No, Great Lakes Brewery did not invent Christmas Ale….Though many wait in great anticipation for its arrival, the history (and actual requirements) for Christmas beers and ales goes back centuries to the times when our ancestors celebrated the pagan holiday of Winter Solstice. Indeed, over the centuries, the entire notion of “Christmas beer” became ingrained in the holidays as much as yule logs and mistletoe. Norwegian farmers were required to brew juleøl—yule ale—for their workers or face expulsion from their property. And throughout the 19th century, British workhouses—those Dickensian homes for the poor—broke the tedium with free Christmas ale for their residents.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

The backstory of this iconic style is important because it establishes that Christmas/Winter beer isn’t really a style—it’s a tradition. It’s as fanciful as stockings hung by the chimney with care, or a child’s dreams of flying reindeer. It follows no criteria. Not that some rule-makers haven’t tried.  The Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines (Category 21B) say its aroma should be “reminiscent of Christmas cookies”, its appearance should be amber to dark brown and it must taste “rich and malty.” Interestingly, the guidelines also demand: “spices are required.” However, some would point out that some brands including the hugely popular Troegs Mad Elf might taste spicy but that sensation is a product of its phenol-producing Belgian yeast strain, not cinnamon or nutmeg.


Indeed winter spice beers produced by America’s small and independent brewers embody the spirit of the holiday season and folks go crazy for them. Down in Asheville, NC, Highland Brewing Co. unveils the iconic Cold Mountain Winter Ale each November just before Thanksgiving and for the entire month it’s the talk of the town. Fans skip work on Cold Mountain Monday to raid area stores for the spiced amber brew, emptying shelves within hours or even minutes!


During their annual “First Pour” event in late October, the staff at Great Lakes Brewing Co. brewpub pours about 430 pints of Christmas Ale every 60 minutes for 12 consecutive hours.  That’s one pint every eight seconds.

Suffice it to say, holiday ales are highly anticipated every year and whether or not they stick to the guidelines, they are a tradition that continues to grow by leaps and bounds as more breweries enter into the fray each year, giving us beer drinkers more varieties to try and anticipate!

So whatever your personal traditions may be, raise a glass of one (or more) of these special beers and say “Cheers!” to a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


Spiralized veggies are such a hot trend – served hot or cold! Buehler’s makes cooking with these nutritional “noodles” easier than ever with our prepackaged spiralized zucchini, spiralized beets, spiralized butternut squash and spiralized yellow squash.


Benefits of Spiralized Veggies

There are lots of benefits of spiralizing! Here are just a few:

  • Spiralized veggies have far fewer calories than regular pasta.
  • Kids will be enticed to eat their veggies with these neat noodles.
  • They are gluten free.


Spiralized Veggie Recipes

Here are some exciting recipes for your spiralized veggies:


Spiralized Beet Salad with feta and bacon and tomatoesBEET NOODLES WITH TOMATOES, FETA AND BACON from Inspiralized


Butternut Squash Alfredo






Spiralized beet salad
SPIRALIZED BEET SALAD from Fashionable Foods



Yellow squash with ricotta and grilled tomatoesYELLOW SQUASH WITH RICOTTA SALATA AND GRILLED TOMATOES from Inspiralized



Zoodle Pasta with Veggie Marinara & BaconZOODLE PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS AND ONION MARINARA AND BACON from Fit Foodie Finds


Find even more recipes on our SPIRALIZED VEGGIES Pinterest board.


Baking cod is so easy! Here’s a recipe to try. Add your favorite herbs and spices so it is just right for you and your family!

Easy Baked Cod

Dip cod in melted butter or margarine. Roll in Ritz Crackers crumbs. Place in baking pan and add a few tablespoons of water to the pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees 10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until fish flakes easily.

Variation: Add a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning (herbs, Parmesan cheese, etc.) to the Ritz Crackers, or brush with Dijon mustard before coating with the crackers.

Need some last minute gift ideas? Here are 30 ideas… And best part about our ideas – you can pick them up at Buehler’s when you’re doing your grocery shopping. Talk about time savers. We have something for everyone!


Gift Idea #30

Coke is a Christmas classic, and a fun, unexpected gift!


Gift Idea #29 – Batteries

Just in case the elves forget to include batteries – it’s always good to have some in reserve!


Christmas beer

Gift Idea #28 – Christmas Ale

Brewed just for the holiday season, Christmas beer is a great gift for the beer drinkers on your list. Our Craft Beer Department has a collection of everyone’s favorites! They won’t be around long….


Christmas Candy at Buehler's

Gift Idea #27 – Candy!

Does Santa put candy in your stocking?


Plush Toys are looking for a furever home


Gift Idea #26 – Plush Toys

Children love these fuzzy critters and our floral and gift shop has a wide variety of cuties. What was your favorite stuffed animal from your childhood?


Gift Cards - great for a last minute gift - anytime!


Gift Idea #25 – Gift Cards

If you have someone who is “tough to buy for” – come check out all the options on our gift card rack! Buehler’s carries over 300 retailer and restaurant gift cards.


Dutch Delight Chocolates - scoop up your favorites!


Gift Idea #24 – Chocolate

Yes, Virginia, there is a display of Dutch Delights chocolates at Buehler’s. Choose your favorites and enjoy! Oh, wait, this was supposed to be a blog about gift ideas for someone else!


Hot Wheels - in our toy department



Gift Idea #23 – Hot Wheels

If you’ve ever had a Hot Wheels car, you know the thrill of racing down the couch, over the dog and parking in a stray slipper. Share the joy of Hot Wheels with someone you love!


Munchies are a great gift for everyone!


Gift Idea #22 – Munchies

Whatever the “Snacker” on your list likes, you’ll find it at Buehler’s…. The real question is whether or not they’ll share!


Baileys Irish Cream

Gift Idea #21 – Baileys Irish Cream

Perfect for pairing with a hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows as a gift for someone you’d like to cozy up with this winter season!


Make something homemade!


Gift Idea #20 – Homemade Goodies

Everyone loves homemade gifts! They are fun to make and delightful to receive.

We’ve gathered some easy and clever holiday “food” gifts on our new Pinterest board:

Download the FREE printable gift tags shown above for your homemade holiday gifts!



Buehler's Fruitcake


Gift Idea #19 – Buehler’s Fruitcake

Fruitcake lovers in northern Ohio know, Buehler’s handmade fruitcake is delicious! Give the best to the fruitcake lover in your life.


Pet toys and treats are available in our pet department


Gift Idea #18 – Something Special for your Pets

Does Santa bring something special for your pets? Let Santa know that Buehler’s has cute toys and treats in our pet department!


Yankee Candles - America's Favorite Candle - available in our Floral and Gift Department


Gift Idea #17 – Yankee Candles

It’s so easy to find your favorite Yankee Candles in Buehler’s Floral and Gift Shop. Check out these Snowmen and Christmas Tree holiday candles, along with all your traditional favorites.


Cookie Trays


Gift Idea #16 – Cookie Trays

A wonderful hostess gift, neighborly gesture for a shut-in, or treat for your family! Buehler’s Cookie Trays come in three sizes and all include a variety of holiday cookies.


Ugly Wine Sweaters - looks good on any bottle (wine or other foods!)


 Gift Idea #15 – Ugly Wine Sweaters!

Our Ugly Wine Sweaters are One size fits all – wine, beer, hot sauce, pasta sauce, syrup – any cool foodie gift that comes in a bottle! What gift wouldn’t look awesome wrapped up in a warm, woolly, ugly wine sweater!

Ugly wine sweaters are available in our Wine Department for just $3.49. Our Ugly Wine Sweaters come in many styles! And we also have Ugly Beer Sweaters ($2.99) and Glam Coats and Hats ($3.99) for wine! Watch ***THE** fashion show:



Gift Idea #14 – Moselland Ars Vitis Riesling Wine

The wine aficionados and art lovers in your life will be amazed by the beautiful old world alpine village “Starry, Wintery Night” painting appearing INSIDE the bottles of Moselland Ars Vitis Riesling.

What a unique design! Our video gives you a 2-D perspective. Stop by our Wine Department and check it out in 3-D.

Scenic River Coffee - a Buehler's exclusive - comes in K-cups, ground or whole bean


Gift Idea #13 – Buehler’s Exclusive Scenic River Coffee

Our Scenic River K-Cups are the perfect gift for anyone with a Keurig® Coffee Maker — or who might just be getting one this year from Santa!

No Keurig machine? No problem! Scenic River coffee also comes in prepackaged bags of ground or whole beans, PLUS lots of whole bean varieties are available for you to purchase in bulk. The perfect gift for any coffee lover!


Buehler's Floral and Gift Department is always brimming over with the season's best


Gift Idea #12 – Anything in our Floral and Gift Department

Our beautiful floral-gift department has so many choices! Stop by at see what you can find for someone on your list.


Gift Cards - Buehler's stocks over 300 different cards


Gift Idea #11 – Gift Cards!

We’re hosting a Holiday Gift Card Sweepstakes! Purchase a qualifying gift card at one of our stores and you’ll be automatically entered! (Be sure to use your Advantage® Card.)

All gift cards qualify EXCEPT Speedway, Marathon, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Buehler’s gift cards.

Contest runs December 5 – 10, 2016.

One lucky winner will win a $100 Gift Card of their choice.

PLUS – Earn Double Rewards on gift cards throughout the contest!

Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules:

Ear Buds


Gift Idea #10 – Earbuds

These earbuds are a great stocking stuffer! Who do you know who likes music? Pick up some earbuds at Buehler’s!

Shopkins - new at Buehler's


Gift Idea #9 – Shopkins

Yes, Buehler’s carries teeny, tiny, little groceries!  Children love to collect Shopkins!

A Christmas favorite - poinsettias


Gift Idea #8 – A Poinsettia from our Floral Department

Whose day would you make bright with a poinsettia from our floral department? Poinsettias are a great gift for neighbors and friends.

Gold sparkling wine


Gift Idea # 7 – Blue Nun 24 K Gold Edition Sparkling Wine

For someone VERY special, Buehler’s wine department has a limited number of bottles of the elusive Blue Nun 24 K GOLD EDITION Sparkling Wine. Effervescent, with fine pieces of 24-carat gold leaf this is the perfect wine for celebrations, special occasions and life’s golden moments.


Buehler's fruit baskets make great gifts year round.


Gift Idea #6 – Fresh Fruit Baskets

Buehler’s fresh fruit baskets come in lots of sizes, from this Fresh Fruit Sampler to our Ultimate Snack Combo Basket – which is perfect for an office party. Our fruit baskets are beautiful and so healthy!

Click here to see our 2016 Fruit Basket line up.

(And remember we can create a custom basket featuring your favorite items! Just ask!)




Gift Idea #5 – Gift Box filled with Meats, Cheeses & more!

We think food is a perfect gift! And these prepackaged boxes with cheeses, meats, crackers and jams are super easy to wrap. Look for them in our produce department or in our holiday display at the front of the store.

Certified Angus Beef steak knives - available in Buehler's Meat Department

Gift Idea #4 – Certified Angus Beef Stainless Steel Steak Knife set

Lookin’ sharp! Yes, these stainless steel Certified Angus Beef steak knives are perfect for cutting into a delicious steak! They are available for purchase in our meat department…along with lots of delicious cuts of Certified Angus Beef.

Willow Tree nativity scenes are available in Buehler's floral and gift department


Gift Idea #3 – Nativity Sets

We are so happy to have Willow Tree Nativity Sets available in our gift shop. What a meaningful gift!


Buehler's fresh holiday wreath


Gift Idea #2 – A Fresh Christmas Wreath

Brighten someone’s day with a gift they can enjoy throughout the holiday season! Buehler’s has beautiful, fresh holiday wreaths on display out side our stores. What a perfect gift for teachers, neighbors or special friends!


Buehler's has over 300 gift cards


Gift Idea #1 – Gift Cards

It’s a tradition at Buehler’s – Black Friday through December 10 you’ll earn DOUBLE Rewards when you buy gift cards! We highly recommend “Double Dipping” – purchasing gift cards for stores where you will be buying gifts for friends and family – then using the gift cards to purchase your gifts. Say you’ll be buying a new laptop for your husband at Best Buy. Get a handful of Best Buy gift cards at Buehler’s (and earn Double Rewards) and then use the gift cards at Best Buy to purchase your laptop. Now that’s some smart shopping!


It’s an Ohio tradition…. This potato casserole recipe will please young and old, and it is so easy to stir together and bake. It is the original recipe from Mr. Dell with their famous all natural hash browns!

Mr. Dell’s Original Hash Brown Casserole


  • 10 c. Mr. Dell’s Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 12 oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. chopped green onions
  • 2 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. crushed corn flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pour 1/4 c. melted margarine into 9×13″ baking dish.
  2. Add 5 c. of frozen Mr. Dell’s Hash Browns.
  3. Mix soup, sour cream, milk and green onions in separate bowl.
  4. Pour 1/2 of the mixture over hash browns.
  5. Sprinkle 1 c. cheese on top.
  6. Add remaining hash browns, then top with remaining mixture.
  7. Sprinkle on remaining cheese, then cover with crushed corn flakes.
  8. Drizzle 2 T. melted butter or margarine on top.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes.





Get a peek behind the scenes of our bakery department as we make a batch of Buehler’s famous Pumpkin Pies. Made with real eggs,  sugar and Smith’s Dairy milk, our pies are a “must have” for many of our loyal customer’s Thanksgiving dinners. And pumpkin fans crave them year round! Check out this video and learn a special bakery tip at the end for filling your pie shells!


Buehler’s head chef, Mike Merritt, demonstrates how to brine a turkey and shares tips and his brine recipe – so your bird will be tender, juicy and flavorful.

Chef Mike’s Turkey Brine Recipe

2 gallons cold water
3/4 c. salt
3 T. whole peppercorns
5 whole bay leaves
4 fresh sprigs rosemary, stems removed
2 c. brown sugar
3 c. apple cider or apple juice
2 whole oranges, cut into quarters
1 turkey

Watch the video to see how easy it is to brine a turkey!

Buehler’s Fresh Foods meat managers recently visited Rod and Laurie Ferguson’s Chippewa Valley Angus farm along with staff from Certified Angus Beef. Rod greeted the group as they gathered inside his barn to hear how this local veterinarian first got involved with the Angus breed.


As a young teen, a neighbor’s black Angus cow caught Rod’s eye. His family farm already was home to a small herd, but no black Angus cows. That was soon going to change! Rod, with his father’s help, obtained a loan to purchase his first Angus cow – and never looked back! He and his Angus cows won many awards throughout the years. Rod was thrilled to see the popularity of these black cows grow and grow. It has been on the upswing for decades!


The goal of Chippewa Valley Angus farm is to improve the already excellent breed. The farm breeds for small calves who grow strong quickly. He knows these small, healthy calves can thrive without a lot of human intervention.

The Fergusons also breed for increased marbling found in the beef (tiny white flecks found in beef that augment flavor and tenderness). Did you know the monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, found in beef is the “good” kind of fat found in olive oil. Yes, eating beef is good for your health!


Throughout the visit, Buehler’s meat managers could observe the herd grazing and resting peacefully in grassy, spacious pastures. Rod emphasized that he concentrates on doing what is best for the animals. He referred often to animal expert, Temple Grandin, who has advised ranchers around the world on humane care of animals. She is highly respected in by Angus ranchers.


Rod takes great care to make sure his Angus cows are happy. He asked the group of guests to stop for a minute and just listen. There was silence. Rod explained that “Mooing” would have indicated distress in the herd. All the cows were calm.


Rod feeds his beef locally produced grain and minerals. The vet declared, “Animals eat a healthier diet by far than humans. Not as varied, but healthier.”  That’s thanks to the intensive science that goes into studying what’s best for producing the best beef.


Rod and Laurie have hosted groups from around the world – spreading their knowledge about the Angus breed. Supply and demand for the Angus beef is effected by many things around the globe. Drought makes farmers and ranchers sell off their herd, initially increasing supply, but in the long run, breeding stock is reduced and take years to rebuild. A drought in Australia or a high demand for beef in Japan can effect the price of beef in the USA. And Certified Angus Beef is the mark of quality wherever you find beef!

Buehler’s is so fortunate to have Certified Angus Beef’s corporate office just up the road. The organization oversees selection of beef for the program – with high standards that guarantee shoppers who purchase CAB beef that they will be getting high quality meat!


Thank you to Rod & Laurie for the opportunity for Buehler’s meat department mangers to visit Chippewa Valley Angus farm and learn first hand about the program.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is home to the Medina Liquor Agency

The Buehler’s Medina River Styx location at 3626 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio, officially opened the Medina Liquor Agency, inside of the supermarket, on Monday, November 7, 2016. This completes the transfer and relocation agreement with the Wine Reserve to purchase the Medina Liquor Agency.

Dan Shanahan, President, and COO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods stated, “With the highly successful opening of our Ashland, Wooster, Coshocton and New Philadelphia State Liquor Agencies, this move continues the establishment of Ohio Liquor Agencies inside Buehler’s supermarket locations.”

Ron James, Buehler’s Director of Beer, Wine and Liquor added, “We are proud to offer our customers the convenience of one-stop shopping, and have strived to respect customers’ considerations by keeping this a “store within a store.”

Buehler’s Medina River Styx has expanded beer and wine offerings, with over 1,000 beers and 3,500 wines available daily, as well as a broad selection of premium spirits. There is a 10% discount on wine case purchases, and liquor agency customers may now use their credit or debit cards. Buehler’s Medina Liquor Agency hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Knowledgeable employees are on-hand to assist customers with their purchase.


“We would like to thank the Wine Reserve and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for their assistance to complete the transfer and relocation of the liquor agency. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Medina community for their patience during the process,” added Jack Rohrbaugh, Store Manager, Buehler’s Fresh Foods Medina River Styx.


Buehler’s, founded in 1929, is celebrating eighty-seven years as an independent, family owned and operated grocer. Buehler’s is recognized as a pacesetter in the industry, and is positioned for growth as a trusted business partner.

Buehler’s Turkey Dinner For Two makes Thanksgiving and Christmas special for a mini “crowd”!

You don’t need a large number of people to celebrate the holidays! If your holiday “crowd” consists of just you… or you and a special guest, Buehler’s Turkey Dinner for Two is perfect! It’s ready for you to heat up … and enjoy!

Our Turkey Dinner for Two includes:

Fresh oven roasted boneless skinless turkey breast

Homestyle bread dressing

Real mashed potatoes


Green bean casserole

Cranberry relish

Mini White Bread Loaf

2 pieces pumpkin pie

All for just $26.99

Advanced orders are encouraged. Your dinner will be available for pick-up in our Market Deli.

Pick up for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22 or Thursday, November 23, 2017 

Pick up for Christmas on Saturday, December 23 or Sunday, December 24, 2017 before 6 pm.


For larger gatherings, try our Complete Turkey Dinner for 8-10 people.

Click here to learn more.