance between malt and hops in the aroma, palate, finish and body.

It has more body and less hops than a Pilsner, and less malt and more hops than a Munich style lager. Dortmunder is the signature brew that started it all for Great Lakes. It has won numerous Gold Medal awards in the World Beer Championships over the course of the last 10+ years and is rated 91 points of out 100 in Beer Advocate.

This award-winning dortmunder style lager was originally named The Heisman, after the famous football player and Cleveland native, John Heisman. It is Great Lakes Brewing Company's original beer, as well as their best seller. No stranger to the art of craft brewing, Great Lakes was born in 1988 and has been growing ever since.

Back in the late 1800's, the city of Cleveland was a hotbed for breweries. There had been at one time over 30 different breweries within the city limits. However, times changed... fast forward 100 years, and by 1980, there was not a single one left. A pair of brothers began the company Great Lakes, and with the city having been starved of a brewery, it became quite successful in a short period of time.

As Ohio’s first craft brewery, Great Lakes attracted curious locals and out-of-towners seeking high quality flavorful brews. The quality remained, and so did the demand.

Great Lakes is unique in that the brewery focuses on the principles of sustainability. They avoid preservatives, synthetic chemicals and pasteurization that will harm the flavor of the beer. They reuse all of their used grains by giving to local farmers to feed their livestock or using in their brewpubs by creating fresh cracked barley beer bread. Great Lakes also organically farms land for vegetables, herbs and flowers to be used in their brewpubs. These principles are what makes them stand out in their community.

Come down this week and get your chance to try this award-winning brew!

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