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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 71
Beer Ratings: 27,589
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: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
An Excellent place to go for great beer and food.
I walked into the resturaunt and put my name it. They said it would be about 15 minutes. I sat at the bar with my girlfriend and ordered an Aniversary Ale.
The hostest came and got us... took us to our table. I got to sit right next to the brewing tanks in the resturaunt and watch the brewer do his thing.
The food was great. Homemade perogies... A lot of their food was cooked with their beer. The food I tasted was excellent.
After I was done with my Aniversary Ale I ordered and Oatmeal Stout. It took my waitress about 5 minutes to get it too me. She took my Oatmeal Stout off of the bill because it took her so long to get it to me... I didn't think it was long but I didn't argue. She also did not charge us for my girlfriends pop.
A great place with great service.
10-06-2003 23:14:56 |
More by Ellbert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Another trip to Cleveland and another wonderful visit to Great Lakes. Although I enjoy the Publick House in Southampton, I think Great Lakes is superior in its food selection. The sausage platter is worth the trip alone. Service is brisk, the employees are workmanlike and professional in their demeanor. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. If I had this place near my house I would be a stockholder by now. And what can I say about the beer. Just awesome. Although I didn't get to sample the Anniversary Ale (2 Burning Rivers and a Porter was about over the top), I saw many patrons enjoying it in the gold rimmed goblet they were providing.
Overall, this place sets a standard for quality that others should aspire to.
09-26-2003 14:26:45 |
More by beernbbq
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A major caveat to this entire review is that I visited GLBC a day and a half after a major blackout and Cleveland still hadn't figured out its water situation, therefore, no food was being served, and I had to work mightly, in between sips and gulps of glorious beer, to appease the rest of the hungry, non-beer drinking crowd I was with.
It was a Saturday afternoon, lunch-time, and the business was pretty light due to the circumstances mentioned above. Most of the activity was on the curb-side tables as embibers sipped and listened to the sounds of a carribean band playing at a market across the street.
The bar area was cozy, yet seemed spacious enough to handle a decent-sized crowd. Wooden and brass interior. There was a large restaurant area too, but it was obviously closed. No tours going on either.
I ordered their lone, non-bottled offering, the Barrel Select Pils. A nice one, as was expected. My two hungry nieces were getting restless by the time I ordered an Eliot Ness. They were starving fighting and screaming when I ordered an Eddie Fitz. Luckily I was enraptured and oblivious.
Quailty is of course, outstanding.
The waitstaff/bartenders were frazzled by their situation, though proabably less busy that usual. Friendly and professional and unduly apologetic.
I would have liked to see another specialty beer or two flowing. But I was plenty pleased with what I got. My nieces might give you a different story, however.
09-02-2003 05:38:57 |
More by cokes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Had a great time. We went there for lunch this Saturday and to catch a brewery tour. There was a thirty-minute wait so I introduced my dad to Edmund Fitzgerald; he now has a new friend in Edmund. I grabbed a Glockenspiel, a complex dark wheat beer, recommended by a fellow patron. I was not disappointed.
We took our beers outside to the beer garden to wait. We joined other people waiting for their table and some who were just enjoying a pitcher outside on a great day.
We got our table and the waitress immediately looked at my mom asking her where her drink was. She enjoys a beer once in a while so we got her a Locktender Lager, she really like it.
The food was good, a little pricey but thats how it goes in that part of Cleveland. We of course had to try the ice cream made with Edmund Fitzgerald. Awesome, it tasted just like you'd think, a mix of coffee and chocolate ice cream with chunks of chocolate in it.
Our tour guide was Terry; he provided a ton of info. It's amazing how much the brewery influences local business and lets nothing go to waste, nothing. By the way we had a new employee join us on our tour too. The new employees go through the tour and their own beer tasting. It's nice to know they are educating their staff.
I will definitely be ushering up my friends as soon as possible.
Possibly to check out their beer school they just started recently, right now they are filled up till December 3rd.
08-31-2003 00:32:12 |
More by smitty1080
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Like many places, the service depends on the server. Early in the day we had a great helper in Susan who was not only willing to help us know GLBC, but also the beers. She was very kind and helpful. When our local friends arrived we moved downstairs and the young lady there had had a bad day (or life) and wasn't all that interested in our needs. I'll give the place a 4 on service though because most everyone from Susan to the seaters were friendly, courteous, and helpful. One rotten apple shouldn't spoil the barrel.
Kick back and casual atmosphere; the Indians rule here. Big surprise, the Jake is just down Lorain and across the bridge. GLBC runs shuttles to the ball park from their brewpub. Way cool way to do the games. They give a super tour of the brewery and our guide, Terrence Ryan was super knowledgeable and helpful. He also does the ballpark run. Tastings at the brewery feature Dortmunder Gold at different temps so that newbies can see that warmer is better than frigid when tasting good beer.
Update: August 2003. This place just continues to impress me. We stopped on our way back from the East and had superb food and service on the brick sidewalk out front on a lovely summer night. The bad waitress with an attitude was nowhere in sight and our helper on this evening was not only a great waitress who cared about our needs, she was also a confirmed and dedicated hops lover who understands how Commodore Perry makes its mark. Upping my marks on both food and service - I think they get it on how to please customers and hire (and prehaps fire) the right people. The food is a bargain at the current quality and portion levels. Though the old lady is not a great beer lovers, still she commented that the best food she's had lately comes from places that serve good beers. What a breakthrough that!
08-03-2003 19:10:12 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
Great beer in a nice "pub" atmoshere. On the evening of my visit the bar keeps seemed more interested in talking amongst themselves, but they were friendly enough. Did I mention the great beer? The food wasn't bad either.
I would definitely visit here often, if I didn't live 4 1/2 hours away!!
The Dortmunder Gold is very good, as is the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. The Burning River Pale is nice too.
06-04-2003 20:10:12 |
More by SERowe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
The only thing better than a good brewpub is a good brewpub with good food.I had the opportunity to have dinner here one night and I really was impressed. A great classic brewpub atmosphere with decent beer and sevice. I love the smell of a brewery and when combined with the smell of good food it's like heaven. I can't wait for the next time I'm in the area.
06-01-2003 17:32:31 |
More by BierReise
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Great Lakes Brewing Company is one excellent place to eat and enjoy some excellent craft beers. The atmosphere is classic. The bar is a hundred year old masterpiece. The several areas to eat in are all beautiful. And the food is top notch. I'd recommend this place to anybody visiting Cleveland.
04-19-2003 06:11:33 |
More by jtw5877
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Crowded on the Friday eve after Christmas, two deep at the bar. Lots of tall windows and distressed wood booths and tables, nicely antiqued in look and atmosphere (apparently, its been a saloon for 100 years). Stainless steel on the ground level with a "cave" down below that has more tables and copper equipment. Upper level is "white linen" dining. Waitress had a good overall knowledge of beer, but fumbled when comparing Eliot Ness to that colored catastrophe, Killian's Red. They had an Imperial Stout the night I was in and it was delicious (unrated, because I was a little burned out evaluating after the 3 pints and the sampler). I wanted to go on the tour, but had other plans by the time the next one started. VERY good or at least solid beers across the board. The food was mixed according to myself and companions, an OK sandwich for me, an overpriced pennini pasta for others, a good vegetarian ravioli for another. For all the non-smokers, Great Lakes prohibits smoking despite no Cleveland laws against it...you can puff and leave your butts on the keg ashtray outside the front entrance if you want.
I was pretty dang impressed by this place.
12-29-2002 11:07:58 |
More by ADR
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Boy do I miss this place. I was a regular before I moved to Cincinnati. (I still stop in everytime I'm in Cleveland but it isn't nearly often enough). There is usually quite a wide range of beers on tap including one or more seasonal or specialty beers. I particularly remember the Nosferatu, a red beer (of course) which I think they brew up around Halloween. My standbys are the Burning River ( a nicely hopped but well balanced Pale Ale) and the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (very dry which is my preference over the sticky sweet variety). The atmosphere of the brewpub is almost as good as the beer. Cleveland is a blue collar town and the people are down to earth (a lot of microbreweries I've noticed draw a pretentious yuppie crowd, and Great Lakes gets them too but they are overwhelmed by the working stiffs). The food is decent too but I remember one of my favorite things to do on Saturday was to walk over to the West Side Market (just a half block away), grab a sausage and sauerkraut sandwich, wolf it down on the way to Great Lakes and then follow it with a yummie ale or two or three...
If you are ever in Cleveland this is an absolutely not to miss place.
11-30-2002 10:43:42 |
More by mickstepp
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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