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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
100 Beers
13,856 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 224
Visits: 481
rAvg: 4.26
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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Reviews: 224 | Visits: 481
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (1,504 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of brewohio1
2.43/5  rDev -43%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

15 years ago I loved their beers but they have really gone downhill. The beers are shells of their former selves. Especially Edmund fitzgerald and Christmas ale. Not sure if they have changed recipes or brewmasters. I got the strip steak and it came with POWDERED mash potatoes. Big letdown. (291 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of schroeder1200
3.58/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vibe:My folks and I were in town for the night as we were on our way to the Football HOF induction ceremony. The place was packed on a Friday afternoon. Outdoor patio seating looked cool. Up stairs and downstairs bars looked a bit cramped. We ended up at a table downstairs as it was the only room really available. The people seemed pretty cool and there were a few other out-of-towners.

Quality: The beers were really nice. Only had a couple duds that fell flat to me. We were lucky that they still had some of the Christmas Ale left over from the Christmas in July thingy they did. The Oktoberfest, Lake Erie Monster, and the Clevelander Weisse really stood out to me, with the last two really making a strong case for my favorites.

Service: was prompt and friendly. Pretty dang extraordinary for how packed it was in there.

Selection: I was pretty psyched for all 11 different beers they had on tap. They had a beer for everybody. Some safe picks like the Dortmunder and Eliot Ness Amber and some more challenging beers like the Clevelander Weisse and the Moondog ESB.

Food was pretty kick ass. Had a perfectly cooked burger and the grilled cheese is to die for. Though, my father is doing this whole pseudo-vegetarian thing to keep his gout at bay and the beet salad didn't do it for him.

I really enjoyed myself here and love that you can get a 5 oz sampler of all 11 beers for like $16. If I hadn't just gone from a mile up in elevation to about 650 above sea level I might have gotten a little drunk even. I will definitely return next time I am in Cleveland. (1,572 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of blackbranches
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Osulou92
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Absolutely wonderful brewpub. Quick service, amazing building, cool gift shop. My only complaint is the lack of unique in house beers. The only pub exclusive beer they had on tap was the Ales for ALS brew. Great experience other than that. (239 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I ate here with my family when we stopped overnight in Cleveland while on a road trip. The restaurant is located on a picturesque little street, with a public pay parking lot adjacent to the brewery. Both indoor and outdoor seating, the ambiance is eclectic, with a well worn and dark interior and an outdoor area that is modern and interesting. The food is excellent, local, and creative. The beer is well made, fresh, and from a decent selection. Great service and a nice crowd. Worth a visit. (501 characters)

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of TimH3
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Katkad
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Moondoggy68
4.56/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of RancidAggro
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Baconmaster
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Don't let the bad artwork on the bottles fool you. GLBC is a fantastic brewery and restaurant. (94 characters)

Photo of msumike89
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 420Dude
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TequilaTom
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went on 5/16 as part of a brewery trip given to me my my wonderful wife!
Could have stayed here all day. Food was good, beer was better! Chill wave on tap there was so fresh I thought I was in heaven! Planning on going back in the fall. The tour was ok too. Nice gift shop and friendly staff. Can't wait to go again! (316 characters)

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
95 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.