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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 71
Beer Ratings: 27,609
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2516 Market Avenue
phone: (216) 771-4404
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was at Great Lakes for their Oktoberfest party. I walked in with 10 people and a 2 hour wait for a table. The hostess was accommodating and luckily 8 seats opened at the bar so we just camped out there.
The place was packed and a nice German band was playing out on the patio. I would have liked to have been there when it wasn't so crowded but it was still a great time. The bartenders were excellent and stopped to answer every question I had even though they were extremely busy.
You can tell this is definitely an old building (1898 if I remember correctly). I heard some interesting stories on the tour about Great Lakes and all the buildings on the block and I am sure I would have heard more from the bartenders if we had time to chat.
I made it just in time for the 8 o'clock tour (last of the day) and was lucky enough to be the only on that showed up. It was great getting what basically was a private tour of the brewery. I really enjoyed the samples of Edmund and Christmas from the fermentors. Overall a very nice tour with a ton of brewing info and Great Lakes historical info packed into an hour. The tour is highly recommended.
The selection contained GL's mainstays (Elliot Ness, Burning River, Dortmunder, Edmund & Holy Moses) along with Nosferatu, Lake Erie Monster & Oktoberfest. I would have preferred a few more seasonals/specials on tap but I still had my hands full with the Nosferatu and Monster.
The food seemed slightly pricey for bar food but I think they had a few more upscale (as far as bar food goes) items on the menu so it might have been in line with what you get. I had the burger and it was delicious. The beer was cheap enough to balance out the food and make GL very reasonable. The growlers were exspensive though as others have mentioned in reviews.
Overall, Great Lakes was one of the best brewpubs I have been to and is a must visit for anyone on the area. I even met Luke the brewer and he invited us to a tailgate party for the Badger game the next day. Don't forget to stop at the gift shop (you kind of have to search for it as I didn't think it was the easiest to find).
09-08-2006 20:22:23 |
More by brewcrew76
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Spacious patio, definately not trying to cram people into this place. They have a rotating selection of 8 or 9 beers on tap - mostly rich ales and one flagship lager.
Prices aren't cheap for food or beer, but everything speaks of quality. From the glassware to the beer, the furnishings, food preparation and ingredients. Albeit uninventive fare, it was extremely tasty (I had the vegan version of their burger..yum!).
Employees (from managers to busers) seem quite beer-knowledgeable and friendly. However, I was treated like i was four years old waiting for my daddy to come by the waitress. Tant pis, qu'est-ce qu'on va faire?
09-08-2006 03:54:44 |
More by geographie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My borther and I went to Cleveland to watch the Tigers play the Indians. Before the game we stopped in for some dinner and a couple beers. The beers that were offered were some of the usuals Burning River, Elliot Ness, Dortmunder Gold, and Edmund Fitzgerald plus Nosferatu, Lake Erie Monster, and an Octoberfest. The Monster was a DIPA at about 9%.
We started off with some of their homemade pretzels made from the spent grain of the brewing process. The pretzels came with 3 sauces yellow mustard, brown mustard and a garlic cheese spread. For an entree I had the 76 Hour Pork with Fava Beans, Fingerling Potatoes, and Strawberries. The pork melted in my mouth and the Octoberfest was a nice compliment to it. We did not have dessert.
One of the cool things about Great Lakes is the shuttle service to and from the games. Juat ask your server for a ticket on the Fatty Wagon and they will drop you off across the street from Jacobs Field. Whenever I am in Cleveland, I always make sure to hit Great Lakes.
08-27-2006 14:10:36 |
More by brotherfraz2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Overall the atmosphere isn't overly eccentric, but makes up for it by offering various spaces for dining and drinking. On the warmer Cleveland days you can sit out front in a cozy little tree covered patio, or step to the side and enjoy beer and fare under the newly constructed, retractably covered patio. Inside they offer a range of atmospheres from the traditional pub bar covered in dark stained wood to the laid back feel of the cellar.
I've never had any complaints about the service. The menu is very good and what impresses me is the boldness of ingredients and combinations such as the cheeses, fruits, and veggies that get paired up with main attraction on the dish. I believe that is essential for a brewery's menu who's goal is complexity and character to mirror those same qualities found in their beer.
The beer selection is obviously fantastic and go often to catch their pub only drafts that in my experiences where the most aggressive, experimental, and complex brews i've tasted. To name a few; Rackhouse, Grassroots Ale, Market Street Wheat.
08-19-2006 19:08:25 |
More by cabsandking
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a fun place to go to. Period. A lot of people visit this place, some regulars, and a lot of travelers, so you can always have a good conversation about the beer with someone. The whole place is beautiful, from the bar, to the beer garden. The bartender Steve is awesome. He definately pours the most amazing beers i've ever seen. They usually have somewhere from six to nine different beers on-tap at a time. All great beer. This is a fun place to go, I live more than half an hour away and I make sure I visit at least once a week
08-15-2006 09:33:18 |
More by dustylong
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to visit freinds that relocated in Cleveland for a night out we visited this establishment for dinner.With reservation already made the wait at the door was only 15 minutes which was fine with me as I was able to walk around a check the place out. The gound floor had a very nice bar with a chalkboard listing the beer offerings. The rustic bar looked to be well used by past patrons. The down stairs bar was much smaller but had character to it and surrounded by filled tables of guests. Our name was called and upstairs we went into a rather plain seating area but comfortable area with a room of happy people. The table had a beerlist available with a story behind each bber. I ordered up a Thomas Jeffe-Weizen Wheat Ale 4.6abv this beer was indeed a good wheat. The meal was ordered a grilled flat iron steak along with another beer this time a Edmond Fitzgererald Porter 5.8abv again a good beer. The meal was a long time coming but was fine nothing special. for desert I ordered a Blackout Stout IPA 9.0abv this was indeed the highlight of the meal . The taste was like drinking a fine congac which needed to be sipped. Overall a very good night with a stop over in the gift shop this is quite the place.
08-09-2006 23:35:26 |
More by gumper2
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is not only the pride and joy of Cleveland, but the pride and joy of Ohio. An absolute must stop for anybody in the Cleveland area. The beer speaks for itself- some of the best around. My two favs being the Commodore Perry IPA and the Christmas Ale. My only complaint on the beer is that I wish they offered more on a year round basis- but the quality of beer is by far one of the best.
The atmosphere is also great. The old main bar has some history with it. Just ask the bartenders about Eliot Ness and the bullet holes. The beer cave in the basement literally takes you to another time and place. You want a quiet dinner- the upstairs dining rooms provide an intimate setting. Then there is the patio- great!! Saturday afternoons on the patio make for great beer and people watching with the flea market and westide market across the street.
Plus I believe they give free tours Friday and Saturday evenings, yet I'm still to take advantage.
08-04-2006 14:37:21 |
More by Bones54
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was highly impressed with this place, I must say this is hands down the best brewery/brewpub I've ever been to. All things combined just made for a beer lover's paradise. The area the actual pub is located in is down a little brick paved road lined with tall trees that served as a nice shady respite from the warm summer sun. The area of town was quite nice in general and I was impressed how clean and tidy everything was on the streets. Parking is pretty much a huge headache, especially as an out of tower who wasn't sure how aggressive Cleveland's finest would be in removing my rather large pickup from the one-hour time limit metered spot I managed to snag (as I was SURELY going to take more than an hour). The brewery lot is basically a joke, totally full and $4. I'd recommend parking in the West Side market lot or trying the parallel street parking. There are quite a few lots with tow away notices; quite annoying.
Anyway, to the actual pub itself, it's actually sectioned off into a restaurant/bar area and the basement is a drink-only pub, no food down there. They had outdoor seating lit by overhanging dangly xmas style lights which lent a charming, relaxed atmosphere. The inside was very nice, obviously old and historic but immaculately kept. The main bar itself was particularly impressive. I was seated pretty quickly which was surprising given how busy it was. I had the beer sampler platter, only seven brews were available as they were out of their Saison De Ete which was a little disappointing. All the beer was very well crafted and amazingly tasted very much the same draft as it does bottled, which really is a good sign. Their Market Street Wheat Hefeweizen was a nice surprise as I'm a big Hefe guy, this one was very well made, it nearly tasted Bavarian! The food was upscale and excellent as well, I had the risotto and the bread pudding for dessert, all wonderful. My server was friendly and knowledgable but disappeared at a few inoppurtune times. They had large flip top growlers available at $18.95 with expensive fill rates. I splurged and went for it mainly for the growler, the fill itself was $14 on top of the growler charge! Outrageous, but as I said, I was splurging. So yeah, the place is definitely expensive if you let it be, but you could get out for under $20 with a sandwich and a couple pints. They had a great little gift shop with some nice merchandise that I also took advantage of.
All in all I had a great time and the place made me think the world of Cleveland (even though the Hojo I stayed at... well, sucked, but that's another review entirely).
I shall return!
06-27-2006 09:15:53 |
More by Gaisgeil
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A really cool place to hang out, have a beer and a great meal. The basement was very cool (I think the building must be 100 years old or more) and was a great drinking environment. The main level had a bar also and the upstairs is where we ate. The service was excellent (I didn't even have to ask for a glass of water with my sampler, it was automatically supplied.) The quality of the beer was exceptional. The Dortmunder Gold was out of this world and the best of the bunch (and don't forget that my name is Porter17). The others were all unique and distinctive. I enjoyed every one of the 8 beers offered. The food was very good (the cheese soup and salmon entree were my choices). My finacee had the lobster pizza, which was good (only that they tried to serve us a reheated pizza first and we had to send it back. Shame!). The beer was a good value (the beer sampler was $8 for 8-four ounce beers) and the food was fairly priced too. This place is a must when you find yourself in Cleveland.
05-16-2006 02:14:28 |
More by porter17
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had lunch at the brewery on a Saturday afternoon. The beer was good and the place was nice, clean, and we recieved good service. Eventually did the brewery tour with Murphy and that was kinda cool. An average tour as they go. Pay for sampler type stuff. The food was good. I think that the chef was trying to make a name for themselves because the plates and presentation of the food was nice. It filled me up, but not an overabundance of food that I've come to enjoy at pubs. Only a handfull of fries on the plate... Overall a good experience. I wish that I would have had more time.
05-04-2006 20:39:19 |
More by jyeast101
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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