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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 27,376
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2516 Market Avenue
phone: (216) 771-4404
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 204 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
When I visited: May 2012.
What I had: The Wright Pils (draught), Commodore Perry IPA (draught), Holy Moses White Ale (draught), Grilled Bratwurst & Pierogies, Margherita Pub Pizza and white wine for the lady.
What I liked: Beautiful outdoor patio, delicious food, superb beer lineup that covers a wide range of styles, interesting one-offs, tried two GLB brews that I hadn’t sampled before, bartenders provided warm and timely service, cozy ambiance downstairs.
What I disliked: no guest taps or bottles, slow service on the patio, brewery attracts some "Bud Light" types due to central touristy location.
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall Rating: 84
07-22-2012 19:00:02 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
GLBC is the cornerstone of Cleveland's rapidly growing beer community and one of the first places where I started getting really interested in craft beer. Great Lakes has a typical, not too fancy pub and restaurant as well as their beer cellar (during evening hours) for patrons to visit. The atmosphere is what you would expect from a larger craft brewery...decent sized main bar with a steady crowd of people from lunchtime through evening and a handsome dining room that serves guests some tasty options from their kitchen. During the warmer months in CLE, GLBC's patio attracts large crowds especially during Indians home games and during happy hour. Great Lakes beer selection is generally around 8-10 handles. These always include favorites such as Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, and Edmund Fitzgerald plus there is a frequent rotation of seasonally made batches to fill in the rest of the tap selection. My recommendation for those who have had GLBC beers in bottles is to try any of the selections you have never seen before, as everything they make are pretty darn good. Service is always excellent. From the moment you arrive on the patio or the front hostess stand, service is always polite and with a smile. The bartenders pay close attention to your glass and ensure that you are always content while under their roof. Food includes standard pub fare including fish and chips, baked pretzels and a sausage and cheese platter. During the local harvest months, GLBC prides itself on using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible and even has a partnership with a nearby farm in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you are visiting and are planning on attending a Cleveland Indians or Cavs game, be sure to check out their Fatty Wagon which runs on straight vegetable oil. Roundtrip fare is $1 per person. Overall, Great Lakes continues to produce some of the finest beers around and is a great place to come visit.
05-31-2012 17:11:02 |
More by Stinger80OH
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently made my third visit to Great Lakes. The building has all kinds of history associated with it. As you enter, you are met with a dining area to the left with the gift shop beyond that. The upstairs bars and dining area are ahead of you. I have never dined nor drank upstairs. It is very clean and well lit. I had gone to the basement bar each time.
The basement is more dimly lit. The walls are cobblestone and it is a relatively small area. The bar was full on this occasion, so my date and I grabbed a small booth.
The server did not make us wait long before she attended to us. I was immediately disappointed when I found out that they ran out of Alberta Clipper earlier that day. They were also out of Rackhouse Ale and Tripel Dog Dare. I settled for a Abbey Ave. Dubbel. As with all Great Lakes selections, it was perfect for the style.
The menu isn't extensive but they have pizza and some nice comfort dishes. I settled on a open faced pot roast sandwich which was good but not great. My date chose the chicken pot pie and raved at how good it was.
Ovreall, I have had favorable experiences here. My only disappointment is that on the last two occasions there have been one selection of beer on tap that I cannot purchase in bottles. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Lakes beers. I just want to try some other offerings. I have either had poor timing or the beers are so good that the demand exceeds the supply.
02-10-2012 18:57:18 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
I've wanted to check out GL for some time, and what better excuse then the BA Blackout release?
The bar is simply awesome. You can feel the walls speaking to you, the history seeping out of the ornate woodwork. There's even a bullet hole in the wall from what they say is Elliot Ness' gun.
Quality is top notch. If you haven't had a Great Lakes beer, then you might not know what quality is. Every beer in their year-round line up is at or near the top in-style. And luckily, they were all on tap (and then some). Not a plethora of taps - I think eight or so?
No guest taps, just GL brews.
Service was good, and very good the following day. The female bartender who took care of us in the evening was a bit curt, but the gent the following afternoon was a gem. Apparently he's worked there for years, and it certainly shows.
I've heard the food is top shelf, but the only nibbles I had were at the ticketed BA Blackout release. And calling the snacks bland and half-assed is (believe it or not) a compliment.
Everything seemed to be priced accordingly, other then the gouging they put you through for growler fills. My buddy dropped $15 on a 64oz fill of their Moondog ESB. It's an ESB - and a mere four imperial pints worth. You can sit at the bar and order four pints for less then $15. Hmmm....
All in all, I'd say that Great Lakes is certainly worth hitting. Even if you're just driving through, stop in and check 'er out. I'm certainly glad I did!
01-25-2012 22:01:07 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I took a drive down to Cleveland with a few other BAs for the release of this year's Barrel Aged Blackout Stout.
The Great Lakes Brew Pub is a nice little place with a great atmosphere. It has some old-timey charm to the place that I kinda liked. The beer selection was pretty standard (with a sampling of their regularly bottled beers) but there were also a few pub only exclusives on tap.
The menu was also fairly standard for a brew pub. I decided to go with the reuben, which a bit of a disappointment.
The service was great, and everyone in our group seemed pleased with the experience. Maybe I'll head back there next year when BA Blackout is released again.
01-19-2012 13:54:54 |
More by trxxpaxxs
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop in for a few drinks and a quick dinner. When you walk in the place is set up like an old time bar and restuarant. There is a lot of wood and warm lighting. The main restaurant is to the left and there is a bar directly in front of the enterance. We went to the pub downstairs which was dark warm and inviting. It looked like an 18th century pub with flat screens. There is a chalk board with the on tap selections. On tap was five of the glbc regulars and four brewpub exclusives. We ended up going with some of the exclusives and they were fantastic. After the first round we ordered a buffalo chicken pizza which was different than I expected yet very good. The staff was knowledgable and very helpful and attentive. The price was very resonable, in fact we were kinda shocked at how low our bill was. Overall this is a great place, if you are in cleveland this is a must visit.
10-24-2011 21:17:27 |
More by goblue3509
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
A- We ate in the bar area which was very nice ,, with a long Mahoghany bar and old world pub charm it has tons of atmosphere.
Q- The quality of the fresh brews and food was great along with a friendly staff and clean environment I would say quality is very high.
S- The service was excellant.
F- The food was also excellant.
V- A little on the higher side as far as the food in concered but it was all very good and we had no complaints. The beer however I thought was very faily priced and was of top quality and freshness. IPA was $5 and their german ale seasonal was only $4 which is fine in my opinion.
Overall this was my first time at the brewpub but I have been a longtime fan of the beer and their establishment did not disappoint. I would recomend this to any beer/pub lover while in Cleveland.
10-12-2011 13:38:09 |
More by MP72
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: the patio was great. It looked like someone spent a lot of time and effort making this place look special and that time was well spend. Everyone around seemed to be mostly locals kicking back and having a relaxing beer after work. Everyone was happy and chatty.
Q: Outrageous, is probably the best one word description of the quality of this brewing company. I have tried and rated many of the beer this company has to offer and besides grassroots (which I find semi gross) I don’t think I have given very many of their beer below an A-.
Sel: There is no good was of saying this… it sucked. For being maybe without a doubt the best brewing company in Ohio and only having 9 beers on tap is weak. And not only did they only have 9 beers on tap but, 5 of the 9 were year round beer and 2 of the nine were seasonals. All 7 of those you could find in bottles anyways in Ohio and in most good beer stores in the mid-west. Any other bone I have to pick with them is there abv selection. Why are there no beers above 7.5%? I mean that absurd.
Ser: The patio was pretty packed a service on the food was still great. I waited a while to get my second beer but again it was packed so no complaints.
F: The food was excellent. I ordered this grilled chicken sandwich marinated in Dortmunder Gold on a pretzel bun, and it was the bomb. In the previous day was have some anxiety problems for the first time in my life, and was eating basically anything. And this chicken sandwich was like the only thing I ate for like 2 days before and 2 days after, that how good it was. Anyways I also enjoyed how they have suggested beer pairing with their sandwiches.
V: I really unsure because I wasn’t the one paying but it seemed on pair with most breweries as far as prices of food and beer go.
When I was first getting into drinking good beer this was my favorite brewery, and even though I have to say Founders (which when I find some time I defiantly need to visit) has now one me over there will always be a special place in my beer heart for this brewing company.
09-15-2011 15:37:31 |
More by minterro
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My boyfriend took me here as a birthday surprise last month! I've been wanting to try their brewpub for awhile-but hadn't made the trip out to Cleveland yet.
The place is located in a pretty crowded area of Cleveland just across the Burning River from some of the home of the indians.
The brewery is just across the street from the brewpub and offers a really good free tour. The gift shop is on the corner of the street between the two and offers all the Great Lakes classics and seasonals in addition to The Wright Pils-brewery only bottling.
Atmosphere-There was quite a long wait to get a seat inside or outside-so we opted to go to the pub in the basement-which was an excellent choice and had no wait. So when you go here- SIT IN THE BASEMENT PUB. The pub area is somewhat dark and industrial-but really reminiscent of a late 1800s/early 1900s pub in an industrial region. Really dark wood everywhere with slightly off-white walls. Small and cozy. The upstairs is more of a typical restaurant atmosphere.
The Beer- This is only my second experience at a prewpub affiliated with a big craft brewery with a large distribution radius (the other being Victory in Downingtown). The tap list is their typical year-round offerings (Dortmunder, Edmund Fitz, Elliot Ness, Burning River, Commadore Perry). The current seasonal (at the time O-fest), the Wright Pils (brewery only), and two prewpub only tap offerings (at the time cellar dwellar which is a Kolsch, and BA BLACKOUT STOUT!!). So I was clearly stoked to have the BA Blackout stout on-tap. In conclusion-they have a nice mix of their regular offerings and brewery/brewpub only exclusives.
Food and Service- Our service was timely and the server was able to answer my only question-regarding the cellar dwellar. The food menu was a mix of pub fare and some unique items made with local ingredients-which is always nice to see.
Overall- This is one of the more impressive brewpubs that I have been to. I will be revisiting here again.
09-13-2011 18:58:27 |
More by PittBeerGirl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm finally getting around to a review of GLBC after my third visit over a roughly seven year time span.
The most recent visit was on a very busy Saturday early afternoon when lots of stuff was going on in the surrounding area - charity walk and a street fair directly in front of the brewpub. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table for six and the service was a bit off which I'm not factoring in to my overall experience.
Great, old historic building near the Market so you could make this a half day's visit. For such a large, multi-level building, the bar is rather small.
The beer selection is mostly what they offer in bottles with the exception of maybe one or two. They had a "cellar" Czech pilsner and a smoked ported on the menu. Neither of them had an official logo or artwork so I assumed they were not part of the regular lineup. Both were excellent.
The food has a local, organic, and sustainable emphasis on it. Many of their sources are listed on the back of the menu and I suspect come from the market next door. We all enjoyed our meals and beer and I would continue to return to GLBC when in the Cleveland area.
08-22-2011 14:04:25 |
More by Yetiman420
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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