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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 71
Beer Ratings: 27,480
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: 4.5 | 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
The last time I was in Cleveland, my good friend Todd took me to Great Lakes. I had some of their beers before, but I really didn't know what I was getting into. The pub was great. There was an English bartender who poured very nice pints and had lots of things to share with those of us at the bar. He wasn't annoying, he just knew what to say. The beers were amazingly fresh and this stands out in my mind as one of the best places to drink draught beer. The standouts were Burning River Pale Ale, Conway's Irish Ale, and Wolfhound Stout. The stout was a low alcohol stout that really was amazing. I really appreciate low alcohol brews that stand out. It shows some serious craftsmanship. This brewery is making amazing beers. If you are ever in the area, get to the GLBC and have a few pints. It is well worth it!
01-20-2004 13:32:29 |
More by Maestro
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
My three younger brothers and I drove up to Cleveland to visit on the occasion of a 30th birthday, and it was well worth it.
A: Located in a very cool old building, lots of old woodwork (including the bar), a unique straw-bale-walled bier garden, a stone basement, and also in an interesting nieghborhood with other attractions too. It got crowded fast, though - we were there as they opened and got a table right away but we were amazed at how fast it filled up.
Q: Anyone who knows Great Lakes knows that they make good beers, and a long list of their year-round, seasonal, and pub exclusive brews were available.
Service: the waitress was fine, but the free tour was exceptional. We ended up in a group of 6 people total, and the small group certainly helped that. We got up close to everything involved in the process (they don't brew on Saturdays, so that probably helped) and the tour guide was very informative and easy to talk to. We noticed that the group was much larger for the next tour - we took the first one available, at 1:00. I'm not a brewery tour veteran, but this was one of the greatest free things I've ever received.
Selection: see Q above.
F: What we had was good, not raging awesome. It seemed a bit on the expensive side, maybe - certainly more than what I'm used to in Grand Rapids.
03-08-2009 20:30:25 |
More by MDekker
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great Lakes Brewpub is excellent, through and through. right across the street from a wonderful local market, the brewpub sits on a tree lined street with a beer garden and streetside seating outside. inside one will find a cozy bar atmosphere, but the real gem is the beer cellar in the basement.
basically a second bar in the old beer cellar, set alongside holding tanks and smelling of old dampness. furnished similar to an old german beer hall, with out-of-place LCD screens behind the bar, this place just reeks of brewery history.
quality is great. clean conditions, proper glassware, great beers, and great food.
service was great. friendly and knowing bar staff are willing to discuss beer and seem to love beer at least as much as the average BA.
selection was the only aspect that left anything to be desired. four standard offerings from the brewery and three seasonal offerings, two of which not available in bottles. the Big Black Smoke was the highlight of the visit for this BA.
food was above a standard brewpub in quality, with very unique offerings, and high quality as well. the shitake pizza is a must have.
overall, anyone in the Cleveland area should hit up this brewpub. a very authentic feel and some great brews, along with a kickass beer cellar and a great location all come together to make this a solid stop for a brew. cheers!
06-05-2009 03:28:55 |
More by botham
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a weekday for dinner. The server was extremely nice and gave us a free sample of bread because we had never been there before. I've had all of GLBC's bottled beers before, but I had the Lake Erie Monster that was only available at the restaurant and brewpub at the time. It was fantastic! The server was very knowledgeable about the beers and the food. I had a burger, and my friend had a veggie sandwich with chips and beer cheese. The beer cheese was fantastic, and all the food was great for the price. Got a growler and a four pack of Lake Erie Monster from the gift shop. Overall, the service was fantastic. I will definitely stop in any time I am in the area. Don't pass up an opportunity to stop in to at least have a beer.
05-07-2010 01:26:03 |
More by PantherLightning
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I feel like an absolute idiot. I lived in Cleveland for 3 years back in the mid-90's and never went to Great Lakes. My excuse is that I wasn't into good beer at the time, but still.... I remedied that huge oversight yesterday when I popped up to Cleveland for lunch. I was home visiting my family and the brewery is about 90 minutes away. When looking for the brewpub (it's a very short distance away from the actual brewery), I pulled into a loading dock and came face-to-face with several large pallets full of all varieties of beer. I have rarely seen a more beautiful sight.
My friend and I got there at opening time, so getting seated wasn't a problem. Within 15 minutes though, the place filled up with dozens upon dozens of patrons, all in search of good food and drink. What I wouldn't give to live or work in the area again. The interior has, no doubt, been well-described by now, but I just wanted to mention how impressed I was with the ornate, carved, dark-wood bar. The food was the usual pub-grub. It didn't seem to stand out to me, but to be fair, I only had one thing. I had a Moondog Ale which I though was very good (I'm waiting to review it from the bottle) and a Lake Erie Monster Double IPA which was ok.
I wish that I had had the opportunity to stay longer and have some of my favorites on-tap, but we were pressed for time and had to go. I did manage to stop in to the attached gift shop and pick up a t-shirt, poster and several pint glasses. My wife's family lives on Cleveland's West Side and we normally visit them at least twice each year. I will be sure to stop by Great Lakes on almost every visit and you can bet that I'll linger and savor this place as it deserves.
06-29-2004 22:41:49 |
More by BuckeyeNation
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A really cool place to hang out, have a beer and a great meal. The basement was very cool (I think the building must be 100 years old or more) and was a great drinking environment. The main level had a bar also and the upstairs is where we ate. The service was excellent (I didn't even have to ask for a glass of water with my sampler, it was automatically supplied.) The quality of the beer was exceptional. The Dortmunder Gold was out of this world and the best of the bunch (and don't forget that my name is Porter17). The others were all unique and distinctive. I enjoyed every one of the 8 beers offered. The food was very good (the cheese soup and salmon entree were my choices). My finacee had the lobster pizza, which was good (only that they tried to serve us a reheated pizza first and we had to send it back. Shame!). The beer was a good value (the beer sampler was $8 for 8-four ounce beers) and the food was fairly priced too. This place is a must when you find yourself in Cleveland.
05-16-2006 02:14:28 |
More by porter17
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This brewery makes some of the FINEST beers in the world. They have won multiple GLOBAL awards for their beers. The Christmas Ale is the best Christmas beer I have EVER had. It is a Cleveland tradition to get a 6 pack the day it is released. And now they have Christmas in July were you can go to the brewery and get Christmas Ale on tap in July.
01-12-2013 19:24:31 |
More by Browns149
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been here many, many times, and each time is an absolute complete joy. The fact that the location has so much history behind it (not just since the brewery opened), and the original bar from the prohibition era is still being used is awesome. I have yet to ever sit out side on the street or in their newer side patio mainly because I love the downstairs cellar so much - one of my favorite places in the US.
Up until recently when GLBC started distributing more unique styles, there was always anticipation of what pub exclusive beers would be on draft. Now, we all have the pleasure of getting most of these in bars or bottles, even down in NC. Their selection will always have their "fleet" of beers, plus some great seasonal offerings.
Food is good (it won't knock your socks off though) and is sourced primarily through local farms, and they give their spent grains to help feed local livestock as well. Great gift shop with everything GLBC one would need.
Seriously, this is one of my favorite breweries to visit in the country - probably top 3 - and I encourage everyone to visit this landmark brewery like at some point in their beer drinking career.
08-16-2013 17:39:00 |
More by qcbrewer
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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