Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 80
Beer Ratings: 34,242
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 211 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AwYeh:
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by a few times before and after Cavs games; in my mind one of the best ways to enjoy what Great Lakes has to offer.
First, the beer: all five of GL's year round offerings will be on tap (Dortmunder Gold, Burning River, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, and Edmund Fitzgerald), plus any seasonals and brewpub exclusive The Wright Pils. There usually are two other exclusives on tap, which are often seasonals served at an unusual time of year, beers that could be seasonals or otherwise coincide with Cleveland-area events, or simply beers they don't bottle and distribute. The pub exclusives are definitely the highlights of my visits; they're never of lesser quality than their more common brethren, and it's fun to try something unique considering how much I enjoy most of their beers.
I like stopping in the basement just for beer, but the food served is good too. Nothing out of this world, but much higher quality than standard bar fare (and much of it sustainably produced, which is a plus for me). Many of their sauces (and some food) incorporate one of their beers in the recipe, and these are all enjoyable. Drawback of the tasty, sustainable eating is the price- probably a bit higher than what you would pay for similar eats elsewhere.
Service is good, even though they're generally quite busy for most of the evening. I've never needed to wait too long for drinks, and food service is fully adequate. One of my favorite parts of coming on game days is the shuttle bus they provide to the arena; $1 for a round trip to and from the game. This means I not only avoid having to chip in for parking in downtown Cleveland (possibly on the 6th floor of a parking garage), but save a huge amount of time in traffic (and, as a bonus, can have another drink or two at the bar). Parking nearby can be a bit difficult, but I've occasionally gotten lucky and found a spot less than a minute walking distance from the door. Traffic in the area is no problem at all, and it's very easy to find the place.
The attached gift shop is decent but there's nothing out of this world; $6-8 glasses, $20 shirts, and some bottle artwork in poster form (these are pretty cool, but the really nice ones are $40 each). They also sell 6 and 12 packs of their distributed beer, as well as The Wright Pils (though it was out during my last visit).
12-29-2010 21:19:17 | More by AwYeh
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