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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 27,436
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2516 Market Avenue
phone: (216) 771-4404
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 205 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
After going to the West Side Market, I just had to stop at the place that I always wanted to go to in Cleveland. I say it's about Damn time that I stopped by for a drink. I've lived here for a while now and never stopped.
It's directly across for the West Side Market down a small side street. The brewpub is toward the middle, the gift shop next to that, and the big ass brewery at the end. Not much parking on the street but the Market has free parking and the Brewery offers not free public parking. The gift shop is very small, but filled with Great Lakes merchandise ranging from beer stored in a really cool vintage refrigerator to posters and shirts. I thought the prices in the gift shop were expensive, but hey it's a gift shop. What do I expect? Now on to the Brewpub.
They are renovating, so it's going to be a little different in the upcoming months. When you first walk in, the stairs to the top floor are on the right, a little farther up on the right is the steps to the downstairs bathrooms and dinning room, the left there is another seperate dinning room and straight ahead is the cool vintage bar. I can't put in words how nice the bar is, except that it's really old with bullet holes. My only problem is that it's very small with hardly any room to maneuver around. Very Limited seating at the bar and the bar area.
I found the service very fast and very knowledgeable of the beer and the food they sold there. Very good service!
Their beer selection consists of no other outside brewery beers and only their 5 regular line beers, seasonal, and maybe a Great Lakes pub exclusive. When I was there they were out of the beer I wanted to try, the Rockefeller Bock. So, I had to settle for the Blackout Stout (poor me,LOL!!). The prices for the beer were average and the Blackout being more, due to the higher ABV. The growler prices were high. $20 for the big one and $10 for the small one. I'm not sure that even included the beer itself.
The food was good, but I found it to be expensive. Maybe it's due to the area? When I went it was lunch time and they had no seperate lunch menu, just a regular all-day menu. The soup was $6, House salad $4, and the pizza $13. To me that's expensive, maybe not to someone else though.
If you're in the area and have just been to the Market and are thristy, then stop on by and get yourself a fresh Great Lakes beer and check out their beautiful decor. You won't be disappointed by either! A must Cleveland sight!
04-12-2006 20:47:29 |
More by AltBock
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
At the risk of sounding like a Cleveland provincialist (I'm a life-long resident, but I am not), the Great Lakes Brewing Company is a Cleveland treasure.
Where do I begin with this place? First off, the location is at the corner of West 25th and Lorain in what is slowly becoming known as the Market Square Area of Ohio City. It is right across from the West Side Market and I would recommend a trip to this place on a Saturday afternoon after a trip through the historic West Side Market across the street. Both are worth making a day of it in Cleveland if you are coming from beyond Greater Cleveland.
The pub itself is in a restored historical building that was once frequented by Eliot Ness when he was Cleveland's safety director in the latter stages of his career. Lots of character and history in the building itself. If it is open when you go in, go into the Beer Cellar. It is a much more relaxed atmosphere than upstairs and is a good place to kick back after work or a trip to the Market.
The food is highly recommended and rates favorably with some of the finer restaurants in town, even if this is not their main objective.
And the beer? Let's just say that if you can't find something that you will absolutely rave about then you aren't trying very hard. On my last visit, I had an Engine 20 Smoked Ale. I will say this, I have had many phenomenal offerings from GLBC but this one is definitely in the top ten percent of anything I've ever had from them.
The offerings at GLBC are constantly changing on the premises. Old standbys such as Burning River Pale Ale and the Eliot Ness can and will never go wrong IMHO.
Plan on staying a while here and getting the full experience at Great Lakes. Parking can be tricky, but the lot behind West Side Market is free and there is plenty of space to fit in there (especially when the market is closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday).
Concerned about driving afterwards? RTA buses are plentiful for the locals and the Red Line Rapid is a short walk to and from the brewery. And the Tower City stop is the next one right across the river to get you downtown. Taxi service to downtown is also quickly available at reasonable rates.
The other most wonderful thing about GLBC aside from the beer is that the place is smoke-free. That is great for those who don't care to smell like they've been in a housefire after going to a bar.
To sum up, any visit to Cleveland must include a visit to a truly premium brewpub and Great Lakes most assuredly delivers the goods.
03-06-2006 02:05:34 |
More by BuckeyeHoppy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This was the highlight of my Cleveland trip. We arrived early to take the brewery tour, which is just around the corner from the pub. I believe they give the tour every hour on Saturdays, but check the website to make sure. We enjoyed the tour, our guide was very friendly, and knowledgeable. After, we had a beer, and later came back for dinner. They had all the regulars, plus Blackout Stout. Everything was the best quality, straight from the source. The Edmund Fitz. never tasted any better. It was pretty crowded both upstairs, and in the cellar pub. Our service was good, and the food was pretty good as well, maybe a bit pricey. Overall, if you come to Cleveland, you must go here. You must. A place like Great Lakes is exactly what American craft beer should be about.
02-20-2006 23:44:02 |
More by Bierguy5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went down to the brewpub just after Christmas. Located on the west side of town, near the West Side Market in "Ohio City". I took the brewery tour a couple years ago, but I don't remember much so I can't really comment on it. They weren't doing tours the day I went (a Friday) until 5:00pm.
The brewpub is in its own building, across the street from the brewery. It was crowded around lunch time, but we only had to wait 5 or 10 minutes for a table. We ate in the bar room, and I didn't get to see too much else of the place. The basement looked cool, though, cavelike almost.
Good standard pub food, reasonably priced. I had the brwatwurst and perogies, which went great with the Grand Cru that had just been tapped that afternoon. The portions were decent, though they served the food on huge plates that made for an odd look. It tasted great so that's all that matters. There were six or so of their own beers on tap. I don't think they served any other brands, though the bar was full service if you want something besides beer. Looked like they had a big wine list too. Most of the standard beers were there (Dort, pale ale, holy moses, Edmund) plus some others that aren't bottled (Loch Ness, Grand Cru, and one other I'm forgetting)
Definately worth a trip, I hope to go back next time I'm in town visiting the folks.
01-03-2006 22:50:20 |
More by JackStraw22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very nice Brewery. First of all the tour was great. Since there was nobody who showed up for the previous tour, the tourguide gave us a private tour. He was very informative and sociable as well. The service inside the eatery/pub was also excellent. While eating I had everything I needed. The service saw to it that I laced for nothing. The food was also good. The portions served were fairly large and of course the beer was excellent. I would have liked to see some more of the seasonal or brewpub beers on tap, but other than that the selection of beer was good. In addition to the quality of food and beer the atomsphere of the place was just right. The pub, which is down stairs is very nice looking, brick walls and lots of wood. The rest of the eatery was set up like a higher end restaurant. If you're in the area this is a must on your list of places to visit.
12-24-2005 21:01:18 |
More by becktone
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went to the Brewing Company with a group of guys to watch the Cavs game (Saturday evening). The upstairs was crowded and the wait time was around 1.25 hrs. We went downstairs to eat/drink and watch the game. It is like a cave and has a distinct personality to it. There are some beer steins in the back room. We had to be our own servers between our table and the bar, but the service was great. Food was good -- sausage sampler and soft pretzels a must. Beer was a little better than good. I drank a lot of the Great Lakes beer from the bottle at home, and never thought it was the greatest. At the brewing company and on draught is a whole other story - very good. I would recommend the IPA and the Dortmunder.
12-11-2005 20:38:43 |
More by DuqTroops
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been visiting GLBC every autumn for the last three years, it's about time I give them their props. Last visited 10/29/05.
The atmosphere is damn cool. Real wood (mahogany?) original bar from 1901. The bartender let me walk behind the bar (after closing) and showed me 2 bullet holes from way back when. Tin pressed ceiling tiles, real wood paneled walls (going half-way up) with real cool old fashioned looking wallpaper to even it all out. Dark & cozy with a beautiful frontage from Market Street. I could go on and on, definitely the real McCoy of an old style, old world pub. The dining area is very much the same style as the pub of which I'm speaking. The gift shop has this very old real wood compartmental refrigerator where each 24" x 24" door showcases it's own separate beer - very nice. The poster selection was very cool, one for each beer label. Shirts, glass pitchers, glasses galore, yada, yada, yada.
Quality is top notch. Fresh, consistent and flavorful - doesn't get any better.
Selection is good. Nosferatu, Christmas Ale and Cleveland Brown Ale were the pubs showcase beers that night along with their original 6 (check their website). I was bummed they didn't have their Pumpkin Ale on tap, it had been brewed but not available for another week. We were informed they just ran out of their Rackhouse Ale (aged in bourbon barrels) - bummer.
Food is off-the-hook. A sausage sampler platter to die for. Bread pudding was the best I've ever had. Fish & Chips were stellar. Edmund Fitzgerald Chocolate Chunk ice cream paired with a fresh pint of the same, heaven. Spectacular in every sense.
Good value, but maybe I'm biased because I drive 8 hrs. round trip just to belly-up, stay in an affordable hotel and take off back to Michigan the next morning. Worth every cent.
11-05-2005 15:32:02 |
More by malty
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Found the brewery easy-peasy, but the brew pub is actually a few doors down. Easy to find parking. The area was pretty busy on that Saturday afternoon (the West Side Market is nearby).
Both my wife and I give the food high praise. Really tasty stuff. Service was a bit slow (at least when you are as hungry as we were), but worth it.
I had a Nosferatu, she had a Holy Moses (she also sampled the Christmas Ale and Cleveland Brown Ale). After eating on the second story, we wondered down to the first-floor bar, shared a Rack House Stock Ale (at least that's what I remember it as, not listed on the Web site. Aged in a bourbon barrell and very much like a liqueur) and watched the Buckeyes pummel Minnesota.
Before leaving we took a look at the basement bar, which was even better, and we both wished we had gone down there sooner.
Great crowd, no eardrum-busting music, professional servers who know and appreciate their product.
10-30-2005 01:12:49 |
More by budsboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a sandwich and beer after a Browns/Lions game. This was the first time I stopped here, despite previously living in the Cleveland area for several years.
The atmosphere was really nice, and other patrons seemed mostly upscale. It was comfortable and the service was pretty good. I sat upstairs for dining, and the waitress was pretty attentive.
The beer menu included the major offerings which you can find in any grocery store in the area (Dortmunder Gold, Holy Moses, Elliot Ness, Burning River, etc). Also, there were 2 "pub-only" brews. I chose one of those (a burning strong beer called Rackhouse), followed by a Dortmunder Gold to sooth my throat.
The food was good quality and reasonably priced.
Definitely a must-see while in the Cleveland area, I completely recommend it!
10-27-2005 19:36:07 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I dug this place as soon as I laid eyes on it. The upstairs bar was rather small but it was very nice. The beer was all of their regular stuff plus some seasonals. The service could have been a little better, but it looks like she had a long day, so I won't hold it against her. The food was fantastic. The gourmet pizzas were exceedingly delightful. The downstairs bar was way cooler. Literally, it was an old storage area for the brewery. The dungeonesque atmosphere was very cozy, plus they have several large tvs, for games and such. Overall a very nice place.
09-28-2005 19:50:15 |
More by quasimoto
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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