Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Celebrate Great Lakes Brewing Co 30th Anniversary - #GLBCisMine Giveaway

Great Lakes Brewing Company has been a very special place since opening in 1988. Truly a trendsetter, they not only brought a brewery back to Cleveland, they reinvented a neighborhood.
Their flagship lager Dortmunder Gold not only has won awards, it was my first introduction to what we now call craft beer. Before I tasted Dortmunder, I would either drink mass produced beer, or if I was feeling fancy, imports from Canada and Germany. That first sip of Dortmunder was the beginning of a journey towards being a true beer lover.

Besides their delicious beer, one of my favorite things about Great Lakes Brewing both then and now, is their commitment to the environment. The great taste, and even more importantly, the company values, made me realize that Dortmunder was my kind of beer. #GLBCisMine

Not only is the beer tasty, I love how GLBC really embraces being green. Recycling, the Fatty Wagon, and how they support local businesses make me love them even more. Wisely, they truly appreciate their namesake bodies of water and understand how important it is to keep our local water clean.

In 2001, they started the Great Lakes Burning River Fest. For one weekend every summer, people from all over the region come together to remember when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and to celebrate the environmental awareness that the infamous fire sparked. It's truly a summer Must Do.

Attendees gather at Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station for live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, and plenty of Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer. It's a fun event with a purpose.
As GLBC grew and my tastes have changed, I've added many other Great Lakes beers to my favorites list. Whether I go to the tasting room for Pub Exclusives such as Cream Ale, She Drives Me Hazy, and the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout or purchase favorites like Eliot Ness, Chillwave, and Grandes Lagos Lager at the store - there is always something delicious on tap. And after meeting co-owner Pat Conway, the Conway Irish Ale (another favorite!) tastes even better. 
If you are in the Cleveland area, you can find out for yourself which beer is All Yours by visiting the brewery. Definitely check out the Pub Exclusives - you'll never know what you'll find.

If you aren't in the area, you can find a local retailer near you or you can take advantage of the Pint Size Pub summer tour.  The Pint Size Pub is a traveling version of the GLBC brewpub experience. It will be making stops throughout the Great Lakes region over the summer. As part of the tour, GLBC will be giving away a prize that includes a trip to Cleveland to help the brewery celebrate their 30th anniversary in September 2018. Learn more about the Pint Size Pub Tour and take a quiz to find out which Great Lake beer is all yours. I got Holy Moses - what did you get?

Giveaway Time!

No matter where you live, you can bring a bit of the Great Lakes experience home with you. I have an awesome GLBC swag bag that includes a Great Lake ball cap, pint glass, bottle opener and koozie to giveaway to one lucky reader! 

Follow these three steps to enter: 

1. Using either Twitter, Instagram (or both!) tell me which GLBC beer is all yours and why
2. Tag Great Lakes and Eat Drink Cleveland in your post(s)
Instagram: @GLBC_Cleveland and @eatdrinkcleveland
Twitter: @GLBC_Cleveland and @EatDrinkCLE
3. Include the hashtag #GLBCisMine

Add a photo or video to show us why GLBC is Yours for a bonus.

You must be 21 to win. Giveaway ends April 15th. Winner will be announced on both Twitter and Instagram. If selected, you will have 24 hours to claim your prize. Otherwise, another winner will be selected. Good luck!

You can follow Great Lake Brewing Co. on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

** Disclosure: I am partnering with Great Lakes to help them promote The Pint Size Pub and their 30th anniversary. They provided products for the giveaway as well as for my personal use. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. **

Friday, March 23, 2018

Win Tickets and Embrace Curiosity at CIFF42

Every spring, Cleveland is home to the Cleveland International Film Fest. Film lovers from all around gather at Tower City to be a part of one of the best festivals in the country. I look forward to this like a kid waiting for Santa Claus. The energy at the Film Fest is incredible - once you attend, you'll be hooked for sure!

This year the theme is Embrace Curiosity. So if you're curious what all the buzz is about, I'm going to give you some of my top picks AND give you the opportunity to win a pair of vouchers.

There is truly a film for everyone! 72 countries are represented and the films range from thought provoking documentaries and comedies, LGBTQ and local interest, to tear jerkers and animated shorts. If you are worried about subtitles, there are plenty of films without them. 

Here are three feel-good films that I am most excited about:

Tripped Up by Cleveland's own Laura Watilo Blake.
Tripped up is a fast-paced, action-packed documentary that follows Cleveland native Steve Belkin on a recent trek, giving viewers an inside look at all the exciting surprises that come with the Competitours experience. Inspired by a global scavenger hunt he participated in, he founded Competitours in 2009. The unconventional travel agency offers customers an opportunity that mirrors such reality shows as The Amazing Race. 

Anna has come to the tiny village of Puglia, Italy to fulfill her mother’s wish of scattering her ashes there. Suddenly Anna is laying in a hospital and facing possible murder charges. With the help of some villagers very eager to tell the story in their own unique way, the winding tale of Anna’s past is spun for the local police commissioner. Tulipani is the saga of Anna’s parentage, recounted with the magic of myth. It is a tale of heroes and villains, triumph and tragedy. 

Who doesn't love Mr. Rogers? This film looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

I bet you are curious about what other films will be at the CIFF. You can learn morebecome a member and purchase tickets.  

And you can win a pair of vouchers so you can experience CIFF42 for yourself or with a friend. Enter below using the Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday 3/30. You must provide a valid email address. Winner has 24 hours to claim the prize. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

* Disclaimer: I have been a CIFF member for over 10 years and currently work at the awesome firm that created their website. In addition to purchasing my own membership and tickets, I was also given vouchers for my own use as well as to give away. As always, all opinions are my own. *

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

One Day Vitamix Sale - 3/6 Today Only

If you've seen me posting about my Vitamix and have always wanted to get one, now is your chance.

Head to Amazon for a one day sale on the Vitamix 5200. Normally priced at $399.95, it's on sale for $298.94! That's $100 off and includes free shipping

Why do I love my Vitamix so much?

  • It makes the smoothest smoothies. And sauces. And soups.
  • Speaking of soups, the Vitamix actually cooks the soups while blending.
  • Homemade lemon curd is a breeze! So much tastier and cheaper.
  • Nut butters - fresh is better than store bought, plus you control the ingredients.
  • Ice cream in minutes - with no bulky container that you have to store in the freezer.
  • Did I mention margaritas? Frozen cocktails whip up in seconds with no chunks of ice. 
  • Homemade almond milk will make you swoon. Seriously - it's sooo good!
  • Clean up takes 1 minute - and you don't have to disassemble anything to do it. 
  • 10 year warranty
Head over to Amazon to order one for yourself!
Image from Vitamix

You can even make your own flours, chop ingredients, grind coffee, make baby food and more. Find out more at Vitamix. While it sounds like a lot of money for a blender, it actually will end up saving you money and making your life a whole lot easier.

They make great wedding gifts too so if someone you know is tying the knot this year, grab it now while it's one sale.

Made in the USA, the Vitamix is the very best blender you can buy. It's warranty and customer service are exceptional. Choosing a Vitamix over a blender made by a competitor helps you keep jobs right here in NE Ohio.