Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
glbc is a cool place inside. the upstairs bar is gorgeous and the downstair pub is pretty damn nice. big screen tv over the taps shows games. the beer selection was not large, but what do you expect from a brewpub. i tried the holy moses, burning river and glockenspiel and was dissappointed by none
the chicken sandwich i had was tasty. the pesto mayo was a great asset (and i am personally almost afraid of mayonnaise)
i've just moved here and this was my first driving to great lakes, but parking seemed like it might occasionally be a pain in the ass
good prices, it seems: $25 for soup&sandwich and 3 brews. could be better, but not gonna complain
09-04-2005 04:42:28 | More by bruachan
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is the standard. Vintage bar area as you walk in, with tables off to the left, adjacent to the brewing equipment. Beautiful basement seating (and additional bar) downstairs. Outdoor seating in front of the restaurant overlooking historic Market Street.
What can I say? The beer is consistently excellent - I had a pint of Burning River for starters, and finished up with two pints of Glockenspiel (a Weizen Bock, 8% abv), which was delicious. The food is the best I've had in over 100 brewpub visits around the country, and last night's Southwest Pizza was phenomenal - not to mention the great Artichoke Crock app, and the incredible homemade bread pudding for dessert.
Great Lakes is damn near perfect in every way.
08-31-2005 22:58:24 | More by olacub
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
As a Clevelander, I'm lucky enough to have one of the finest breweries in the world right at my doorstep. Located downtown in a landmark area called Ohio city, it's surronded by pre prohibition era buildings and creates a very cool ambiance.
I sipped an Eliot Ness at the same antique wooden bar the man himself often frequented. His bullet holes still adorn the bar above large mirrors. I decided to do some research and take the brewery tour, which begins at the bar in the cellar, the original brewhouse before they relocated across the street. I'd recommend this tour especially to anyone interested in homebrewing, or any fellow BA.
The patio outside was a nice place to sit and enjoy their sampler of the nine beers on tap. Of course I would like to see more of their thirty-three varieties on tap, but I'd rather sacrifice a larger variety of pastuerized seasonals for a smaller selection of fresh quality beer. Pretzels made from the brewery's spent barley grains are a nice touch to cleanse the palate between samples. The menu is expensive, but it is all organic and according to local newspapers, "very fine cuisine".
All Cleveland BA's should be proud of a local brewery so concerned with repect to the environment, the Bavarian purity law, and outstanding brew. Respect beer. Respect GLBC.
08-08-2005 02:42:47 | More by PBRstreetgang
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I ate in the restaurant on a beautiful July evening here in Northern Ohio. The decor is a compilation of breweriana from Great Lakes products (posters, signage, and other memorbilia) and other old breweries from around the area. The building itself is a historic, Victorian style place with wonderful woodwork abound.
I started off my meal with a glass of Nosferatu served in a goblet, and ordered an artichoke, olive, and roasted red pepper pizza for dinner, which was better than I even expected. The server was on point with timely fill ups of our beers and also very quick service with our food. After the meal I finished it all off with a pint of the York Street ESB.
The only slight let down I find from coming here is a lack of either a wider selection of beers or guest beers of some sort, but again you're not coming to GLBC for much besides their beer and their food. The whole street and area there is perfect, and wonderful in the summer time when diners are out drinking beers casually on the patio or sidewalk in front of the restaurant or the wine bar next door. I would recommend Great Lakes to anyone interested in trying a very professional brewpub with superb food and excellent service. It's a great place from top to bottom.
07-22-2005 14:23:36 | More by edmundfitzoil
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Located in downtown Cleveland, but tucked away off the main strip. Very scenic and historic location. The beer selection was a bit disapointing considering the number of brews in their output, however, the beer on draft at the location is better than anything you'll buy in the stores. They also have specialty brews on draft that are not released anywhere else. The food is a bit expensive, but is of very high quality. The restaurant is a little small, so you may have to wait, but it should be well worth it.
06-10-2005 17:30:49 | More by klewis
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
After posting a message with the Great Lakes Forum, I was inundated with comments to hit GLBC when in Cleveland this past week. They were so right. Altough it was closed Monday for Memorial Day, I tried again Tuesday with some college friends I have not seen sinc emy wedding two years ago. Without question, the hostess seated us outside without even having us look inside or giving us an option. We did manage to make the rounds later on with a few trips to the bathroom.
Really enjoyed the beer/cheese soup, pizza and the sampler of all the brews on tap. Really enjoyed the Dortmunder Gold and Pale Ale. The 9% Barleywine Blackout '03 wasn't as impressive as I hoped. I wish i had better descriptions of the atmosphere and place inside, but you'll find a bunch of reviews with it.
For a rare but beautiful day in Cleveland, sitting outside and enjoying this fine place couldn't have gone better.
06-03-2005 01:26:41 | More by Backer2004
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Made a "pilgrimage" to this spot while in Cleveland for a long weekend. The decor & atmosphere are incredible. A vintage/authentic Depression era mahogany bar, complete restored, adorns one whole wall of the brew pub. Many smaller booths, tables and areas are in seperate rooms and/or near the bar. The decor is very authentic, circa 1920's, in color and ambiance, with the standard decorations. A sidewalk patio with tables is available for those longing for the outdoors. The brewpub is right across the street from the brewery, so the beers are very fresh.
Oh yeah, the beer. Simply put, the worst beers GLBC makes are only very good. Of course I had the sampler, and for $8.50 I was set up with nine 5 or 6oz samples..everything they had on tap. Many of the flagbearer brews are house standards with seasonal offerings and brew pub only offerings to try from. I sat down in what I thought was the best seat in the house (right in front of the tap handles) and proceeded to have one of the best lunches I have had anywhere for awhile.
The 9 beers were excellent, fresh and very enjoyable. My personal favorite (Edmund Fitzgerald) was awesome being so fresh. The Blackout Stout (seasonal) was equally as good. An ESB was a pub only offering.
The food is very good. Per reviews from BeerFly, I had the Walleye Chips...very good. The Stilton Cheddar Soup, while a bit lean on the portion, was very tasty. They both paired well with a pint of Eliot Ness. For dessert I had to get the Chocolate Chip Ice Cream made with Edmund Fitz porter. I talked my barkeep Steve into a freebie cordial of Edmund Fitz that I used to baptise each spoonful of ice cream in/with....awesome!
One side note - my barkeep (Steve) was from England. I mistakenly took his accent for New England, and found out it was Old England! To my immediate left at the bar was Pete, a older regular who was from Ireland and still has the Celtic tongue to prove it. Between the two of them I had a blast talking and BS'n on a variety of subjects. Pete was finishing his 2nd pint of Blackout Stout....perhaps I glimpse into my future!
There is a retail store adjacent to the brew pub that offers cases, 4 and 6 packs, even growlers, along with the traditional items. I picked up a fresh 6 of Edmund Fitz. To get to the retail shop you went down & under/thru the refurbished cellar. You could feel the history of the place. They say Eliot Ness hung out there, and I believe it.
In short, if you are a serious BA and you are in Cleveland you have to go here. Definitley a "can't miss" for this part of the country, and I highly recommend it.
05-28-2005 17:41:52 | More by BuckSpin
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Wow! What a great day and a long awaited trip to GLBC. A little hard to find if you're not from around here but tucked away in old Victorian buildings, the atmosphere immediately engages your senses.
Parking was a bit of a trick but the pay lot was a convienent and had big pictures of all the bottled beers on a brick wall in the back of the lot. Pretty cool.
All wood floors, huge wood bar, and a fully functional brewery in the brewpub make for a pretty fantastic experience. 9 beers on tap including three pub exclusives make it difficult to choose. I'm a huge fan of GL beers but to have them all lined up on tap is pretty tough to beat for even the most discriminating tastes.
The food was pretty good. I had the dortmunder chicken sandwich and my wife had a burger. Nothing memorable but they had recommended pairings for all their food.
Our waitress was sharp, attentive, and very knowledgable about all the beers. She pointed us in the right direction for the tour and was two steps ahead of us through the whole meal.
The tour really made the day for me. Terry gives you a nice history of the brewery, educates you on the ways the brewery helps minimize waste, use local products, and recycle their ingredients, and gives you a nice intro to all aspects of brewing. I'd strongly recommend doing the tour. It's well worth the trip.
The gift shop is small but nice. Plenty of cool glasses, shirts, and posters to lighten or wallet.
If you live anywhere in Ohio, you should take a day and make the trip. Even if you don't live in Ohio, you should plan to go here. It's a great brewery with great beers and it is a visionary company. Great place to foster beer advocacy!
05-22-2005 00:02:35 | More by mattcrill
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
The last time I was at GLBC, it was years before I even got into craft beer. As such I have been anxiously awaiting a return visit for quite some time now. The brewpub is located right over the bridge from downtown. Parking isn't too hard to find even on a busy Saturday night, between the pay lots and street parking.
Inside, the "Beer Cellar" is downstairs and is the ideal place to kill time while you are waiting for a table for dinner. Lots of brick, flat screen TVs, and all of the available beers. You can eat appetizers down there too (the pretzels seem to be the most popular). The ground floor and upstairs are devoted to dining. Great collection of breweriana adorns the walls, and the atmosphere is cozy.
But of course the beer is the attraction here. Even though I have had all of the beers except for Wolfhound Stout (which was served a little too cold in my opinion), there is that intangible benefit to drinking them on-site out of GLBC glasses. The Eliot Ness and Conway's Irish were both good too. Any visitor will immediately recognize the quality in the beers they brew.
The service here is great. The bartenders and wait staff are efficient and really know the beer. Our waiter knew my wife was drinking an Eliot Ness that she brought with her from the Beer Cellar. Big deal, right? Well to me the Eliot Ness looks a heck of a lot like Conway's. Maybe a lucky guess, but we were impressed nonetheless.
The nicest surprise of the evening was definitely the food. The walleye bites were good, and so was my bratwurst. As for my wife's plate, sweet-potato ravioli: Absolutely out of this world. Becoming vegetarian would be a snap with dishes like this. It is a must try! The food is pricey but worthwhile, and they do have some cheaper options for the budget-minded, like the pub burger. The menu details where the ingredients come from (nearly all were local/regional) and there is a beer recommendation for each dish.
All in all this place is the first place any beer lover should stop on a trip to Cleveland. Between the beer, food, brewery tour and gift shop next door you are in for a treat.
03-21-2005 03:22:23 | More by Dogbrick
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Came on a friday night, took the 8 o clock tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable, funny, and helpful. During the tour he passed around samples of grain and hops to be smelled and examined. At the end, he demonstrated proper serving temperatures by serving a bottle of Dortmunder ice cold and then slightly chilled. Definite difference there, and it was cool to get some beer on the tour.
From there, I sat down to dinner at the brewpub. There I got my first long-awaited taste of Blackout Stout as I decided on my entree. The food selections were diverse and interesting, and there was a beer recommendation for each dish. The bread they served with dinner was made partially from the spent grains that are mashed for the beer (I think I remembered the tour guide saying that). At any rate, the bread had a wort taste to it, a real treat for you homebrewers out there (I was thrilled at least). The server was very attentive and friendly, and answered our questions about the food and the pub itself. The food was excellent, way better than I expected for a brewpub. The Edmund Fitzgerald ice cream was also very good. Not only was the food good, but the prices were reasonable.
After dinner we stopped by the historic bar in the front of the restaraunt for another round (or two). The waitress was very friendly and was happy to show me where the bullet holes were that supposedly came from Eliot Ness. She also did a great job of filling a growler of Blackout for me.
We also stopped by the giftshop for some bottled beer and some glassware. They had some cool stuff there, and the lady behind the counter was very friendly.
This was one of the main reasons for our Cleveland trip, and I was not disappointed in the least. I am already planning more trips around GLBC's other seasonal beers. Definitely a great place to check out if you are anywhere near the area.
03-06-2005 17:44:39 | More by BeerFink
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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