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Great Lakes Brewing Co. - Hopkins International Airport

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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
89
very good

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
$$$$ - very expensive


[ Bar, Eatery ]

5300 Riverside Dr
Cleveland, Ohio, 44135-3130
United States
phone: (216) 267-3440

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @glbc_cleveland

Notes:
Located near Gate C14 of Hopkins International Airport.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2005)
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mdunman

Texas

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Considering it's in an airport in Cleveland, it was a great stop. Other than the situation, it was just a good place.

In a small nook in the airport with a couple TV's and dim lighting was a nice place that served plenty Great Lakes brews. The bartender was a talkative, nice woman who made the afternoon pleasant.With its selection of Great Lakes brews on tap, it was worthwhile, but at a fairly high premium that made me second guess my choice. If I'm back at that airport any time soon I'll go back for sure, but I wouldn't get more than a beer or two.

01-05-2011 03:17:20 | More by mdunman
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

This is by far the best craft beer place I've found in any of the airports I've been to. I was actually very surprised to see it on the directory when I found out my flight was delayed a while. I went and had some Edmund Fitzgerald on tap. Good stuff. They had 8 different GL brews on tap. Great way to kill time in CLE airport. Atmosphere was very much like an airport, but what do you expect when it's in an airport. Quality was good since it was the first good craft beer pub I've seen in an airport. Service was good, but nothing to special. Selection was great if you're looking to try some GL.

10-22-2010 16:35:47 | More by steve8robin
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$

If you have a long layover in Hopkins; this is a great way to kill some time, which is what I was doing.

Place has a nice large bar area with plenty of seats and room for bags. Plus, there are a large number of tables around.

There were about 8 Great Lakes beers on draft. I had the Lake Erie monster, which tasted clean and fresh. Servers give pretty nice pours as well. There is also a pretty large selection of spirits to choose from.

I did have any of the food, but I checked out the menu and there really wasn't anything exciting about it. I was actually kinda hungry, but the menu was just to dull to tempt me.

The prices on the food seemed high, but the prices of the beer seemed pretty reasonable to me; it is in an airport though.

06-05-2010 01:27:43 | More by TommyW
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$

Stopped in here to kill some of our 3 hours layover on the way back from Vegas. Very small area, with some seats at the bar, and a few tables. Some signage from Great Lakes. Not bad for an airport.

3 Great Lakes beers were on tap while we were there, Dortmunder, Eliot Ness and Burning River. While we were there, the Burning River blew, and was not replaced while we were there. Nice imperial pints.

There was one bartender, and it was very easy to see that she had been there all day, and was frazzled. Tip- they ID every single person, if you are buying a beer or not. Kind of annoying, but it is posted on the wall.

The sad part, but what should have been the most expected, was that it was very expensive. Pints were $8 each, plus tax. Wow! Our beers were cheaper in Vegas. However, if you have time to kill, and want a good beer in an airport, this seems about right.

07-05-2009 14:37:09 | More by Bierguy5
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$

Wow, I'm happy to see an airport bar on BA. I'd like to someday see a separate category for these.

4 Great Lakes taps when I was there and I believe one bottle. There was also one macro beer if I remember correctly. Very expensive.

Staff consisted of one elderly blonde lady. She was kind and prompt but didn't know the beer.

This would not be beerfly worthy outside of an airport but in an airport, I'll take 4 Great Lakes beers at any price and with a smile on my face over the alternative. (Consider this review a comparison to airport bars only)

Worth a stop if you're stuck in the airport for a bit and get tired of the giant Sam Adamses and shots of tequila over at the Tequireria.

06-04-2007 21:46:06 | More by DaPeculierDane
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klewis

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$

Stopped by after getting to the airport about an hour early. AKSmokedPorter's description of the bar and its offerings are right on, so I don't feel the need to elaborate much more. Only one bartender when I was there as well, but at noon on a Wednesday, service was prompt and friendly. The beer selection was slim and the prices were quite expensive compared to your average pub, but being an airport bar, this was expected and on par with others. This is definitely the place to be if you've got a layover or some extra time to kill at Cleveland-Hopkins.

12-03-2006 02:55:08 | More by klewis
Great Lakes Brewing Co. - Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, OH
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.