Great Lakes Brewing Co. won several top honors at the 2005 World Beer Championships, conducted by the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago. The brewery’s Burning River Pale Ale, Christmas Ale and Conway’s Irish Ale each scored highest in their individual categories, earning a gold medal and an “exceptional” rating. For a chance to sample some of Great Lakes’ brews, consider attending either a monthly “Brewmaster’s Dinner,” held the second Tuesday of each month with five paired courses, or taking a crash course in “Beer School,” held every other Wednesday. All events at the Ohio City campus include a brewery tour. For more information or to register, call (216) 771-4404.
West Side landmark The Sausage Shoppe recently took honors at the Ohio Association of Meat Processors Convention, including a first-place ribbon for its beef jerky. 4501 Memphis Ave., Cleveland, (216) 351-5213
Morton’s the Steakhouse has added the clubby Bar 12-21 to its Tower City location. Named for the December date the first Morton’s opened in Chicago, Bar 12-21 has rich woods, comfy chairs, decadent martinis and a flat-screen TV. The real draw, however, is the discount on the “Bar Bites” menu from 5 to 6:30 and 9:30 to 11 weeknights, featuring plates of three mini cheeseburgers, two colossal potato skins or four petite filet mignon sandwiches for $3 apiece, along with $1 oysters on the half shell. (216) 621-6200
After nearly three years of displaying the work of other artists on the walls of her continental-styled bar, Ilona Simon, owner of Budapest Blonde, is debuting her own celebrity photography. “Star Struck” will be on exhibit through the end of the month. 6901 Rockside Road, Independence, (216) 328-8780
Saucy Bistro, 24481 Detroit Road, Westlake, has added a $25 prix-fixe menu, available Monday through Thursday for the rest of the month. Diners may choose from two salads, entrÃƒÂ©es such as double-bone pork chop with cornbread pudding and roasted carrots or swordfish with mushrooms and roasted sweet potatoes, and finish it off with any dessert on the menu. (440) 835-3559
For a different take on the prix-fixe meal, boulevard blue also has a $25 special available Monday through Thursday evenings. Diners get their choice of an iceberg wedge or Caesar salad, one of six entrÃƒÂ©es including roasted chicken, crispy salmon or a Kobe burger, and for dessert? A movie ticket voucher to either the Cedar Lee or Shaker Square Cinemas. 12718 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, (216) 721-5500
First Watch, 168 Market St., Crocker Park, Westlake, (440) 808-1082; VhooÃ‚Âda, 18590 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, (440) 234-1001; Jackie’s Casual Cuisine, 6111 Quarry Lane, Independence, (216) 520-2022
Waterhouse, 728 Prospect Ave., Cleveland; Fulton Bar and Grill, 1835 Fulton Road, Cleveland; Club Corbo, 12312 Mayfield Road, Cleveland; Serio’s on the Square, 2732 E. Aurora Road, Twinsburg