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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
95 Beers
41,019 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 450
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States
phone: (216) 771-4404

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @glbc_cleveland

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Ratings: 450 | Reviews: 226
Reviews by Mitchster:
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally! I was able to hit GLBC while in Cleveland for a CME conference. It was kinda a hassle to find coming from across town, and I wasn't quite sure where to park. The brewery itself is right next to the brewpub. It was late at night, so I just went to the brewpub. They had the typical Commodore, Fitz, Eliot, Burning River on tap, as well as a few specials which I tried...Pumpkin ale, Hale Ale ( a wickedly delicious beer, which if I remember right was brewed with Lemon balm, basil, coriander and chamomile?), and an bourbon barrel aged strong ale/barleywine, which was served in a shot glass. 4-5oz samples were $1.50. I had the sausage and cheese sampler which was very good (the barley bread was delicious), but the sausage was really spicy! Heartburn city! I took a Chicken Pot Pie home with me, but it really wasn't a pie...more like chicken stew with a little bit of crust. Very rich, tasty, but also a small portion. The atmosphere here is pretty cool and caters to any conceivable crowd at any given time. Upstairs, you have a bar/pub area, a seperate sit down dining area, and a conference room. Downstairs you have an Irish pub (when I was there, there was a traditional Irish band playing), and upstairs, they have a special banquet room/hall for reserve events. The service was good, the food was good. The beer was excellent as always (Mmmm...Ed Fitz on tap is delectable), and the menu selection was good as well. I would go here again, especially if someone else was driving! Peace!

More User Reviews:
Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has old school Cleveland written all over it. A 2 story pub with multiple bars and lots of seating. The walls are graced with beer memorabilia from the past as well as GLBC itself. A huge wall of spent bourbon barrels cut in halves for decoration give a great look up stairs. The food is exceptional with every thing being made in house. Whether it be the Edmund Fitzgerald sauce, or Ohio grown beef it was just great. I had their signature bread pudding for dessert and it was out of this world. The beer selection is mainly their 5 year rounds, 2 seasonals, and 4 pub only beers which unfortunately they were sold out of 2 of the 4 pub exclusives. I did get to try the Abbey Ave dubbel which I downed about 3. I sampled the bird dog and had an Edmund Fitzgerald with my meal. The staff were friendly and fairly knowledgeable about their ales and lagers. The fantastic brewery gives free tours all day long, and it's stationed directly across the street. The gift store sits directly inside the pub with shirts, hats, glassware, etc, and 4 coolers of glbc bottled beer to take home. This would be an awesome daily stop on your way home from a long day of work if you lived in down town cleveland. Terrific brewery and just an great place to take your family.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of zachlink720
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jaxray8
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

all time favorite..my "go to"

Photo of meetyouoverboard
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Melocollo
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Really cool old-style pub feel to the place. Great beer but limited to just Great Lakes stuff- which is fine. 3 taps were exclusive to the place and a 4th was a limited release seasonal. The food was friggin sweet.

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Deggar
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of _morandi_
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of joer3155
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of redleg411
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Schmuckles
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of clh323
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Went here on a "cabin fever" Saturday in March when the weather had broke and everyone was out and about in the Ohio City section of Cleveland. The restaurant was too crowded to eat. We by-passed the main bar area and found the grotto bar downstairs. We were able to get a seat while ordering our second beer. This section of Cleveland is a great place to spend a couple of hours, especially the days the Westside Market is open. Along with the Great Lakes pub there are many other interesting joints around.

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of samparkique4
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Petevon5
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I carry the whole line of Great Lakes at my store Angelbecks in Montclair NJ. The beer is awesome across the board.

Photo of greg4579
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dcbobcat
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.5

Photo of mertzhb15
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is one of the big spots both for locals and tourists interested in beer, and rightly so. Located in the 25th street near West Side area, it's somewhat safe, and there is always plenty on tap. I never thought much of the food, but I really want beer at a great brewery, so it's acceptable.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.